Oregon Throws It Away

In the second round of the PAC-10 Tournament, Friday night in Los Angeles, the #9 University of Oregon Ducks jumped out to an early lead and then fell apart in the second half, losing to the #20 University of Southern California Trojans 89-78.

After leading by as many as 14 points late in the first half, Oregon gave the ball away time and time again, allowing the Trojans to climb to within three points at halftime. Late in the first half, Oregon gave the ball away numerous times leading to USC baskets. For the game, USC had 23 points off of 18 Oregon turnovers. Guards Luke Ridnour and Freddie Jones threw the ball away eight and four times respectively.

In the second half, USC came out hot and never cooled down. The Ducks sub-par defensive effort allowed the Trojans to go on many runs that Oregon could not match. Especially tough for the Ducks was when Freddie Jones received his fourth foul mid-way through the second half. At that point center Chris Christoffersen was also on the bench with three fouls, causing match-up problems for the Ducks.

"Taking Freddie out anytime hurts us," Assistant Coach Greg Graham told OSN after the game. "The tough thing was that he got his fourth foul on a hustle play, it wasn't a bad foul or bad call, it was just a hustle play."

The Men of Troy were led by guards Desmon Farmer and Brandon Granville, both with 17 points. Granville also added ten assists to his line. Sam Clancy, Errick Craven, David Bluthenthal and Jerry Dupree all also scored in double figures. Clancy had 16 points and eight rebounds, Craven with 14, Bluthenthal with 13 points and nine rebounds and Dupree with 12 points.

"Farmer and Dupree are coming off the bench and giving us a spark," USC Guard Brandon Granville told FSN after the game. "They are the MVP's of this tournament."

Oregon was led by Freddie Jones who once again played even though he was experiencing flu-like symptoms before game time. Jones had 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 29 minutes. Luke Ridnour, Luke Jackson and Chris Christoffersen added 18, 16 and 13 points respectively. Oregon however only got 11 points from the rest of the cast.

USC's shooting was not superb on the night, however they shot an amazing 22-22 from the free throw line. Oregon on the other hand, was just 12-16, a twelve point difference that may have been the difference in the game.

USC will next face the winner of the Arizona vs. California game, Saturday on CBS. The Trojans are now 23-9.

The Ducks record now goes to 23-8 with tonight's loss. The next game for Oregon will come either next Thursday or Friday depending on their NCAA Tournament seed which will be decided Sunday. Mac Court will host a Tournament Selection Party Sunday. The doors will open at 2:00 with festivities starting at 2:30. Admission is free for the event where the Selection Show will be shown on a big screen TV. After the selection show, fans are encouraged to stick around for a live broadcast of the Ernie Kent Show.

Stats from www.goducks.com.

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