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3-Points: Washington 80, USC 58

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Written by Dave Dulberg, USC blog contributor

The Trojans dropped their eight straight game on Thursday night by a score of 80-58 at the Galen Center, as Lorenzo Romar and the Washington Huskies secured at least a share of the inaugural Pac-12 regular season title.

  • Washington started the game on a 13-4 run highlighted by a ferocious Terrence Ross dunk and never looked back. But, the contest was won on the glass. The Huskies lit up the scoreboard in the first half for 40 points (most given up by Kevin O'Neill's squad in the first half this season) due to a dominate performance on the boards. After 20 minutes of play, Washington had more rebounds (30) than USC had points (26). "Their depth, their size and their experience just wore us down," O'Neill said. "They are a very tough matchup for us and we look forward to playing them again next season."
     
  • photos.jpgO'Neill wasted little time burning his timeouts on Thursday night. With over 19 minutes remaining in the contest, the Trojans had spent all but one of their timeouts. Despite the constant respites, USC had no answer for the veteran duo of Ross (18 points and seven rebounds) and local product Darnell Gant (14 points and nine rebounds)."[Washington] is definitely a tournament team and will probably win some games," said O'Neill. "People are not going to want to play them. Lorenzo [Romar] has done such a great job coaching them, mixing in young guys with their veteran scorers. Tonight, they just had more than us top to bottom." 

  • Even in a losing effort, freshman forward Byron Wesley's game is continuing to evolve at both ends of the floor. The Etiwanda native (pictured right by AP/Mark J.Terrill) followed up his impressive performance against the Sun Devils last Saturday by leading the Trojans in scoring with 23 points (a new career-high). Wesley now has eight consecutive games of double-digit scoring. "The great thing about our season is that Bryon Wesley has really matured into one of the premiere players in our league," said O'Neill. "He has taken advantage of his opportunities. It's going to make us a whole lot better down the line. He's a good player right now, but if he wants to be a really good player he needs to start living in the gym."
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  • The Trojans conclude their regular season on Saturday afternoon with a 3 p.m. tilt against the Washington State Cougars (14-15, 6-11). For those of you who can't make it to the Galen Center, feel free to stream the game for FREE on USCTrojans.com.

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