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USC leads WSU 34-24 at the half


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As I prepared to write this halftime post, the first thing I did was examine the WSU season lows for points in a first half (25 vs. ASU) and shots made (six vs. Kansas State). They got the latter with eight, four from Klay Thompson and three by Reggie Moore. But the former, that fell as the Cougars' offensive ineptitude (or was it USC's defense?) resulted in the 24 first-half points. ... WSU hit 8 of 24 shots (even my bad math tells me that's 33 percent) while USC converted 13 of 31. ... The Cougars reverted to their 2-3 match-up zone midway through the first half, but it didn't really matter when the Trojans were able to get out run with abandon – by my count they had 12 fastbreak points – because WSU couldn't take care of the ball, with eight turnovers, four of which directly to transition hoops. ... At least the Cougars didn't start slowly, leading 14-12 halfway through. But USC finished the half on a 22-10 run. We'll be back at the end of the game.




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