No. 13 Washington Downs USC, 99-69
Feb. 4, 2005
SEATTLE (AP) - Tre Simmons scored a career-high 29 points and JamaalWilliams added 21 to lead No. 13 Washington to a 99-69 victory over SouthernCalifornia on Thursday night, giving the Huskies their best start in nearlythree decades.
Washington (18-3, 8-2 Pac-10) is just off the pace of the 1975-76 team thatstarted 19-2.
Simmons scored from the outside, on the fastbreak and by driving down thelane. He was 11-of-21 from the field and hit six 3-pointers. He had sixrebounds and three assists.
Williams was effective inside and finished 9-of-10 from the field. WillConroy posted his second career double-double with 13 points and 10 assists forthe Huskies, while Mike Jensen scored 10 points.
Lodrick Stewart had 13 points for the Trojans (9-12, 2-8), who have lostthree straight.
Aggressive pressure defense forced Southern Cal into 24 turnovers.
The Trojans led by five points when Williams took over in the paint and ledthe Huskies on a 21-5 run. He had nine points in the spurt that gave Washingtona 31-20 lead with 6:25 to play in the half.
Southern Cal cut the lead to four points, but Washington ended the half witha dunk-filled 16-2 run that made it 47-29 at halftime.