Saturday, February 20, 2010
Halftime: Washington State 23, USC 19
By Pedro Moura
It hasn't exactly been an eventful first half in Pullman, Wash.
After 20 minutes of play, Washington State leads USC 23-19 at the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. WSU's Marcus Capersand USC's Dwight Lewis each have seven points to lead their respective teams, but scoring has been at a premium thus far.
The game started off well for the Trojans, as forward Alex Stephesonconverted a layup on the game's first possession. But USC wouldn't score again for nearly five minutes, when a Nikola Vucevic dunk tied the score at 4-4.
USC did manage to pull in front, 19-18, on a Leonard Washington dunk with 90 seconds to play in the half, but a 3-point play from Capers and jumper from DeAngelo Casto gave the Cougars the 23-9 lead at the half.
Interestingly, WSU's Reggie Moore and Klay Thompson — the high-scoring duo we highlighted pregame) have combined to go 0-for-9 on field goal attempts. Moore made two free throws late in the half, but Thompson's been held scoreless.
Only four players have scored for the Trojans. Point guard Mike Gerrity is 0-of-4 from the field as USC has collectively shot just 35 percent.