Cougs handle USC 73-58 in L.A. - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather

Cougs handle USC 73-58 in L.A.

LOS ANGELES - The 4th-ranked Washington State Cougars beat the USC Trojans 73-58 Thursday night in Los Angeles, and are poised to meet 5th-ranked UCLA on Saturday.

The Cougars are now 2-0 in the Pac-10, while the Trojans are 0-3 in league play and 9-6 overall.

Washington State freshman Stephen Sauls did not make the Los Angeles trip. He is hospitalized in Pullman after sustained a concussion on Monday in practice.

Thursday's meeting between the Cougars and Trojans was the 104th in the two schools' histories and USC now holds a 64-40 advantage in the all-time series. WSU trails 42-11 at USC, although WSU recorded its last win at USC last season, Dec. 30, 2006.

The Cougars swept the regular season series last year, including a thrilling, 88-86 double-overtime contest March 3 at Pullman, but fell to the Trojans, 70-61 in the Pac-10 Tournament six days later.

Washington State has pulled off the L.A.-sweep just once in school history, under Dick Bennett Feb. 5 and 7, 2004.