The evolution of the 2012/13 Washington Huskies has been an interesting thing to see. At the beginning it was C.J. Wilcox and his band. Then it was Aziz N'Diaye and the power up front. Now it is a new guy standing up every night. Tonight it was Scott Suggs' turn at the wheel in Washington's 65-57 win over the USC Trojans.
Tied with USC at halftime, the Huskies (17-13 overall, 9-8 Pac-12 conference) outscored the Trojans 37-29 to pull away for the victory. Suggs' sharpshooting from inside the three point line (six out of seven from two point range) provided the spark needed for the win. Often enough Suggs, a 6'6" senior guard from Washington, Missouri, has been overshadowed by the flashy Wilcox. Tonight his efforts were the key to Washington's third straight victory.
USC (14-16. also 9-8 conference) looked for balance all night but were unable to find that elusive treasure. Nearly 60% of their points came from the duo of DeWayne Dedmon and J.T. Terrell, and the Trojans bench was outscored by Washington's reserves 23-4 on the night. Trojans not named Dedmon or Terrell were just nine for 37 (24.3%) from the field. It would prove to not be enough against the suddenly hot Huskies.
Washington will host UCLA Saturday morning in the regular season finale. The Bruins will likely be an angry bunch of Bears after being drubbed by Washington State Wednesday night. The Huskies could still finish anywhere from 5th to 8th in the conference depending on how the rest of the weekend shakes out. It should make for an interesting pairing.