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Goodwin lifts No. 20 USC over Washington State 63-61

Dec 4, 2021, 5:32 PM | Updated: 6:06 pm

              Washington State guard TJ Bamba, left, and Southern California forward Chevez Goodwin vie for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
            
              Southern California guard Boogie Ellis, center, shoots between Washington State guards TJ Bamba (5) and Noah Williams, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
            
              Washington State forward Efe Abogidi shoots during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Southern California, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
            
              Southern California forward Joshua Morgan, left, shoots in front of Washington State center Dishon Jackson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
            
              Southern California forward Isaiah Mobley (3) prepares to pass the ball while pressured by Washington State forward Mouhamed Gueye (35) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
            
              Washington State center Dishon Jackson, front, secures the ball against Southern California guard Isaiah White during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
            
              Washington State guard Michael Flowers, front, drives with the ball while pressured by Southern California guard Boogie Ellis during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
            
              Southern California forward Chevez Goodwin shoots during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Washington State, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Chevez Goodwin sank a layup and a free throw with 16 seconds left to lift undefeated No. 20 Southern California to a 63-61 victory over WSU on Saturday.

USC 63, WSU 61: Box score

Goodwin led USC (8-0, 2-0 Pac-12) with 14 points and added five rebounds. Drew Peterson scored 13 points for the Trojans and Max Agbonkpolo scored nine points for the Trojans and had a key block with 6 seconds left.

Michael Flowers scored 13 points to lead Washington State (6-2, 1-1). Noah Williams finished with 12 points, but missed two field goal attempts in the closing seconds.

In a back-and-forth game, Southern California’s offensive efficiency (50% from the field) proved to be too much for the Cougars, who shot just 38%.

TJ Bamba hit a go-ahead 3 to give the Cougars a 61-60 lead with 31.4 seconds left to go 3-for-3 from behind the arc.

Washington State made its first four field goal attempts to take an early lead, and led 32-30 at halftime despite going over seven minutes without a field goal.

BIG PICTURE

Southern California: The Trojans remain undefeated heading into a three-game homestand.

WSU: The Cougars were undone by hitting only 22 of 58 field goals. But they made 8-of-20 3-pointers to keep it close.

UP NEXT

Southern California: Hosts Long Beach State on Dec. 12.

WSU: Hosts South Dakota State next Saturday.

Wednesday: WSU beats Arizona State 51-29 to open Pac-12 play

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