Final: USC 73, UW 59

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From ESPN.com:

Mayo showed his brilliance as a scorer, with 20 of his 29 points in the first half, but it was the rest of the Trojans keying a second-half surge as USC routed Washington 73-59 on Thursday night.

The Trojans won for the sixth time in their last seven games, thanks to the likes of Dwight Lewis, Davon Jefferson and Angelo Johnson, who were largely responsible for USC’s stunning 19-0 run early in the second half that sent Washington fans toward the exits with 11 minutes left.

Jefferson finished with 17 points and Lewis added nine as the Trojans (15-7, 6-4 Pac-10) got coach Tim Floyd his 300th collegiate victory in a career that has included stops at Idaho, New Orleans and Iowa State.

The game wasn’t as close as it appears in the final score.  SC put this one in the books with about 10 minutes left in the 2nd half.  U-Dub just went ice cold in the 2nd half while SC was making everything in sight.  The story of the night was O.J.’s dominant offensive performance.  He was hitting from inside/outside and using nearly everything in his repertoire.  At one point in the 1st half, O.J. accounted for 16 of the team’s 22 points, which was huge because Taj had to sit on the bench with 3 fouls early.  To cap it off, O.J. finished the night embarrassing Ryan Appleby on a fast break using a behind-the-back dribble to leave Ryan swiping at air and casually laying it up for the basket.

About a month ago I predicted SC beating Wazzu at GC by 5 because I felt our team matched up well against the Cougs.  Of course I didn’t know Coach Floyd was planning to bench Davon.  So I’m hoping Saturday’s game will be redemption for my prediction.  I still stand by my pick…

Kyle Bunch

Partnerships for R/GA Ventures. Raised in California, adopted by Texas. Opinions expressed here are mine and they are fantastic.

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