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Boatwright's 22 not enough as Trojans fall to Huskies in Seattle, 75-62

January 30, 2019
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SEATTLE - Coming off a strong three-game homestand in Los Angeles, the USC Men’s basketball team travelled up to Seattle for a battle against the Washington Huskies.

Early on, the home team came out with all of the momentum. Winners of nine straight games, Washington was the aggressor early on. USC struggled to beat Mike Hopkins’ 2-3 defense and handle the noise of the homecrowd. The Huskies led 13-4 at the first media timeout.

In an effort to jumpstart the offense, Andy Enfield subbed in Elijah Weaver and Kevin Porter Jr. for Jonah Matthews and Shaqquan Aaron while J’Raan Brooks had to replace Nick Rakocevic after the big man was whistled for his 2nd personal foul. The substitutions, accompanied by Derryck Thornton and Bennie Boatwright, helped USC get back into the game as the Trojans cut down the deficit to 13-15 and the unit Washington scoreless for nearly five minutes with around ten minutes left in the half.

However, for the rest of the half, the Trojans struggled. They shot just 33% from the field(8/24) and 1/7 from three. And although Rakocevic returned, he was limited while trying to avoid getting called for his third foul. For Washington, senior guard Matisse Thybulle had 7 points, 3 steals, and 2 blocks in the first half alone. All in all, USC trailed 25-36 at halftime.

The Trojans showed heart in the second half. Everytime it seemed as though Washington was going to pull away, the Trojans responded by cutting down the deficit. Ultimately however, they were unable to pull off a run to pull off the upset. USC was outrebounded once again 40-28, largely due to Noah Dickerson, who had 14 by himself. Another problem was the lack of production outside of Bennie Boatwright and Nick Rakocevic. The quartet of Mathews, Aaron, Thornton, and Porter Jr. shot just 9/24 for 22 points.

After tonight’s loss, the Trojans fell back into third place in the conference, tied with ASU, UCLA, and Arizona at 5-3 in conference play. Up next, they’ll travel to Pullman to take on the struggling Washington State Cougars, who are 8-14 and losers of four straight coming into tonight.

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WHO: Washington State Cougars 

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WHERE TO WATCH: PAC-12 NETWORK

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