February 19, 2009 in Sports

Cougars fall at USC

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Dwight Lewis scored 17 points, Taj Gibson had 16, and Southern California held off Washington State 61-51 on Thursday.

USC (16-9, 7-6 Pac-10) led by 14 in the second half before the Cougars went on a 17-4 run to pull within 45-44. Daniel Hackett hit a jumper from the top of the key and Lewis had seven points down the stretch to give the Trojans the win.

Hackett added 12 points for the Trojans , who are 13-1 at home.

Taylor Rochestie scored 16 points for Washington State (13-13, 5-9). The Cougars’ leading scorer, Klay Thompson, who averages 13.3 per game, went 0-for-5 in the first half and finished with five points.

Caleb Forrest added 12 for Washington State.

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