The Huskies lost their fourth straight game, their third straight at home and have fallen to 12-11 overall and 3-7 in the conference.
Here is my game story from today's paper.
With UCLA coming up next, coach Lorenzo Romar admits that this has become a time of the season where things could go south fast if the team stops believing it can win.
Meanwhile, at least 45 minutes after the game while I was writing, out walked Quincy Pondexter back onto the court for a few minutes of practice. Desperate times calling for desperate measures, I guess.
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Star of the game: USC freshman star O.J. Mayo scored a game-high 29 points, hitting 11 of 22 shots from the field. About 13 minutes into the game, Mayo had 18 points while Washington had 16.
Key stats: USC came in as the toughest Pac-10 team to shoot against, and they held the Huskies to 36 percent accuracy. … Washington outrebounded USC, 44-29. … UW's free throw shooting problems continued, as the Huskies hit five of 10 attempts.
Key run: Ryan Appleby tied the game with a 3-pointer early in the second half. USC answered with a 3-pointer by Dwight Lewis, and that ignited a 19-0 run that settled the game. During the stretch, Washington missed 12 straight shots.
Observations: The Huskies have lost three straight home games for the first time since the 2002-03 season. ... UW opened in a 2-3 zone defense and used it most of the way. … The win was the 300th of USC coach Tim Floyd's college career.
Quotable: "We just played a zone team in Arizona State, so we were kind of in a rhythm with the zone. I think we did a good job of moving the ball and creating open shots." – Mayo, on UW's zone defense.
Next: 1:30 p.m. Sunday, vs. No. 5 UCLA, Hec Edmundson Pavilion.