Friday , Dec , 29 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

USC edges Washington in double-overtime

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Nick Young scored six of his game-high 25
points in the second overtime, as Southern California edged No. 14 Washington,
86-79, in the Pac-10 opener for both clubs at the Galen Center.

Taj Gibson added 22 points and had 10 rebounds while Gabe Pruitt scored 18 for
the Trojans (11-3, 1-0 Pac-10), who improved to 9-1 at home.

Spencer Hawes finished with 24 points while Ryan Appleby scored 18 for
Washington (10-2, 0-1), which is now 0-2 on the road.

The first extra session was nip and tuck, with USC gaining a 72-70 edge on a
Young jumper with just over a minute to play. Washington turned the ball over
on the other end, and Keith Wilkinson hit one of two free throws to make it a
three- point game.

The Huskies missed their first three-point attempt, but got the rebound and
called timeout with one second left. Hawes then drained a trey to induce a
second OT.

Young took over in the second overtime, netting six straight points to give
the Trojans an 84-79 lead. The Huskies failed to score on their ensuing
possession, and Pruitt hit a pair of free throws on USC’s ensuing possession
to ice the game.

Washington led 36-31 at the break behind the effort of Appleby, who went 5-
for-6 from behind the arc for 15 points.

USC kept it very close throughout the second half, though, setting up a
thrilling finish.

Gasser nailed a three-pointer with 4:38 on the clock to give the Huskies a
60-56 edge. Pruitt and Gibson hit a pair of free throws each on consecutive
trips down the court, however, to knot the game at 60-60. The Trojans then
forged ahead, but a pair of Jon Brockman free throws in the closing seconds
tied the game at 64-64 to force overtime.

Game Notes

USC now has a 63-62 lead in the all-time series…USC scored 21 points off