Heartbreaker

Trojans lose on last second shot by Oregon

by Beth Harris, AP Sports

from usctrojans.com

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.

USC (19-8, 11-6) blew a chance to grab a share of its first conference title since 1985. Sam Clancy led the Trojans with 25 points and Errick Craven added 20.

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.


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