When Brooks headed to sideline for the last time, Oregon was up 68-63, and it would take someone to step up for Oregon as the game had teeter-tottered back and forth all game, and there there were times when USC looked like it was in complete control, especially when Brooks was on the bench nursing four fouls.
However, even when Bennie Boatwright hit both of the free throws from the foul that ended Brooks’ night, cutting the Ducks lead to three, 68-65, the Ducks didn’t fold.
Oregon went on a 13-to-5 scoring run led by Dorsey who hit two 3-pointers while Bell sunk a field goal the calmly hit two big free throws to ice the game. Dylan Ennis also had two free throws that he made during the final run. The scoring finally concluded when Payton Pritchard was flagrantly fouled by Chimeze Metu; Pritchard missed the first of the one-and-one but got a second shot after a lane violation was called on USC. Pritchard hit the second shot and gave Oregon 81.
“We blew a big lead at UCLA, said Tyler Dorsey of the win. “Tonight we knew it was going to be a 40-minute battle; they (USC) played good at home we stayed consistent throughout the game, we made the last run, we made the stops and rebounds we needed at the end.”
Brooks led the Ducks in scoring with 20 while Dorsey added 19 with Bell and Ennis each contributing 12. Bell also pulled down 14 rebounds to give him the double-double.
For the game, Oregon shot 45.3 percent from the field on 29-of-64 shooting including hitting 10 three-pointers. The Ducks shot 18 free throws, successfully completing 13. Oregon also managed to commit eight steals to offset its 13 turnovers.
USC was led in scoring by Metu’s 16 points. Boatwright and Elijah Stewart each chipped in 15 to the losing cause. The Trojans turned the ball over 16 times but were only able to steal the ball three times from the Ducks.
Oregon ended up out rebounding USC 39-35.
The Ducks improve to 22-4 for the year and 11-2 in conference play breaking USC’s five game win streak. The Trojans slip to 21-5 for the season and 8-5 in conference play.
Up next for the Ducks is a home stand next week with Utah coming the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene for a 6 p.m. tipoff in a game that will be carried on ESPN. Then on Saturday the Ducks have a chance to avenge the loss earlier in January to Colorado when the Buffaloes take the MKA court at noon for a game televised by Fox.
Official Box Score from GoDucks.com