Ducks seek home win

A win over USC (14-6, 4-4 Pac-10) is just what Oregon (10-10, 4-4) needs to take advantage of a four-game home stand that started off less than successfully on Thursday night with a 56-49 loss to conference leader UCLA. The Ducks-Trojans game will tip-off at 5 p.m. and is televised on the Oregon Sports Network including KWBP for Portland-Salem.

(PHOTO) UCLA's Darren Collison looks for space between Oregon's Ivan Johnson (44) and Brandon Lincoln, right, in the first half of a college basketball game in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

Oregon played well for most of the game against UCLA but crucial turnovers in the later stages of the game coupled with a poor field goal shooting percentage spelled doom on Thursday against the Bruins. A tough UCLA defense held Oregon's Malik Hairston his lowest point output of the year with just six points. Ivan Johnson and Brandon Lincoln, who both scored 10 points, were the only two Ducks that scored in double-figures against UCLA.

"A loss like this makes Saturday's game even more important," said Oregon's Ernie Kent after the loss to UCLA. "We can't let this loss beat us twice."

With the win, UCLA further maintained its grip on first place in the Pac-10 race with a 6-2 record in the Pac-10 race and 16-4 overall. The Ducks now are in sixth place just ahead of the USC.

USC was a winner in overtime 72-70 against Oregon State on Thursday night when the Trojans' Nick Young hit a 17-footer with 0.8 seconds left on the game clock. Young is the team's leading scorer at 17.2 points per game, followed by Gabe Pruitt at 15.7 and Lodrick Stewart with 12.5. Young is also the leading rebounder at 6.2 boards per contest. USC has been shooting at .439 percent in field goal shooting this season compared to Oregon's .449.

Two Ducks are averaging in double-figures in scoring. Hairston is the Ducks' leading point producer at 14.7 ppg and Aaron Brooks is second at 11.5.

KWBP was added to the OSN network with the broadcast of the UCLA game. Saturday's game will start at 5 p.m. and can also be accessed on the Ozone.

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