Per The University of Washington Press Release…..
Washington (17-4, 8-0 Pac-12) continued its best start to conference play since the 1952-53 season despite sloppy stretches in the second half where the Huskies had multiple wasted possessions when they could have put the Trojans away far sooner. Most egregious was three straight turnovers while leading by 11 and saw the Trojans pull within 62-55 with 5:05 left.
But when the Huskies needed a basket, Dickerson spun through the lane to finish left-handed while being fouled and completed the three-point play with 4:08 left to push the lead back to 10.
Benny Boatwright led USC (12-9, 5-3) with 22 points and Nick Rakocevic added 16 points and 10 rebounds. But a third scorer never developed for the Trojans, who committed 18 turnovers and were outrebounded 40-28.
Dickerson struggled for the past month as teams paid more attention to him on the offensive end. Washington’s primary post player was regularly the subject of double teams and rarely got clean looks at the basket.
“We were sharing the ball. We were working it and he was the key to that a couple of times. When he’s confident and he has the look in his eyes he’s a tough guard. We kept going to him and feeding him and he produced. He was big time tonight.” Washington head coach Mike Hopkins said,
Against USC, Dickerson and his teammates found ways to get him open chances inside the paint. Dickerson also had several second-chance opportunities with six of his rebounds coming on the offensive end. Washington outscored USC 24-10 in second-chance points.
“We’ve been going with what works and every night it’s someone else. Tonight Noah got to dominate.” senior guard Matisse Thybulle said.
Washington led by as many as 16 late in the first half and only a late flurry of points from Boatwright, including the only 3-pointer of the half for the Trojans, kept USC within 11 at the half.
Washington quickly let that lead evaporate in the opening stages of the second half, watching the Trojans pull within 41-37 after five points from Rakocevic. But that was as close as the Trojans would get as Washington answered every USC run with big shots of its own despite stretches of sloppy play and poor shot selection. USC was within 54-49 after Boatwright’s 3-pointer with 9:41 left, but consecutive 3s from Dominic Green and Nowell pushed the lead back to 11.
Washington: With a win on Saturday, Washington would become just the ninth team in the Pac-12 since the 1978-79 season to reach 9-0 in conference play. Arizona started the 2016-17 season 10-0 before its first loss in conference play but before the Wildcats, it had been since the 2003-04 season since a team started 9-0. Stanford started the 2003-04 season 17-0 before losing.
Washington: The Huskies will host UCLA on Saturday.