3-Points: USC 71, UW 60

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The Trojans are on a three-game winning streak, and moved to 6-5 in the Pac-12 just two games off the conference lead.

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Team Ball

Fontan-Cantu-Huddle-UW-McG.JPGBob Cantu played 10 different players, eight of which scored at least four points, as the Trojans put together a complete 40-minute victory leading wire-to-wire.  The atmosphere around this team and the Galen Center has completely changed in the last month.  "We're really just playing with no leash, really no limits," said junior guard J.T. Terrell, who led USC in scoring with 18 points.  "We're holding ourselves accountable more, and holding each other accountable."  The Trojan Family saluted the team with a standing ovation as the final seconds counted down. "That was a good sight to see," said Terrell, who has become a fan favorite.  "I just really like to have fun, and I would like the fans to have fun too." 

Picking Up Jio

USC did wobble a little bit coming out of the halftime break when PG Jio Fontan picked up three fouls in a four-minute span, including his fourth, which sent the team's floor general to the pine for almost 10 game minutes.  "I was a little nervous," admitted Cantu about losing Fontan.  The head coach turned to his freshman walk-on point guard Chass Bryan who stepped up by knocking down a pair of threes and dishing out two assists.  "We knew he could do the job," said Cantu.  "Those minutes that Chass gave us were so big." 

(Photo of Cantu and Fontan by John McGillen)

Free and Easy

A month ago, USC dropped a home game to Cal because the Trojans made only 8/18 free throws, which had become a glaring weakness for this team.  In this three-game win streak, USC has knocked down 41/49 from the stripe, including 14/15 tonight.  "We've been shooting a lot more in practice," said Cantu.  "Guys are playing with confidence and they are feeling good and they are stepping up to the line and making them when it counts."  Washington made only 4/14, so the +10 for the Trojans was basically the difference in the game.

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News and Notes

Ari Stewart had his hand examined after the game and will need X-rays, according to Cantu.  The Trojans head to the Bay Area for this week to play Stanford (Thursday on ESPNU at 8 p.m.) and Cal (Sunday on FSN at 7 p.m.).

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