No. 12 Washington Tops USC, 84-59

Jan. 6, 2005

AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tre Simmons scored 22 points and No. 12 Washingtondefeated Southern California 84-59 Thursday night for its ninth consecutivevictory.

The Huskies (13-1, 3-0 Pac-10) are off to their best start in 29 years. Thelast Washington team with a longer winning streak was the 1982 squad that won10 in a row.

The Trojans (7-7) have yet to win a Pac-10 game under interim coach JimSaia, getting swept on the road at Oregon last week. The 0-3 mark is theirworst conference start since they began 0-4 in 1991, but still made the NCAAtournament.

Freshman Nick Young scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half to leadthe Trojans.

Washington raced to a 10-0 lead as the Trojans went 5{ minutes beforescoring. The Huskies scored 20 points off USC's 17 first-half turnovers andthey were 14-0 in second-chance baskets.

USC trailed by 18 points three times in the first half and was down 36-19 atthe break.

The Huskies dominated the start of the second half with a 10-3 run to take a46-22 lead. USC answered with a 14-3 spurt, including five points by Young, butit barely put a dent in the Trojans' deficit as they trailed 49-34.

USC never made any kind of run in the second half, when the deficit was 20points most of the way.

Washington's Mike Jensen was in foul trouble most of the second half, butstill finished with 14 points. Bobby Jones fouled out with 5:41 to play afterscoring eight points.

The Huskies have won four of their last five against USC after losing sevenin a row.

USC fell to 1-6 when they score under 70 points. They are 5-5 since Saiatook over a month ago after Henry Bibby was fired.

The Trojans are still without guard Errick Craven, who has a sprained rightankle.

USC's cheerleaders wore white sweaters with oranges on the front, signifyingthe Trojans' Orange Bowl victory over Oklahoma on Tuesday for football'snational championship.

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