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USC lose 9th straight to Oregon, 75-67

Posted: January 22, 2015 10:48 p.m.
Updated: January 22, 2015 10:48 p.m.
Southern California's Jordan McLaughlin, left, and Darion Clark, right, battle Oregon's Elgin Cook, center, for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Eugene, Ore. on Thursday. Southern California's Jordan McLaughlin, left, and Darion Clark, right, battle Oregon's Elgin Cook, center, for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Eugene, Ore. on Thursday.
Southern California's Jordan McLaughlin, left, and Darion Clark, right, battle Oregon's Elgin Cook, center, for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Eugene, Ore. on Thursday.
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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Joseph Young scored 19 points and Elgin Cook added 15 to lead Oregon to 75-67 victory over Southern California on Thursday night.

The win snapped a two-game Pac-12 losing streak for the Ducks (13-6, 3-3), who have won their last nine games against the Trojans (9-9, 1-5). Dillon Brooks finished with 12 points for Oregon, and Jalil Abdul-Bassit had 11 off the bench.

Julian Jacobs and Katin Reinhardt led USC with 16 points each. Jordan McLaughlin added 14 and Nikola Jovanovic had 10 to go with 10 rebounds.

Jordan Bell, who went to the bench late in the game after taking an elbow to the face, finished with 13 rebounds as the Ducks grabbed a 45-37 edge on the boards. Young also had seven rebounds.

Oregon finished 25 of 31 from the foul line to just 11 of 18 for the Trojans. The Ducks scored 12 of their last 14 points on free throws.

After trailing by as many as 15 points twice early in the second half, USC fought back behind Reinhardt and Jovanovic to pull even at 61 with 5:40 left on Jacobs' three-point play.

However, the Trojans couldn't score again as the Ducks were 7 of 8 on free throws during a clinching 9-0 run over the next five minutes for a 70-61 lead.

Oregon made 12 of its last 14 free throws after USC had tied the score.

The Ducks opened the game on a 16-2 run by hitting six of their first seven shots and with Bell, the Pac-12's second-leading shot blocker, rejecting two of USC's first six attempts. The Trojans climbed back with their own 12-2 burst, but they weren't able to pull closer than four points in the opening half.

Young, who was coming off a season-low eight points in Sunday's 85-77 loss at Washington, had 13 points in the first half, including the 1,000th in his 53rd game as a Duck.

Abdul-Bassit, Oregon's only other senior, added nine points off the bench as the Ducks led 44-31 at the break. McLaughlin had 10 points to lead the Trojans at halftime.

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