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Final: USC 86, UW 79

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Dec. 28, 2006 at 10:06 pm with No Comments »
December 28, 2006 10:06 pm

Star of the game: Southern California freshman Taj Gibson notched his league-leading seventh double-double of the season, with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Key stats: Four Huskies fouled out in 50 minutes, whereas a total of five Huskies had fouled out over UW’s first 11 games. … Washington still hasn’t been outrebounded this season, but USC kept the margin close: 39-38. … The Huskies committed 20 turnovers to USC’s 11.

Key run: Three-pointers by Gabe Pruitt and Nick Young pushed the Trojans ahead early in the second overtime and restored their confidence after a shocking end to the first overtime.

Observations: Washington’s five-game win streak over the Trojans ended. … The Huskies shot 43.9 percent from the field – best by a USC opponent this season. … USC’s Gabe Pruitt got his first start of the season after sitting out the first semester with academic issues. He scored 18 points. … USC has won nine straight games in the new Galen Center after losing on opening night.

Quotable: "I was pleased with the way we overcame adversity at the end of regulation. That three by Hawes was really a big play. He’s one of the most skilled young players I’ve seen." – USC coach Tim Floyd.

Next: 2 p.m. Sunday, at No. 1 UCLA, Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles

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