No. 13 Washington St. tops No. 23 USC in 2 OT’s
Pullman, WA (Sports Network) – Taylor Rochestie scored 21 points and made six
free throws in the final 28 seconds of the second overtime, as 13th-ranked
Washington State secured the No. 2 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament with an 88-86
victory over No. 23 Southern California.
Aron Baynes had a career-high 25 points and made all 10 of his field goals for
the Cougars (24-6, 13-5 Pac-10), who won for the seventh time in nine games.
They swept the season series from the Trojans, also winning 58-55 on December
Kyle Weaver added 15 points and 13 rebounds for Washington State.
Lodrick Stewart scored 22 for the Trojans (21-10, 11-7), who lost their second
in a row for the first time this season, also falling at Washington on
Thursday. Nick Young and Gabe Pruitt each added 19 points, while Taj Gibson
ended with 11 points and nine boards.
Down 81-78 in the second OT, Stewart missed a three-point attempt to tie the
game with under a minute left. Rochestie made two at the line with 28 seconds
left, but the Trojans wouldn’t quit.
Pruitt hit a three-pointer and Daniel Hackett added a layup with 7.6 seconds
left after two more Rochestie foul shots for an 85-83 margin. Rochestie made
two more at the line before Pruitt launched another long three with one
The Trojans fouled Baynes, who made the first free throw, but missed the
second, as USC was without a timeout, and a desperation heave at the buzzer
wasn’t close to the basket.
Baynes’ one free throw gave the Cougars a 64-61 lead with 17.3 seconds left in
regulation, but Stewart banged in a three from the right wing with 5.6 seconds
left to force overtime. Rochestie missed a long shot at the buzzer.
Stewart was fouled beyond the arc by Weaver with 2.1 seconds left in the first
overtime. Stewart made two of the shots, missing the middle opportunity, and
Low’s desperation heave for WSU was off the mark to send the game into a
USC led 40-35 at the half.
Low ended with 14 points, while Robbie Cowgill added 11 for the Cougars…USC
shot 50 percent from the field, while Washington State ended at 46 percent.