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Huskies clinch at least a share of title

Fri., March 2, 2012

Terrence Ross scored 18 points and Washington defeated Southern California 80-58 Thursday night to clinch at least a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title.

The Huskies can win the conference title outright for just the second time since 1953 if they beat UCLA on Saturday and complete a sweep of the Los Angeles schools for only the third time since 1979. Washington (21-8, 14-3) has won 10 of 11 and six of its last seven on the road. It last won the league title outright in 2009.

Byron Wesley scored a career-high 23 points and Garrett Jackson added 14 for the Trojans (6-24, 1-16), who lost their eighth in a row and fell to 4-12 at home with one game left before next week’s conference tournament.

A Washington loss to UCLA could allow California to share the regular-season title if the Golden Bears win at Stanford on Sunday. Cal would earn the top seed because it beat the Huskies.

Washington scored the first two baskets of the second half, extending its lead to 44-26.

Led by Wesley and James Blasczyk, the Trojans chipped away and reduced their deficit to single digits for the first time since early in the game. The duo combined to score 12 of USC’s first 14 points to get within 49-40. Wesley has been a bright spot for the Trojans, notching a career high for the second straight week. Blasczyk added 10 points.

From there, the Huskies ran off seven straight to lead 56-40 and cruised the rest of the way. Darnell Gant added 14 points and nine rebounds, helping the Huskies dominate the boards, 49-23.

Washington led by 17 points in the first half, getting two separate 8-0 runs early and then a 12-8 spurt capped by Abdul Gaddy’s three-point play that made it 36-19.

Gaddy botched an alley-oop dunk play near the end of the half, but the Huskies were ahead by a comfortable 40-26 margin at the break.

USC shot just a tad worse than Washington’s 43 percent in the half, but the Trojans were dominated in the paint, while the Huskies had more points off turnovers and second-chance baskets.

Oregon 90, Colorado 81: Devoe Joseph scored 24 points and Garrett Sim 19 for the Ducks (21-8, 12-5) in a victory against the Buffaloes (19-10, 11-6) at Eugene, Ore.

Carlos Emory added 14 points for the Ducks, who trailed 41-36 at halftime.

Oregon State 77, Utah 67: Jared Cunningham had 17 points and six assists, Joe Burton added 13 points and seven rebounds, and the Beavers (16-13, 6-11) snapped a five-game losing streak with a win over the Utes (6-23, 3-14) at Corvallis, Ore.

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