USC downs Washington 98-88 behind Jovanovic's 28
LOS ANGELES (AP) Nikola Jovanovic scored a season-high 28 points, Jordan McLaughlin added 21, and Southern California avenged an earlier heartbreaking loss with an 98-88 victory over Washington on Saturday afternoon.
The Trojans (17-5, 6-3 Pac-12) led 44-33 at halftime and remained ahead the entire second half. They moved into a tie for second place in the Pac-12 with the win.
Bennie Boatwright scored 15 points, Katin Reinhardt had 11 and Elijah Stewart added 10 for USC.
Marquese Chriss and Dejounte Murray had 18 points apiece for the Huskies (14-7, 6-3). Pac-12 leading scorer Andrew Andrews scored 15 points on 3-of-14 shooting.
Washington shot 36.4 percent from the field and was 8 for 32 from 3-point range.
The Huskies on Jan 3 overcame a 22-point deficit with 14 minutes remaining to beat the Trojans 87-85 in the first matchup between the teams.