Huskies Hang On To Beat Trojans

March 7, 2003

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nate Robinson scored 18 points as Washington beatSouthern California 95-89 Thursday night.

The Trojans (10-16, 5-12 Pacific 10 Conference) failed to clinch a spot inthe Pac-10 tournament, but can still get in with a win against Washington Stateon Saturday.

The Huskies (10-16, 5-12) led for most of the game and seemed to have ananswer for every Trojan comeback attempt.

Southern California was down 73-69 with 11:19 remaining but went on a 20-6run to take a 83-79 lead with 6:16 remaining.

Errick Craven helped ignite the comeback, scoring 11 points during the run.

Washington answered quickly, going on a 6-0 run to take a 85-83 lead with4:18 remaining.

USC tied the game at 87-87 with 1:13 remaining, but Washington scored thenext four points to take a 91-87 lead with 25.9 seconds remaining.

USC's final attempt at a score was thwarted when Rodell Smiley stepped outof bounds with 17.9 seconds reaming to put the game away.

Will Conroy and the Huskies led for most of the game and seemed to have an answer for every Trojan comeback attempt.

Curtis Allen added 17 points while Brandon Roy scored 16 for Washington,which broke a four-game losing streak.

USC was led by Desmon Farmer with 23 points. Craven added 19 while JerryDupree scored 17.

The Trojans lost their seventh straight game.

The lead went back and forth in the first half. Washington jumped out to a13-2 advantage after going on an 11-0 run.

USC answered with a 13-2 run to tie the game at 15-15 with 12:46 remaining.Neither team was able to pull away as both exchanged baskets, leaving the gametied at 37-37 after Jerry Dupree made a slam dunk with 2:23 remaining.

Washington then went on a 7-0 run to take a 44-37 lead with 1:41 remainingin the first half. USC quickly responded with a 6-0 run to bring the Trojanswithin 44-43 with 40 seconds remaining.

Washington took a 45-43 lead into halftime.

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