The USC Trojans wrapped up the first regular season of the Andy Enfield era with a 82-75 loss in Seattle to the Washington Huskies, to run their conference record to a league-worst 2-16.
USC took a 37-35 lead into halftime, with Nikola Jovanovic and Pe’Shon Howard combining for 23 first half points, but it was nearly all Huskies from there. Washington opened the second half on a 22-3 run and never looked back, outscoring the Trojans 47-38 in the second half.
Byron Wesley spearheaded a comeback attempt for the Trojans, but it was too little too late for Troy. The junior scored eight points in 90 seconds to pull USC within five points with under five minutes left.
A Nigel Williams-Goss three-pointer for Washington re-claimed some momentum for Lorenzo Romar’s bunch and extended possessions in the final minutes allowed the Huskies to hold off what would have been an improbable USC comeback.
Jovanovic led the Trojans with 21 points, and C.J. Wilcox led all scorers with 24 points for Washington.
USC finishes the regular season in the cellar of the Pac-12, with a 11-19 overall record, despite starting out 9-4. Just as they did in the injury-riddled 2011-2012 season, the Trojans finish with just two road wins.
It’s the second time that USC has finished 2-16 in the Pac-12, with the first coming back in 1989 under George Raveling.
Next up for the Trojans is the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament on Wednesday night at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
USC will be either the 11th or 12th seed, depending on the outcome of tonight’s UCLA-Washington State game in Pullman. With a win, the 2-15 WSU Cougars would grab the 11 seed, while a loss would give the Trojans the 11 seed due to a head-to-head tiebreak.
Should USC enter the tournament with the 11th seed, they will play at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, while a 12th seed bid would have the Trojans tip-off their postseason run at 2:30 p.m. Both games would be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.