Noah Dickerson scored 21 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and recorded his 19th career double, double to lead the Washington Huskies (17-4, 8-0 Pac-12) to a 75-62 win over the second place USC Trojans (12-9, 5-3) Thursday night at Alaska Airlines Arena. It was the Huskies tenth win in a row and kept their unbeaten conference record at a perfect 8-0.
” It was nice to see him again. We gave him the ball eaerly and when he is confident and he has that look in his eyes, he’s a tough guard,” Huskies head coach Mike Hopkins said. “We kept going to him, feeding him and he produced.”
The Huskies came into the game leading the conference in shooting percentage but were held to just 45% from the field. The difference maker for the Huskies was their go to the hard-nosed defensive effort and solid rebounding. The Huskies outrebounded the Trojans 40 to 28 and had a 12 rebounding advantage in the second chance category which the Dawgs turned into 24 points.
The Husky defense shut down the Trojans when it mattered holding the visitors to just seven points in the last five minutes of the game while scoring 13 points to remain undefeated at him this season.
“ We rebounded the ball and kept them out of transition, defeense wins championship we were able to win against a quality team added Hopkins after the game.
The Huskie have held every opponent in conference play to 70 points or less. Colorado was the only team to reach 70. USC was averaging 77.7 points per game before Thursday nights contest.
With a win on Saturday, Washington would become just the ninth team in the Pac-12 since the 1978-79 season to reach 9-0 in conference play. Arizona started the 2016-17 season 10-0 before its first loss in conference play but before the Wildcats it had been since the 2003-04 season since a team started 9-0. Stanford started the 2003-04 season 17-0 before losing.