Seven Washington State turnovers have USC pushing the ball up and down the court with regularity, and the Trojans took a 21-14 lead with 7:28 to go in the first half.
The Trojans got balanced scoring from their starters. Dwight Lewis led with six points and five other players had at least two points, including dramatic dunks from Marcus Johnson and Lewis.
The Cougars' Klay Thompson had 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting, as the majority of their set plays were run through or for him. No other Cougar scored in more than nine minutes.
Both teams were slow to get started offensively. In the first five minutes, USC got two free throws from forward/center Nikola Vucevic and a coast-to-coast lay-up. WSU got a 3-pointer from guard Reggie Moore, and that was it.
In the first game at the Galen Center since the spring semester began, the Trojan Fever student section was 60 percent full at best and not loud at all. One reporter joked it was their protest to the self-imposed sanctions that will keep USC out of the postseason this year.