Huskies Falter Down The Stretch In 79-69 Defeat To #17 USC

Per The University of Washington Press Release…

LOS ANGELES – For the second consecutive game, the Huskies started hot against a top-20 opponent before faltering down the stretch. This time, the Dawgs dropped a road tilt against No. 17 USC, 79-69.

Washington came out running to start the night, scoring its first nine points off transition play. USC looked to take PAC-12 leading scorer Terrell Brown Jr. out of the equation early, and Emmitt Matthews Jr. was the beneficiary, scoring a quick ten points.

A deep three from Cole Bajema knotted the game at 20, but the Trojans finished the first half on a 22-5 run to take a 17-point lead into the locker room.

The Huskies cut the deficit to 12 midway through the second half, engineering an 11-0 run after switching to a man-to-man defense that flustered the Trojans. 

Brown led the Huskies with 23 points. He and Matthews combined for 43 to pace the Huskies – the sixth time they’ve combined for 40 or more this season. Matthews’ 20 point night is his highest single-game output since a 21-point effort in 2018.

Chevez Goodwin led USC with 24 points and nine rebounds. Drew Peterson added 14 as the Trojans remained tied for second in the PAC-12 standings.

UP NEXT

Washington concludes their time in Los Angeles with a trip to Pauley Pavilion to play No. 12 UCLA on Saturday night (7:00 PM, FS1).

 

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