Collier scores career-high 31, leads USC past UW Huskies 82-75

Mar 2, 2024, 3:56 PM

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Head coach Mike Hopkins' UW Huskies team struggled down the stretch offensively. (Getty)


SEATTLE (AP) — Freshman Isaiah Collier scored a career-high 31 points, including eight in the final 2 1/2 minutes, and USC defeated UW Huskies 82-75 on Saturday.

USC 82, UW Huskies 75: Stats

A 3-pointer by Koren Johnson got Washington within 72-68 with 3 1/2 minutes remaining, just 3 minutes after Southern California had built a 15-point lead.

Collier took over a minute later, scoring on four consecutive USC possessions on a series of driving, spinning layups and one-handers. The fourth of those makes gave the Trojans an 80-75 lead with 28 seconds left. USC’s Joshua Morgan iced the victory when he blocked a corner 3 by Anthony Holland and saved the ball from going out of bounds. DJ Rodman came up with the free ball, was fouled and made two free throws for the final margin.

Rodman and Boogie Ellis scored 17 points each for the Trojans (12-17, 6-12 Pac-12), who shot 54% for the game and made 12 of 16 free throws, all in the second half. Bronny James played 14 minutes of the bench and had three rebounds and two assists. He missed his only shot attempt.

Johnson led Washington (16-14, 8-11) with 21 points, including 4 of 5 3-pointers. Keion Brooks Jr. had 20 points and Sahvir Wheeler added 10.

USC did not allow a point in the first five minutes of the game and allowed only a Johnson free throw in the first five minutes of the second half while building a 10-point lead. The Trojans gradually increased their lead and a Rodman putback gave them a 71-56 advantage with about 6 minutes to go before the Huskies rallied.

The Trojans had an early lead of 15-5 and later a 9-0 run in which Ellis scored the first seven points for a 39-32 lead with under 2 minutes left in the half. Brooks hit a 3-pointer for Washington and he finished the half with three free throws after being fouled with 1 second left.

USC hosts Arizona State on Thursday and Arizona on Saturday.

Washington, which had won four of its past six games, will finish at Washington State on Thursday.

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