The Huskies closed out the home season with a second loss in the last three games at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Washington will next face rival WSU in the Pac-10 Tournament Thursday night with its confidence shaken.
Venoy Overton started on Senior Night, but was one of the few Huskies to have a good first half against USC. / Drew Sellers, Sportspress Northwest
USC 62, Washington 60
Date: March 5, 2011
Venue: Hec Edmundson Pavilion
Washington found itself in another grinding affair, this time with USC. The Trojans were able to slow the game and control rebounding for a 62-60 win. On Senior Night, Washington shot just 2-for-16 from behind the 3-point line and closed the year losing two of the three final home games.
Star of the game
Jio Fontan Washington defenders had trouble all night keeping Fontan in front of them. His ability to drive and score or pass allowed the Trojans to build a quick nine-point lead. Whenever he came out, which was just for three minutes, USC struggled.
Play of the game
Down 56-50 with 3:13 remaining, Washington allowed three USC offensive rebounds. The Trojans ran almost a full two minutes off the clock during the stretch.
Washington shot just 2-for-16 from behind the three-point line.
Aziz NDiaye Did not score and did not collect a rebound in just 12 minutes.
Terrence Ross Did not get onto the floor for the first time this season.
C.J. Wilcox Was just 1-for-7 from the field a game after scoring 24 in a half.
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