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    Men's Basketball Drops 70-66 Decision to Washington State

    Feb. 25, 2015

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dexter Kernich-Drew scored 19 points, DaVonte Lacy added 17 and Washington State held off a late rally to beat Southern California 70-66 on Wednesday night.

    Josh Hawkinson added 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Cougars (12-15, 6-9 Pac-12) to tie the school's single-season record with 17 double-doubles. It was Washington State's first road win since Jan. 10.

    The Cougars stayed in front the entire second half but had to hold on tight.

    WSU led 55-36 with 11:19 to go, but the Trojans (10-18, 2-14) staged a furious rally to cut the lead to 69-66 with 13 seconds to go. Hawkinson made 1 of 2 free throws to give the Cougars a valuable four-point lead with six seconds left, and USC turned it over on its final possession.

    Julian Jacobs had 16 points, nine assists and five rebounds to lead the Trojans. Malik Marquetti and Katin Reinhardt scored 16 points apiece and Nikola Jovanovic had 10 points and seven rebounds.

    Washington State made six 3-pointers in the first half, including four by Kernich-Drew, to get out to a 37-27 halftime lead. The Cougars set the tone with runs of 10-0 and 14-2 in the opening period.

    Lacy scored 13 of his 17 points after the break, including nine straight points during a 12-4 run that made it 55-36 with 11:19 to go.

    Reinhardt and Jacobs led the Trojans rally with 12 points apiece in the second half.


    USC: hosts Washington on Saturday.