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Friday, February 8, 2013 - Page updated at 11:00 p.m.

Trojans hang on to beat cold-shooting Cougars

By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Byron Wesley scored 20 points and J.T. Terrell added 12 points before fouling out as USC held off Washington State 72-68 Thursday night.

Wesley sparked the Trojans early with 13 first-half points, but it was Terrell who ignited the Trojans (10-13, 5-5 Pac 12) when they needed it most. Terrell scored all 12 of his points during a 10-minute stretch of the second half. His three-pointer with 5:26 left put USC up 56-53, and the Trojans held the lead the rest of the way.

Ari Stewart added 11 points for USC, and Jio Fontan had 10 points and a game-high 11 assists.

Washington State's Brock Motum, who began the night ranked third in the Pac-12 averaging 18.3 points per game, scored 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting. DaVonte Lacy led all scorers with 21 points, and backcourt mate Mike Ladd had 16 for the Cougars (11-12, 2-8).

USC scored two quick buckets to start the second half to take a 34-33 lead, but Washington State responded with an 8-0 run to take its biggest lead of the game at 41-34. The Trojans, though, took advantage of Motum's uncharacteristically poor shooting night and managed to regain the lead.

The Trojans went up 49-47 with 7:45 to play and held on.

USC 72, WASHINGTON ST. 68

WASHINGTON ST. (11-12) — Motum 6-16 1-2 15, Shelton 1-3 1-2 4, Ladd 7-18 0-1 16, Lacy 7-13 3-4 21, Woolridge 2-8 5-6 10, DiIorio 0-0 0-0 0, Longrus 1-1 0-2 2, Boese 0-0 0-0 0, Kernich-Drew 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 24-61 10-17 68.

USC (10-13) — Dedmon 2-4 0-0 4, Wise 3-9 2-2 9, Fontan 1-8 8-8 10, Terrell 4-9 1-2 12, Wesley 7-10 5-7 20, Woolridge 0-2 0-0 0, Stewart 4-7 2-3 11, Bryan 0-0 0-0 0, Fuller 3-3 0-0 6, Oraby 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-53 18-22 72.

Halftime — Washington St. 33-30. Three-point goals — Washington St. 10-26 (Lacy 4-7, Motum 2-5, Ladd 2-7, Shelton 1-2, Woolridge 1-3, Kernich-Drew 0-2), USC 6-17 (Terrell 3-7, Wesley 1-1, Wise 1-2, Stewart 1-2, Woolridge 0-1, Fontan 0-4). Fouled out — Ladd, Terrell, Woolridge. Rebounds — Washington St. 31 (Shelton 12), USC 41 (Dedmon 10). Assists — Washington St. 13 (Shelton 5), USC 16 (Fontan 11). Total fouls — WSU 15, USC 17. A — 3,629.

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