Trojans take Big Mo from UW

SEATTLE - For the Washington Huskies Thursday night, it wasn't home sweet home after all as they floundered too much early on and fell to the USC Trojans by a score of 67-64 despite a late game surge. With ESPN Game Day Saturday against UCLA, the Huskies lost a golden chance to move toward first place.

The Huskies (17-9, 7-7) got off to a fast start at the beginning of the game and got the crowd energized with a quick 8-2 in the first three minutes.

By the 11:13 mark in the first half, the Trojans (16-9, 8-5) had worked their way back into the game and tied it at 12-12 with the help of Leonard Washington and his four early points. He finished the game with 8 points and 8 rebounds.

USC began to pull away with 6:03 left when they had a solid 22-17 lead. They were led by senior Dwight Lewis, who led all scorers in the game with 22 points on 9 of 16 shooting from the floor.

Going into their respective locker rooms, it was the Trojans with the ball in their court leading 32-24.

Having a strong first-half for the Dawgs was Matthew Bryan-Amaning, who made an impact on both ends, finishing with 6 points on 3 of 3 shooting, 4 rebounds, and one block and steal. He remained a bright spot throughout the game with only a few mental lapses. He finished the game with 14 points on 6 of 7 shooting, 7 rebounds, 2 steals and a block.

Quincy Pondexter hit on his first shot of the game, but only hit on one other one and finished 2 of 7 from the field in the half finishing with just 5 points and 2 boards.

Pondexter came alive in the second-half and finished with 18 points on 6 of 13 shooting and 7 boards.

To start the second half, the Trojans came out strong, but the Huskies made a few defensive stops and brought the crowd back into the game by the 15:34 mark while USC maintained an 8-point lead of 40-32.

The Trojans began to pull away with 9:39 left as they built their lead to 52-38 behind the leadership of senior point guard Mike Gerrity, even though he only finished the game of with 12 points on 5 of 11 shooting and 3 assists.

With 5:09 left, the Huskies crawled back into the game with a high intensity defensive effort that included a full-court press. The crowd also came back to life and roared after back to back threes from Elston Turner, Jr. and Pondexter pulled the Huskies to within five at 56-51.

The Huskies continued to battle back and with 2:20 left they had pulled the score within three at 58-61.

With just 49 seconds left, Venoy Overton led the charge and the Huskies continued to inch closer at 61-63, but couldn't finish the game in their favor.

The Huskies ended the game shooting 44 percent from the field and 39 percent from beyond the arc. They also turned the ball over 13 times and had 26 points in the paint.

USC finished up shooting 47 percent from the floor and just 14 percent from three. They ended up with 14 turnovers and 34 points down low. Their largest lead came at the 9:50 mark in the second-half when it reached 16 points.

Next up for the Huskies will be the UCLA Bruins (12-13, 7-6) on Saturday at 6 p.m. PST in the Bank of America Arena. It will be aired live with the Game Day crew from ESPN.
Statistics:
Points: Pondexter 18, Bryan-Amaning 14, Overton 8, Holiday 6, Gaddy 6, Turner 6, Thomas 5, Gant 1
Rebounds: Bryan-Amaning 7, Pondexter 7, Overton 4, Turner 3, Holiday 2, Thomas 1, Gaddy 1, Breshers 1, TEAM 1
Assists: Thomas 4, Holiday 3, Overton 3, Gaddy 1, Turner 1
Steals: Bryan-Amaning 2, Holiday 2, Gaddy 1, Turner 1
Blocks: Bryan-Amaning 1, Turner 1


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