SEATTLE (AP) — By means of the very first 7 games of Pac-12 engage in, Noah Dickerson had but to come across his way at the offensive conclude. He was harassed and discouraged and unable to have any place close to the creation envisioned from Washington’s senior forward.
Washington can only hope Wednesday night’s efficiency by Dickerson is just the start out.
“I explained to you we had a tank,” Washington mentor Mike Hopkins claimed.
Dickerson scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Matisse Thybulle extra 17 points and 7 steals, and Washington hardly ever trailed in beating Southern California 75-62 on Wednesday night time for its 10th straight acquire.
Washington (17-4, 8- Pac-12) ongoing its very best start out to convention engage in considering the fact that the 1952-53 time irrespective of sloppy stretches of the second 50 percent exactly where the Huskies had a number of wasted belongings when they could have set the Trojans away much quicker. Most egregious was a few straight turnovers whilst primary by 11 and noticed the Trojans pull within 62-55 with 5:05 remaining.
But when the Huskies desired a basket, Dickerson spun by way of the lane to finish remaining-handed whilst staying fouled and concluded the a few-position engage in with 4:08 remaining to press the guide back to 10. It was the most important spotlight from a night time exactly where Dickerson looked nearer to the dominant pressure he was during the nonconference plan.
“When he is self-assured and he has that search in his eyes, he’s a hard guard,” Hopkins claimed. “We kept likely to him, feeding him and he created.”
David Crisp scored 15 points and Jaylen Nowell had 12 for Washington.
Benny Boatwright led USC (12-9, 5-3) with 22 points and Nick Rakocevic extra 16 points and 10 rebounds. But a 3rd scorer hardly ever designed for the Trojans, who fully commited 18 turnovers and ended up outrebounded 40-28.
“We performed tough but we didn’t engage in excellent. We had too lots of turnovers, gave up way too lots of offensive rebounds,” USC mentor Andy Enfield claimed. “Then we missed a few layups in the second 50 percent, a few front finishes of 1-and-1 and the recreation was tight.”
Dickerson had struggled for the earlier month as groups paid more attention to him on the offensive conclude. Washington’s primary put up player was routinely the issue of double groups and almost never would get cleanse appears to be like at the basket.
From USC, Dickerson and his teammates discovered strategies to get him open probabilities inside of the paint. Dickerson also had several second-probability opportunities with 6 of his rebounds coming on the offensive conclude. Washington outscored USC 24-10 in second-probability points.
“I’ve been ready for that,” Dickerson claimed. “I like just one-on-just one. It is a great deal much easier. … It is great to have space to engage in once more.”
Washington led by as lots of as 16 late in the very first 50 percent and only a late flurry of points from Boatwright, together with the only 3-pointer of the 50 percent for the Trojans, kept USC within 11 at the 50 percent.
Washington quickly allow that guide evaporate in the opening levels of the second 50 percent, viewing the Trojans pull within 41-37 right after 5 swift points from Rakocevic. But that was as close as the Trojans would get as Washington answered each and every USC run with huge shots of its individual irrespective of stretches of sloppy engage in and lousy shot assortment. USC was within 54-49 right after Boatwright’s 3-pointer with 9:41 remaining, but consecutive 3s from Dominic Environmentally friendly and Nowell pushed the guide back to 11.
70 OR A lot less
Washington had held each and every opponent in convention engage in to 70 points or a lot less. Colorado was the only crew to access 70. USC was averaging 77.7 points for each recreation.
USC: The Trojans still have not discovered the reply actively playing outdoors of Los Angeles. USC is 1-6 in games not performed in Los Angeles this time, the only acquire coming back in November in Kansas City, Missouri against Missouri Condition.
Washington: With a acquire on Saturday, Washington would become just the ninth crew in the Pac-12 considering the fact that the 1978-79 time to access 9- in convention engage in. Arizona commenced the 2016-17 time 10- in advance of its very first loss in convention engage in but in advance of the Wildcats it had been considering the fact that the 2003-04 time considering the fact that a crew commenced 9-. Stanford commenced the 2003-04 time 17- in advance of losing.
USC: The Trojans will experience Washington Condition on Saturday.
Washington: The Huskies will host UCLA on Saturday.