Oregon improves to 15-4 and 4-2 in conference and are now tied for second in the Pac-12 race.

The Oregon Ducks moved into a tie for second place in the Pac-12 Conference with an 89-81 win over the USC Trojans at Matthew Knight Arena on Thursday night. Elgin Cook led the Oregon effort with 26 points and was aided in the win with three other Ducks scoring in double figures.

According to Oregon Head Coach Dana Altman the win was in part due to a great rebounding effort as well as Oregon being able to go on a long scoring run in the second half. The Ducks out rebounded the Trojans, 43-38 and significantly only turned the ball over three times in the second half.

“We out rebounded them, and I thought that was the big stat in the game,” said Altman of the contest.

Oregon trailed USC 43-40 but in the second half used a run that started with 17:28 left in the game and the Ducks leading 50-48, until 10:53 when Oregon had scored 21 points while USC managed only eight points and the Ducks let 71-56.

Cook’s 28 led the way but he got help from Chris Boucher and Dwayne Benjamin, each scoring 19 points apiece while Dillon Brooks added 14.

Boucher also had nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Brooks and Tyler Dorsey had seven rebounds each.

The Ducks got 43 points from scoring in the paint and had 11 second chance points.

For the game Oregon shot 48.5 percent from the field including going 8-for-18 in 3-pointers.

USC had a late run in the second half scoring 24 points to Oregon’s 16 but it was too little too late.

Freshman Bennie Boatwright led the way for the Trojans with 23 points while Julian Jacobs added 18; Nikola Jovanovic had contributed 11 and Elijah Stewart finished the night with 10.

The Trojans shot 43.9 percent but suffered in 3-pointers going 8-for-28.

Oregon and USC now both have an identical 15-4 season record and 4-2 in conference play.

The Ducks have a quick turnaround as they face UCLA on Saturday afternoon starting at 1 p.m. (Pacific)  in a game that will be carried on CBS. 

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