WSU rallies to beat USC

THURSDAY, JAN. 21, 2010, 10 P.M.

Moore scores 21 points for Cougars

LOS ANGELES — Reggie Moore had 21 points and six assists to lead Washington State past Southern Cal 67-60 on Thursday.

The Cougars (14-5, 4-3 Pac-10) trailed by as many as 15 before mounting a comeback midway through the second half.

Klay Thompson, who scored 11 of the Cougars’ first 14 points, had 20 points and six rebounds while Nikola Koprivica added 13 points and five rebounds.

Marcus Johnson had 16 points and Dwight Lewis 13 for USC (11-7, 3-3).

Washington State went on a 12-1 run in the second half to cut into USC’s 15-point lead. Koprivica’s 3-pointer with 12:46 left made it 42-38.

Koprivica hit another 3-pointer to put Washington State ahead 54-53 with 4:15 remaining — the Cougars’ first lead since midway through the first half. Koprivica made all three of his 3-pointers in the second half.

The Cougars made 14 of 25 field goals and committed three turnovers in the second half.

Both teams struggled from the free-throw line, with USC converting 12 of 21 and Washington State making just 17 of 29.

USC extended a 34-24 lead at the break with a 7-2 run that included two dunks to open the second half.

In the first half, the Trojans scored nine unanswered points capped by Johnson’s pull-up jumper to turn a 14-12 deficit into a 21-14 lead.

Washington State committed eight turnovers and shot 33.3 percent in the first half.

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