SEATTLE (AP) – Jio Fontan scored 20 points, Nikola Vucevic added 19 points and 10 rebounds and Southern California held off Washington’s furious second-half rally for a 62-60 win on Saturday night.
Next to UCLA, the Trojans were the hottest team in the conference heading into the weekend. They stumbled on Thursday night at Washington State only to rebound against the Huskies. USC will take the No. 4 seed into next week’s Pac-10 Conference tournament and face fifth-seeded California in the quarterfinals.
USC (18-13, 10-8) led by as many as 14 early in the second half, only to see Washington chip away and close within 49-45 with 7:38 left. But the Huskies made just one field goal over more than 11 minutes late in the game, getting 13 of their final 23 points at the free-throw line.
Isaiah Thomas continued to struggle shooting but led Washington (20-10, 11-7) with 16 points. The Huskies made a season-low two 3-pointers.
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