GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Oregon 79, Southern Cal 69

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

By JOE REEDY
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES - Oregon knocked off a top-five team for the second time in two games, beating No. 5 Southern California 79-69 behind Will Richardson's career-high 28 points.

De'Vion Harmon had 16 points and N'Faly Dante added 12 for Oregon (11-6, 4-2 Pac-12), which has won five straight, including an 84-81 win over fourth-ranked UCLA on Thursday.

Southern California came into the game fourth nationally in field goal defense, holding opponents to 36.6% shooting. Yet the Ducks hit their first four and nine of their first 13 en route to going 29 of 58 (50%) from the floor.

Boogie Ellis and Isaiah Mobley led the Trojans with 18 points apiece. USC (14-2, 4-2) has dropped two of its last three after opening the season with 13 straight wins.

Richardson had five of Oregon's 10 3-pointers as it shot 10 of 21 from beyond the arc. The Ducks also had a 34-30 advantage in points in the paint, with 14 of their 19 two-point field goals being either dunks or layups.

Oregon took control early when it went on a 13-3 run to take an 18-8 lead five minutes into the game. The Ducks hit three 3-pointers during the spurt, including two by Richardson.

Ellis hit two straight shots from beyond the arc to pull the Trojans within 32-27 with 4:01 remaining before the Ducks closed the half with a 13-2 spurt to take a 45-29 advantage. Richardson had eight points during the late run, and Eric Williams Jr. scored five.

The Ducks extended their lead to 55-37 five minutes into the second half. Chevez Goodwin got the Trojans within nine on a free throw with 4:54 remaining, but they could not draw any closer.


Oregon
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
Q. Guerrier F 19 1-6 0-0 1-2 1-6 0 0 0 1 4 3
N. Dante C 26 6-7 0-0 0-0 4-7 1 2 1 2 2 12
D. Harmon G 36 6-11 2-2 2-4 0-3 3 0 1 2 2 16
J. Young G 34 2-11 4-6 0-3 0-1 4 0 1 3 2 8
W. Richardson G 32 9-15 5-8 5-8 1-4 4 0 2 0 3 28
E. Williams Jr.   29 3-6 0-0 2-4 1-3 1 0 1 1 2 8
F. Kepnang   14 2-2 0-2 0-0 1-3 0 4 0 1 3 4
R. Soares   9 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals   199 29-58
(.500)
11-18
(.611)
10-21
(.476)
8-32 13 6 6 10 19 79


USC
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
I. Mobley F 39 5-9 6-9 2-5 3-9 4 1 0 1 3 18
C. Goodwin F 28 3-6 1-2 0-0 4-7 1 0 1 2 3 7
M. Agbonkpolo F 19 2-4 0-0 0-2 0-5 1 0 0 2 2 4
B. Ellis G 35 7-21 0-2 4-10 0-0 3 0 0 1 2 18
D. Peterson G 29 3-6 2-2 2-3 1-6 1 0 1 2 4 10
E. Anderson   18 3-7 2-3 0-2 1-4 1 0 0 1 1 8
R. Dixon-Waters   11 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Johnson   9 0-2 0-0 0-0 1-1 1 0 1 0 0 0
J. Morgan   9 1-2 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 0 1 2
I. White   3 1-2 0-0 0-1 0-1 0 1 1 2 1 2
Totals   200 25-60
(.417)
11-18
(.611)
8-24
(.333)
15-38 12 2 4 13 17 69
Officials: Randy McCall, D.G. Nelson, Wilson Holland




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