SEATTLE – Noah Dickerson scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Matisse Thybulle added 17 points and six steals, and Washington never trailed in beating Southern California 75-62 on Wednesday night for its 10th straight win.
Washington (17-4, 8-0 Pac-12) continued its best start to conference play since the 1952-53 season despite sloppy stretches in the second half in which the Huskies had multiple wasted possessions when they could have put the Trojans away far sooner. Most egregious was three straight turnovers while leading by 11 and saw the Trojans pull within 62-55 with 5 minutes, 5 seconds left.
But when the Huskies needed a basket, Dickerson spun through the lane to finish left-handed while being fouled and completed the three-point play with 4:08 left to push the lead back to 10.
David Crisp scored 15 points and Jaylen Nowell had 12 for Washington.
Benny Boatwright led USC (12-9, 5-3) with 22 points and Nick Rakocevic added 16 points and 10 rebounds. But a third scorer never developed for the Trojans, who committed 18 turnovers and were outrebounded 40-28.
Dickerson struggled for the past month as teams paid more attention to him on the offensive end. Washington’s primary post player was regularly the subject of double teams and rarely got clean looks at the basket.
Against USC, Dickerson and his teammates found ways to get him open chances inside the paint. Dickerson also had several second-chance opportunities with six of his rebounds coming on the offensive end. Washington outscored USC 24-10 in second-chance points.
Washington led by as many as 16 late in the first half and only a late flurry of points from Boatwright, including the only 3-pointer of the half for the Trojans, kept USC within 11 at the half.
Washington quickly let that lead evaporate in the opening stages of the second half, watching the Trojans pull within 41-37 after five points from Rakocevic. But that was as close as the Trojans would get as Washington answered every USC run with big shots despite stretches of sloppy play and poor shot selection. USC was within 54-49 after Boatwright’s 3-pointer with 9:41 left, but consecutive 3s from Dominic Green and Nowell pushed the lead back to 11.
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