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Huskies outlast USC 60-51

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It wasnt' pretty but it was a win and the Huskies acheived their goal of departing Los Angeles with a split and a lead in the Pac 10 standings. With three home games remaining the Huskies are the outright favorite to win their first undisputed Pac 10 championship in basketball since 1953.

Quincy Pondexter scored a season-high 22 points and No.22 Washington defeated Southern California 60-51 on Saturday.

Pondexter, who shot 10-for-13 from the field, had eight points in the last 5 1/2 minutes to lead the Huskies (20-7,11-4 Pac-10). Justin Dentmon had eight points and Venoy Overton added seven.

Daniel Hackett and Dwight Lewis scored 11 points each for the Trojans (16-10, 7-7).

The teams traded baskets down the stretch in a game that had three lead changes and three ties. During crunch time the Huskies prevailed and pulled away as the clock ran out.

This is a big win coupled with UCLA's loss to WSU today. Despite the split the Huskies come out of Southern California in the drivers seat for the conference championship.