Sorry for the delay ... computer troubles. (The Huskies aren't the only ones with problems on the road.)
However, in this case, coach Lorenzo Romar thought the road was only a secondary problem for his team. The No. 1 problem might have been a heartbreak-hangover from that last-shot, last-second loss at UCLA on Thursday.
“It’s something we talk about: ‘Let’s move on, let’s turn the page,’” Romar said. “I’m not so sure (we were over UCLA) emotionally. We were so charged up after last week. We were really charged up until (the final play at UCLA), and all of a sudden I thought we were somewhat deflated. I just don’t know if we were able to bounce back from that. That was a tough one. Should we be able to? Yeah. But I don’t know if we did.”
Washington never led. And it took the Trojans (12-7 overall, 4-3 Pac-10) less than seven minutes to work their lead into double digits.
Venoy Overton led Washington with 18 points, his season high and one short of his career best. Isaiah Thomas added 14 points – 11 of those in the second half. But Quincy Pondexter, who entered the game as the No. 3 scorer in the Pacific-10 Conference, managed two points – less than a 10th of his season average -- on 1-for-10 shooting.
USC forward Marcus Johnson led all scorer with 22 points, while four other Trojans scored in double figures.
“SC’s a really good basketball team for starters,” Romar said. “But Venoy Overton really got us going. And we were able to cut that down to 10 by halftime when it looked like it might be getting away from us early. But the second half, I thought we went to the zone and did a fairly good job of them not scoring every time. We did a fairly good job of getting stops. But when we started to get stops, it was just difficult for us to be able to score tonight.”
The loss drops UW to 12-7 overall and 3-5 in the conference.
And if heartbreak was the problem, the Huskies won’t have much time to heal. They return to action Tuesday night at home-sweet-home against Seattle University in the final non-conference game of the regular season. Then they conclude the first round of Pac-10 play next Saturday when Washington State visits.
Halftime: Trojans up, 42-32. Venoy Overton leads all scorers with a driven 12 points. Marcus Johnson leads USC with 10 points.
UW shooting 40 percent, USC 60.1.
In other words, UW better plan defense this half.
7:46/1st Huskies came out flat and USC jumped to a fast 19-6 lead. Since then, it's been a matter of the Huskies trying to chip away. Now it's SC 28, UW 19.
Tipoff: Huskies going with the same lineup as they did at UCLA: Breshers, Holiday, Pondexter, Gaddy and Thomas.
USC averaged 5,054 at home. Doesn't look like they're going to go much over that tonight.
Hour till tip: The Huskies and Trojans are out on the Galen Center, shooting around. Huskies in purple, Trojans in white.
Once again, something very close to a must-win for the Huskies. First off, I'm sure they're as tired of answering the why-can't-you-win-on-the-road questions as we are of asking it. But also, only once ever has a team won the Pac-10 with as many as five league losses ... and UW has four already.
Normal gameday blogging planned here: pregame news as it happens, lineups, in-game updates, and postgame notes and quotes. Comments always encouraged... so much more fun with more voices being heard.