Washington State ends 12-game skid against USC, wins 81-71

Jabe Mullins and DJ Rodman each had 16 points, Justin Powell added 15 points and seven assists, and WSU ended a 12-game losing streak against USC with an 81-71 win.

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Jabe Mullins and DJ Rodman each had 16 points, Justin Powell added 15 points and seven assists and Washington State ended a 12-game losing streak against Southern California on Sunday with an 81-71 win.

Mullins came off the bench to sink 4-of-6 from 3-point range and Powell hit 4-of-7 for the Cougars (6-9, 1-3 Pac-12 Conference). Rodman buried 3 of 6 from long range and connected 7 of 8 from the free throw lines. TJ Bamba started with 14 points and six boards. Mouhamed Gueye scored 12 goals and blocked three shots.

Mullins hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the middle of a 10-0 run and the Cougars went 13-11 in the first half for a 19-11 lead. Kobe Johnson’s three-point game ended the run and Drew Peterson followed with two straight baskets to draw USC to a point. Washington State responded with 3 points from Mullins, Andrej Jakimovski, Justin Powell and DJ Rodman to take a 31-22 lead at the 6:43 mark.

Rodman sank the Cougars’ 10.3-pointer at halftime to take the lead to 34-24, and Mullins followed up with a basket from an offensive rebound. Gueye scored the last five points for WSU and the Cougars went into halftime with a 41-30 lead.

Reese Dixon-Waters had a three-point game to draw the Trojans to six points midway through the second half. But Gueye hit 1 of 2 free throws, Bamba had two layups in a row and Gueye followed up with a dunk to put the Cougars 61-48 with 8:06 to go.

Washington State grabbed its biggest lead of the game, 71-56, at Jakimovski’s 3-pointer with five minutes left, and the Trojans got no closer than eight from there.

Peterson led the Trojans (11-4, 3-1) with 16 points and eight rebounds. Johnson finished with 13 points and seven boards while Boogie Ellis came in with 12 points and seven boards before being eliminated. Joshua Morgan scored 10.

USC saw the end of its seven-game winning streak as well as a three-game winning streak to open the Pac-12 game.

WSU was coming off a heartbreaking 67-66 home loss to No. 11 UCLA. The Cougars missed their last nine shots and were beaten 14-4 over the final 7:23 against the Bruins.

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Emma Bowman

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