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Cougars Drop Pac-12 Opener to USC 90-77

USC led by 25 points three times in the first half before taking a 54-37 lead into the locker room. USC led by 25 points three times in the first half before taking a 54-37 lead into the locker room.

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Nikola Jovanovic led Southern California with 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Trojans opened Pac-12 Conference play with a 90-77 win over Washington State on Friday night.

Jordan McLaughlin added 19 points for the Trojans (12-2), who have won seven consecutive games. USC had lost 10 straight Pac-12 road games since winning March 6, 2014 at Washington State.

Josh Hawkinson led WSU (8-5) with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Ike Iroegbu, the only other Cougar with more than nine points, had 13.

USC led by 25 points three times in the first half before taking a 54-37 lead into the locker room. The 54 points in a half were a season high for USC and against Washington State.

McLaughlin, mixing jump shots with impressive drives to the basket, scored 16 points in the half on 7-for-9 shooting.

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