Behind 31 points from Byron Wesley, the USC Trojans defeated the Washington State Cougars, 79-68 to put an end to their 10-game losing streak. The win also moves the Trojans up to No. 11 in the Pac-12 standings, which is relevant with the conference tournament beginning on March 12.
The Cougars held a 36-35 lead at halftime, but the Trojans used a 16-2 run in the second half to take a five-point lead that they never relinquished. The Trojans led by as many as 17 and saw their lead get cut to nine with 2:30 remaining.
Coming out of a timeout, Wesley then responded with a three-point play to push the Trojan lead back to 12 and the Cougars would never threaten again.
DaVonte Lacy led the Cougars with 20 points and he shot a game-high 14 3-point attempts, but he managed to only make three of them.
D.J. Haley, Pe’Shon Howard, Omar Oraby and J.T. Terell all had eight points to help provide the offensive punch. Julian Jacobs nearly recorded a triple-double with seven points, nine assists and seven rebounds.
The road win was just the Trojans’ second on the season and they will get the opportunity to increase that number to three when they play the Washington Huskies on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.