Shorewood High product Josh Hawkinson has 11 points and 13 rebounds to tie WSU season record with 17th double-double.
LOS ANGELES — Road wins have been hard to come by for Washington State this season.
It wasn’t easy, but the Cougars finally got a respite from their road woes on Wednesday night.
Dexter Kernich-Drew scored 19 points, DaVonte Lacy scored 17 and Washington State held off a late rally to beat USC 70-66.
Josh Hawkinson, a product of Shoreline’s Shorewood High, had 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Cougars (12-15, 6-9 Pac-12) to tie the school’s season record with 17 double-doubles. It was Washington State’s first road win since Jan. 10 and third all season.
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“We really, really needed to win,” Kernich-Drew said. “I would’ve liked to have kept a big lead, but we weren’t quite able to do that.”
The Cougars stayed in front the entire second half but had to hold on tight.
WSU led 55-36 with 11:19 to go, but the Trojans (10-18, 2-14) staged a furious rally to cut the lead to 69-66 with 13 seconds to go. Hawkinson made 1 of 2 free throws to give the Cougars a valuable four-point lead with six seconds left, and USC turned it over.
“We just hung in there,” Kernich-Drew said. “We tried to get stops but they kept hitting shots. Luckily enough we were able to rebound, get to the foul line, and knock down some foul shots so it wasn’t really a one-possession game.”
Julian Jacobs had 16 points and nine assists to lead the Trojans. Malik Marquetti and Katin Reinhardt each scored 16.
“That was the best half of basketball we played all year long,” Cougars coach Ernie Kent said. “To USC’s credit, with their style the play, they keep coming at you. It was very difficult to keep them at bay.”