Jan. 22, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The road-weary Huskies (12-6 overall, 3-4 Pac-10) take on another team reeling from a late loss, USC (11-7, 3-3), this Saturday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 pm in Los Angeles at the Galen Center.
Washington lost 62-61 to UCLA on a last-second buzzer beater by former walk-on Mustafa Abdul-Hamid. Down the road, USC dropped a 67-60 decision to WSU after leading by double digits in the second half.
Saturday's game will be broadcast on FSN West and FSN NW with Paul Sunderland calling play-by-play and Francis Williams and Brandon Granville providing color. The ISP Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game with Bob Rondeau supplying the play-by-play and Jason Hamilton providing color commentary. Live Gamertracker is available for free and audio is available by paid subscription on the Dawg Channel All-Access on GoHuskies.com.
The Trojans endured a tough offseason in which their coach Tim Floyd resigned and lost three starters (Taj Gibson, Demar DeRozan and Daniel Hackett) to professional basketball. Former Arizona Interim Coach Kevin O'Neill is in his first season at the helm for the Trojans. O'Neill's program was dealt a blow earlier in the year when they announced they will be ineligible for post-season action due self-imposed probation. Nonetheless, the Trojans have trudged on, but have lost 3 of their last 4, including a 67-60 loss on Thursday to WSU and are 11-7 overall, 3-3 Pac-10. Dwight Lewis leads the Trojans with 13.8 ppg and has been better in Pac-10 action with 16.5 ppg. Nikoka Vucevic is averaging 11.7 ppg and leads the conference with 9.3 rpg. Alex Stephenson gives USC a formidable front court with 10.1 ppg and is third in the Pac-10 with 8.0 rpg. High-flying Marcus Johnson averages 9.9 ppg and late addition Mike Gerrity (9.2 ppg) round out the starting five.
UW And USC History...
With a season sweep over the Trojans last year, Washington tied the all-time series at 65-65. Since 2002-03, the year Lorenzo Romar took over for the Huskies, UW is 10-4 against USC and is 5-2 in Los Angeles. during that stretch. Washington is 26-37 (.428) all-time against the Trojans in Los Angeles, the team's best road winning percentage Pac-10 against a non-Pacific Northwest team. USC coach Kevin O'Neill is 1-1 all-time against the Huskies.
Last Time They Met...
On one of the most memorable days of the Pac-10 season last year, Washington beat USC 60-51 at the Galen Center on Feb. 21, 2009. Earlier in the day, Washington State upset UCLA at Pauley Pavilion, which gave Washington the chance to be alone atop the Pac-10 standings again after losing to the Bruins the previous Thursday. The Huskies didn't initially respond to the added opportunity, trailing by double digits in the first half. But, the duo of Quincy Pondexter and Venoy Overton took over for the rest of the game. Overton's trademark ball pressure frustrated Trojan ball handlers and Pondexter scored 22 points on 10 of 13 shooting. Pondexter scored eight points in the last five and a half minutes to secure the victory.
Last Time Out For Washington
Seldom-used Mustafa Abdul-Hamid hit a jumper from the top of the key as time expired to lift UCLA to a 62-61 victory over Washington. Venoy Overton's basket with 3.2 seconds to play gave the Huskies a 61-60 lead before the Bruins hurried downcourt and Abdul-Hamid, a junior who entered Thursday with only 24 points in 10 games, became a hero. The officials watched the replay to confirm that Abdul-Hamid's shot came before the buzzer. Freshman Reeves Nelson led the Bruins (8-10, 3-3 Pac-10) with 16 points and six rebounds, and Malcolm Lee added 13 points. Abdul-Hamid scored four points. Quincy Pondexter had 23 points and Isaiah Thomas 11 for the Huskies (12-6, 3-4).