Huskies open Pac-10 play with OT victory

LOS ANGELES — Matthew Bryan-Amaning and freshman reserve Terrence Ross scored 18 points each, and Washington rallied to beat Southern California 73-67 in overtime in the Pac-10 opener for both teams on Wednesday night.

Ross, whose points were a career high, hit four 3-pointers to tie his career best before fouling out with 2:37 left in overtime. Bryan-Amaning added eight rebounds, and Justin Holiday scored 12 points for the Huskies (9-3), who won their third in a row and sixth in their last seven.

They outscored USC 18-12 in overtime, with Holiday accounting for their first five points. USC's Donte Smith tied it at 58 with a 3-pointer, but the Trojans trailed the rest of the way.

Washington extended its Pac-10 winning streak to eight games and won its school-record fifth straight road league game, both streaks dating to last season. The Huskies were backed by a large contingent of vocal fans who drove up from San Diego, where Washington plays in the Holiday Bowl tonight.

Nikola Vucevic had a career-high 28 points — making all 14 of his free throws — and 14 rebounds for the Trojans (8-6), who had won two in a row.

USC shot 34 percent from the floor and kept itself in the game from the free-throw line, hitting 24 of 32 attempts.

Vucevic hit a 3-pointer that drew the Trojans to 54-53 with 1:27 to play. Bryan-Amaning made the first of two free throws to keep the Huskies ahead 55-53 before Vucevic got fouled and made both to tie the game at 55.

Venoy Overton missed a 3-pointer with 44 seconds to go. Washington retained possession, but Isaiah Thomas missed a 3 with 7 seconds left to force overtime.

UCLA 80, Washington State 71

At Los Angeles, Reeves Nelson and Malcolm Lee scored 21 points apiece to lift UCLA to a come-from-behind victory over Washington State.

Nelson and fellow sophomore Tyler Honeycutt, who finished with 14 points, did most of their damage in the second half, after the Bruins found themselves trailing by eight points at halftime in the Pac-10 opener for both schools.

Nelson was held to eight points in the first half and Honeycutt, back from a one-game absence because of a sprained shoulder, scored 12 of his points after the break.

Honeycutt, UCLA's leading scorer, ignited a 20-6 run that brought the Bruins (9-4) back from a 37-29 halftime deficit.

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