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Roy's double-double powers No. 13 Huskies past USC

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Washington Huskies all agreed they were
in a must-win situation, despite it being early in the Pac-10
season. Consecutive conference losses will do that.

The 13th-ranked Huskies got back on track Thursday night with an
86-77 victory over Southern California as Brandon Roy had 23 points
and 13 rebounds, and Bobby Jones got 16 of his 22 points in the
second half.

"We already knew coming into the game that our backs were
against the wall," Jones said. "I mean, we were 1-2 in
conference. You don't want to start off conference play slow, then
put yourself in a corner and force yourself to win five or six in a
row. So it was a huge game."

The Huskies (13-2, 2-2) never trailed despite committing 28
turnovers. A 46-24 rebounding advantage offset the sloppiness and
the Huskies shot 50.8 percent from the field against a USC defense
that allowed both Arizona and Arizona State to shoot over 50
percent last week.

Washington has beaten USC in six of the last seven meetings
after losing seven straight to the Trojans (11-5, 2-3). It was only
the second game the Huskies have played outside Seattle this
season. The other was 35 miles down the freeway at the Anaheim
Pond, where they beat New Mexico in the John Wooden Classic on Dec.
10.

The Trojans have lost four straight to Washington by a total of
75 points.

Southern Cal's Gabe Pruitt scored all of his 21 points in the
second half on 6-for-20 shooting after going 0-for-6 from the field
in the opening half.

"I probably felt a little too anxious in the first half. I was
thinking too much and I didn't feel like I normally shoot," said
Pruitt, whose six field goals all were 3-pointers. "Every time I
shot it, they got a hand on me. The refs didn't see it and I tried
to let them know. But I had to keep playing through it. In the
second half, I just let the game flow to me and tried to do a
better job of going off screens."

Loderick Stewart had 16 points and Nick Young added 15 for USC,
which nearly erased a 19-point deficit. The Huskies, whose 90-point
average entering the game led the nation, opened with a 25-6 run
and held USC without a field goal over the first 4½ minutes.

"Their athleticism was tremendous. We had no chance to rebound
tonight," USC coach Tim Floyd said. "We forced 28 turnovers, but
we weren't able to finish shots in transition. I think 76 points is
enough to win a college basketball game, but we couldn't stop
them."

Pruitt made his first basket 26 seconds into the second half, a
3-pointer. He had a four-point play less than a minute later,
draining another 3 from the right corner and converting the ensuing
free throw after getting fouled by Jones. That sliced Washington's
margin to 47-39 after Washington led by 13 at intermission.

"Gabe Pruitt was phenomenal in the second half and we knew he
was capable of performing that way," Washington coach Lorenzo
Romar said. "I've seen him score 20 in a half a couple of times.
The Trojans are a very scrappy team and they definitely played with
an identity. I cringed when I heard we had 28 turnovers, but the
rebounding kind of offset it little bit."

The Huskies got the lead back up to 14 before Pruitt hit
consecutive 3s. He would have had a third, but it was waved off
because of an offensive foul by Ryan Francis near the basket with
9:36 left.

"I thought that was a momentum change right there," Pruitt
said. "I didn't really see the foul, but that probably would have
given us an extra boost."

Francis fouled out 73 seconds later. Pruitt's sixth 3-pointer of
the half got USC within 70-66 with 7:45 to go, and the Trojans got
as close as 73-70 on Dwayne Shackleford's two free throws with 5:44
left. But they made some costly turnovers down the stretch. The
Huskies put it away with Mike Jensen's 3-pointer and a dunk by
Jones which gave them an 81-72 lead with 4:01 to play.

Tempers flared under the Washington basket with 16:43 remaining
and the Huskies leading 52-39. Stewart and Jamaal Williams
exchanged words and had to be separated after a hard foul by UCLA's
Abdoulaye N'Diaye against Jon Brockman.

"This was probably the most physical game we've played against
them," Jones said. "That brings out the best in us, and we're not
going to back down. So that just made the game that much more
intense and physical. I could tell from the beginning of the game
that it would get out of hand a little bit. I got shoved out of
bounds one time, and I told the ref they might want to slow things
down."