Washington Huskies woes continue with 62-56 loss at USC

The Washington Huskies losing streak is at an unlucky seven consecutive games with Thursdays nights 62-65 loss to the USC Trojans. Thursday nights loss went how it’s been for the Huskies. Keep it close in the first half then suffer a dreadful spell of inability to close down defenders, rebound and misfire on the offensive end.

USC center Nick Rakocevic scored 19 points, Jonah Mathews added 16 and Southern California snapped a three-game losing streak as it rallied for the victory without forward Onyeka Okongwu (concussion) and guard Kyle Sturdivant (bereavement)

“It was a great win for us,” said USC coach Andy Enfield. “We really battled. We were a little inconsistent in the first half. It was a rough week. We had 8 guys show up tonight and compete. Other guys stepped up, our team rallied around that.”

Okongwu is eighth in the Pac-12 in scoring and tied for third in rebounding. The Trojans (18-7, 7-5 Pac-12) trailed 30-25 at halftime and were down 42-35 midway through the second half before going on a 16-4 run to take control. Mathews scored eight points during the run and Rakocevic added four.

USC scored the first seven points during the run and held Washington scoreless for 7:10.

Jaden McDaniels led Washington (12-13, 2-10) with his third double-double of the season, 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Isaiah Stewart had 13 points and 11 rebounds for his 10th double-double. The Huskies have dropped nine of their last 10.zim

The Game was tied at 20 when the Huskies went on a 10-3 run during a five-minute span late in the first half. A layup by Utomi pulled the Trojans within 30-25 at halftime. The Trojans started the second half with a 11-0 run to regain the lead.

After both teams continued to battle throughout the second half, USC went on a 13-2 and held Washington scoreless for a seven-minute stretch. The Trojans’ surge was capped off by Rakocevic’s and-one that put USC up 10 to keep the game out of reach.

The Trojans held Washington to just 8-for-31 shooting in the second half. USC also had a season-low six turnovers throughout the entire game.

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