Ducks Run Out of Gas in LA

The Oregon Ducks gave it a good run but early turnovers and a couple of shooting droughts gave the USC Trojans an 80-66 win in Los Angeles on Thursday night.

(PHOTO) Oregon's Tajuan Porter, left, drives to the basket as USC's Taj Gibson defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 5, 2009. USC won 80-66. (AP Photo/Hector Mata)

The Ducks trailed by two at 64-62 with 3:59 left in the game, but the combination of DeMar DeRozan and Taj Gibson was just too much for the visiting Ducks. DeRozan finished the game with 19 points followed by Gibson's 18 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots. Daniel Hackett contributed 17 points.

Tajuan Porter was the high scorer for the game with 20 points while LeKendric Longmire added 13 points and Josh Crittle had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Oregon, which trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half but went into the locker room behind by one at 36-35. In the second half the Ducks took the lead at 39-38 but USC went on a 16-2 surge to move ahead 54-41 with 8:57 left. The Ducks missed 11 consecutive shots at one point.

While the Ducks made another charge to reduce the score to 64-62 with 3:59 to play USC again found the strength to go on a 12-0 spree to extend their advantage to 76-62 with 1:08 left. Hackett led the run with six points, a block, an assist and a steal.

USC shot 58.3 percent in field goal shooting and was 2-for-9 in 3-point attempts. Oregon was 37.3 percent and was 9-for-28 in 3s.

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