LOS ANGELES - Dana Altman has now won 20 or more games in each of his four seasons as Oregon basketball coach. Saturday's 78-63 win over USC capped the 20-win milestone to give the program its first four year stretch of such success since1936-39 seasons.
LOS ANGELES - Dana Altman
has now won 20 or more games in each of his four seasons as Oregon
basketball coach. Saturday's 78-63 win over USC
capped the 20-win milestone to give the program its first four year stretch of such success since1936-39 seasons.
The Ducks (20-8, 8-8) held USC without a field goal for the final 9:27 of the game to get it done. The defensive effort pulled Oregon from a tight 61-60 game to a 15-point victory.
The Trojans scored just three points during the final stretch.
Reserves Dominic Artis, Jalil Abdul-Bassit and Elgin Cook played key roles in the run, as Altman elected to go with his bench players over starters.
Cook's 12 points marked the first time in Pac-12 play that he's reached double-figures. He did so in 6-of-12 non-league games.
Cook played the bulk of the minutes after Richard Amardi fouled out with 12:22 to play.
Artis and Abdul-Bassit each failed to make a field goal, but combined for five rebounds, four steals, three assists and zero turnovers.
USC took the lead at 54-53 after Amardi committed his fifth foul on a Byron Wesley three-point play. But Jason Calliste drilled a three seconds later and Oregon never trailed again.
Mike Moser had his second double-double in as many games to lead the Ducks. He finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, after scoring 12 and grabbing 20 in Thursday's win over UCLA.
Joseph Young nailed a corner three to give Oregon a 74-60 lead. The make was just his second from three of the game--he finished 2-for-9--and gave them their largest lead of the night to that point.
Oregon was unable to gain separation against the Trojans (10-19, 1-15) until the run. The game was tied at 36 at the half, and USC led for much of the early part of the second.
Young finished with 16 for the Ducks, Calliste 13.