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."
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.