Southern California beats Washington State 72-68Southern California center Omar Oraby, top, passes the ball as Washington State guard Mike Laddl defends during the first half of their NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Byron Wesley scored 20 points and J.T. Terrell added 12 points before fouling out as USC held off Washington State 72-68 Thursday night.
Wesley sparked the Trojans early with 13 first-half points, but it was Terrell who ignited the Trojans (10-13, 5-5 Pac 12) when they needed it most. Terrell scored all 12 of his points during a 10-minute stretch of the second half. His 3-pointer with 5:26 left put USC up 56-53, and the Trojans held the lead the rest of the way.
Ari Stewart added 11 points for USC, and Jio Fontan had 10 points and a game-high 11 assists.
Washington State's Brock Motum, who began the night ranked third in the Pac-12 averaging 18.3 points per game, scored 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting. DaVonte Lacy led all scorers with 21 points and his backcourt mate Mike Ladd had 16 for the Cougars (11-12, 2-8).