LOS ANGELES – J.T. Terrell scored 18 points and Eric Wise scored 12 as USC defeated Washington 71-60 on Sunday night.
The Trojans (11-13, 6-5 Pac-12) never trailed in winning their third game in a row. Omar Oraby scored nine points, all in the first half, and Dewayne Dedmon had eight points and nine rebounds.
Wise completed a three-point play for a 65-58 lead and Terrell and Jio Fontan each sank a pair of free throws down the stretch for USC. The Trojans made 14 of 15 free throws, with the only miss – by Fontan, who was 5 of 6 – coming in the final minute.
Scott Suggs scored all 16 of his points in the second half to lead Washington but the Huskies (13-11, 5-6) lost for the sixth time in seven games. Washington made only 4 of 14 free-throw attempts – and 1 of 6 in the second half.
Abdul Gaddy had 12 points and Aziz N’Diaye had 10 points and 12 rebounds. C.J. Wilcox, the Pac-12’s fourth-leading scorer, was held scoreless in the second half and finished with eight points.
Suggs made consecutive baskets, including a tough left-handed bank shot with 5:20 remaining, and a 3-pointer to pull Washington to 63-58 with 3:30 left. He scored a long 2-pointer with the shot clock about to expire to make it 66-60.
But Shawn Kemp Jr. fouled out on Washington’s next possession and the Huskies turned it over on their following two possessions.
USC sat Fontan with four fouls for more than 9 minutes but backup Chass Bryan helped maintain the lead with a pair of 3-pointers, the last after Washington got within 58-51 on a dunk by N’Diaye.
USC shot 53 percent from the field in the first half and led 40-29 behind Terrell’s 10 points, Oraby’s nine and Fontan’s six assists.
The Huskies committed seven turnovers in the first 20 minutes, including traveling and double-dribble violations.