by Beth Harris, AP Sports
Frederick Jones hit a runner with one second remaining to lift No. 13 Oregon to a 67-65 victory over 19th-ranked Southern California on Thursday night as the Ducks clinched at least a share of their first conference title in 57 years.
Oregon (21-7) remained atop the Pac-10 with a 13-4 record, and put itself in position to claim the top seed in next week's conference tournament.
USC's Brandon Granville heaved a shot about 60 feet that hit the front of the rim at the buzzer.
Luke Ridnour led the Ducks with 17 points, including five 3-pointers. Jones added 15 points, but had only three baskets in the second half.
Oregon came into the Los Angeles Sports Arena with a 3-6 road record after going 16-0 at home. But they rallied from 11 points down over the final 12:10 to beat a ranked opponent for the sixth time this season.
USC opened the second half with a 17-9 run to take its largest lead, 50-39. Clancy, Rory O'Neil and Craven scored all of the Trojans' points in the spurt.
But the Ducks went on a 21-5 tear to take their first lead of the second half. Reserve Luke Jackson scored all of his 12 points in the run that put Oregon ahead 60-55 with 4:11 remaining.
The Trojans got to 60-59 on two free throws by Granville with 3:03 left. But Ridnour hit his final 3-pointer and Clancy missed two free throws before Jones scored inside for a 65-59 lead.
Craven and David Bluthenthal hit consecutive 3-pointers that tied the game at 65 with 30 seconds left. But the Trojans' defense couldn't keep Jones from scoring with one second to go.