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Thursday, February 18, 2010
Final: USC 67, Washington 64

By Pedro Moura

It wasn't as easy this time around, but USC beat Washington again Thursday night 67-64 at the Edmundson Pavilion in Seattle.

A complete team effort gave the Trojans the victory. Guard Dwight Lewis led all scorers with 22 points, but three other USC players scored least 10 points. Only two Huskies were in double figures — guard Quincy Pondexter (18 points) and forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (14).

USC led 32-24 at halftime, but the Huskies put together a second-half run to close to within 61-60 after Venoy Overton converted a layup with 1:25 left.

But USC's Mike Gerrity took control from there, making a layup and a clutch jumper while controlling possession of the ball. Overton made one free throw and a late 3-pointer, but it was too little too late, as USC earned the victory.

USC coach Kevin O'Neill relied almost exclusively on forward Leonard Washington as his power forward,  playing Alex Stepheson only 11 minutes. Washington responded well to his 29 minutes on the court, recording eight points, eight rebounds and a steal.

For the Trojans (16-9, 8-5), it was their first true road victory outside of Los Angeles this season. USC had won the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii in December on a neutral court and beat UCLA in Westwood last month — but that was it.

Thursday was only the second loss in 18 home games this season for the Huskies (17-9, 7-7). The Bank of America Arena at the "Hec Ed Pavilion," as it's known, was bouncing in the second half of the game, but Gerrity's shot quieted the crowd.

The Trojans now travel to Pullman, where a matinee with Washington State awaits them on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Cougars fell 71-51 to UCLA on Thursday night.