The bottom line is that UW leaves LA in the unwanted company of Oregon State as the only Pac-10 teams without a conference win, and the Huskies understand the trouble they have gotten themselves into.
"If you get too deep in this league, if you lose too many, you put yourself in a real real tough situation, and we're in a pretty tough situation right now," senior guard Tim Morris said. "We're a little buried in the hole, and we have to dig outselves out. It's not that we have any teams coming up that are going to be easy to play."
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Star of the game: USC forward Dwight Lewis led all scorers with 17 points. On an afternoon of poor shooting by both teams, he was the rare player to hit most of his shots: seven of 12 from the field, two of three from the free throw line.
Key stats: Washington committed 20 turnovers. … The Huskies turned 22 offensive rebounds into only eight second-chance points. … UW shot 33.3 percent from the field. … This was Washington's third straight game scoring 55 points or fewer.
Key run: After trailing for the first 28 minutes and 41 second, Washington finally took the lead, 41-40, on a Joel Smith 3-pointer. USC answered almost instantly with a 14-0 run that settled it.
Observations: Coach Lorenzo Romar tweaked his starting lineup for the second consecutive game, inserting point guard Venoy Overton in place of Justin Dentmon. … USC freshman O.J. Mayo, the second-leading scorer in the Pac-10, had one point at halftime on 0-for-6 shooting. Mostly well-guarded by Morris, Mayo ended with 15 points on 4-of-13 shooting. Mayo has reached double figures in all 16 games of his college career. … UW senior Ryan Appleby was shut out for the second consecutive game, missing all five of his shots.
Quotable: "What we're trying to become is a veteran team that plays through adversity and plays through mistakes. We're not there yet." – UW coach Lorenzo Romar.
Next: 6 p.m. Thursday, vs. Oregon, Hec Edmundson Pavilion. FSN.