Trojans ride UW out of town

Marcus' Johnson's 22 points led five USC Trojans in double-figures, as the men of Troy pasted Washington 87-61 Saturday night at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. Every starter for USC scored at least 11 points, while they held UW's Quincy Pondexter to his lowest point total in over a year. It's also the fourth consecutive road loss in league for the Huskies,

It's unclear whether or not this Washington team will win a game on the road this year. In many ways, their struggles mirror that of the 2007-08 team, a team that was only able to muster one road win in league play that season.

USC (12-7, 4-3) roared out to a 21-10 lead by the second television timeout, and never looked back. The Huskies were able to pull the deficit back to only eight after a Venoy Overton layup with 2:47 left in the half, but that score was countered with a Mike Garrity contested 3-pointer.

In the second half it wasn't much different, as USC's Nikola Vucevic made a 3-pointer to extend the Trojans' lead to 45-32. The Huskies were only able to muster 29 second-half points, and their last basket came with 4:47 left in the game. A Justin Holiday dunk cut USC's lead to 21, and from there on out they could only create points via the free throw line.

And Pondexter, who was the Pac-10 Player of the Week last week, went 1-10 and scored only two points for the Huskies (12-7, 3-5), who have lost all four of their road games in the Pac-10 so far this year. The last time Pondexter scored less than two points was when he was held scoreless in 25 minutes at Portland in 2008.

Johnson led all scorers with his 22 points, followed by the 19 of senior guard Dwight Lewis. Gerrity and Alex Stepheson each contributed 15 points, while Vucevic added 11, as well as 13 rebounds.

Overton led the Huskies with 18 points, the first time he's led UW in scoring in nearly two years. Isaiah Thomas was the only other Husky in double-figures with 14 points.

The win for the Trojans moved them into a five-way tie for second along with Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and Stanford, who are behind 5-2, California. They beat Oregon State 65-61 at Haas Pavilion on Saturday. The Huskies are in eighth place, two-and-a-half games back of the Bears.
Statistics:
Points: Overton 18, Thomas 14, Holiday 8, Bryan-Amaning 8, Gaddy 6, Suggs 3, Pondexter 2, Gant 2
Rebounds: Pondexter 8, Bryan-Amaning 6, Gaddy 4, Holiday 4, Breshers 3, Thomas 2, Overton 2, Gant 2, Trent 1
Assists: Bryan-Amaning 2, Pondexter 1, Gaddy 1, Thomas 1
Steals: Pondexter 2, Bryan-Amaning 2, Overton 1
Blocks: Bryan-Amaning 1


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