LAS VEGAS — Jaylen Nowell scored 24 points, David Crisp added 18 and Washington held off a late charge to beat Southern California 78-75 in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday.
The top-seeded Huskies (25-7) led by 10 before the Trojans made a run, pulling with 72-71 on Jonah Mathews' 3-pointer with 1:10 left.
Dominic Green answered with a 3-pointer and Matisse Thybulle turned his fifth steal into a breakaway dunk that put Washington up six.
The eighth-seeded Trojans (16-17) still kept fighting, pulling within 77-75 on Nick Rakocevic's putback. Nowell hit 1 of 2 free throws to give USC hope, but Rakocevic threw the ball away as the Trojans tried to set up a tying shot.
Washington hit 13 of 28 from the 3-point arc and moves on to face Colorado in tonight's semifinals.
Arizona State 83, UCLA 72
LAS VEGAS — Romello White scored 19 points, Rob Edwards added 15 and Arizona State withstood UCLA's second-half push for a victory in the Pac-12 quarterfinals.
Kent out at Washington State
Washington State fired basketball coach Ernie Kent after five seasons where he was unable to turn around the Cougars program and had a significant exodus of players under his watch.