USC’s winning streak ends with a one-sided loss to Oregon – Orange County Register

EUGENE, Ore. – USC dug a big hole early on and never recovered.

N’Faly Dante scored 17 points, Will Richardson added 16 and Oregon earned a 78-60 win over USC Thursday night.

Dante was 8-11 from the floor for the Ducks (15-10 overall, 9-5 Pac-12), who led by 18 points just eight minutes into the game. He added five rebounds, three blocked shots and three steals. Richardson shot 4 for 6 from the field with two 3-pointers and hit all six of his free throws. Jermaine Couisnard had 13 points and Nate Bittle contributed 11 points and six rebounds.

Boogie Ellis led the Trojans (17-7, 9-4) with 19 points and four assists. Drew Peterson and Kobe Johnson each added 11 points. USC had a four-game winning streak ending.

Couisnard scored 11 points and N’Faly added nine to lead the Ducks to a 42-27 lead at halftime. Peterson hit a 3-pointer seven minutes into the game to draw the Trojans to 11-10. After that it was all ducks.

Dante responded with a three-point game, sparking an 18-1 run, and Oregon led 29-11 with 12 minutes left at halftime. Kel’el Ware had consecutive dunks on the run, the second leading to a three-point game.

USC came no closer than 14 points in the second half. The Ducks extended their lead to 20 three times.

Oregon shot 54% overall but only 6 of 18 from behind the arc. USC shot 41% and was only 4 for 16 from long range. The Trojans finished with 12 turnovers to Oregon’s 11, but the Ducks had a 17-3 advantage in turnovers.

The Trojans lead the series 69-60, but the Ducks are 16-7 under Coach Dana Altman.


USC plays at Oregon State at 3 p.m. Saturday USC’s winning streak ends with a one-sided loss to Oregon – Orange County Register

Russell Falcon

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