Men's Basketball Drops 70-66 Decision to Washington State|
Feb. 25, 2015
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.
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.