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USC stops WSU, 61-51


There was an impressive rally in the second half. But the 15-point deficit WSU built with its almost 8-minute first-half scoring drought was just too much to overcome. The Cougars, behind Taylor Rochestie and DeAngelo Casto, cut USC’s lead to one (45-44) on Casto’s 3-point play. In fact, when DeMar DeRozen missed on the other end, WSU had a chance to take the lead. But Rochestie couldn’t get a 3-pointer to drop with 7:05 left, and Dwight Lewis hit a baseline jumper on the other end. Three empty possessions later, USC was up six and the Cougars would never get closer than four after that. Rochestie led WSU with 16 while Caleb Forrest, who kept the Cougars close in the first half, added 12. Taj Gibson paced USC most of the night, scored 16, with Dwight Lewis, who didn’t play in USC’s Pullman win, adding 17. We’ll be back in about 90 minutes with the game story.

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