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USC’s poor shooting leads to blowout loss to Oregon

USC guard Boogie Ellis and Oregon guard Rivaldo Soares scramble after the ball during the second half.
USC guard Boogie Ellis (5) and Oregon guard Rivaldo Soares (11) scramble after the ball during the second half on Thursday in Eugene, Ore.
(Andy Nelson / Associated Press)
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N’Faly Dante scored 17 points, Will Richardson added 16 and Oregon posted a wire-to-wire 78-60 victory over USC on Thursday night.

Dante sank eight of 11 shots from the floor for the Ducks (15-10, 9-5 Pac-12). He added five rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Richardson made four of six shots with two three-pointers and hit all six of his free throws. Jermaine Couisnard had 13 points and Nate Bittle contributed 11 points and six rebounds.

Boogie Ellis led the Trojans (17-7, 9-4) with 19 points and four assists. Drew Peterson and Kobe Johnson added 11 points apiece. USC had a four-game win streak end.

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Couisnard scored 11 points and N’Faly added nine to guide the Ducks to a 42-27 lead at halftime. Peterson hit a three-pointer seven minutes into the game to pull the Trojans within 11-10. It was all Ducks after that.

Dante answered with a three-point play, igniting an 18-1 run and Oregon led 29-11 with 12 minutes left in the half. Kel’el Ware had back-to-back dunks in the run, the second leading to a three-point play.

Destiny Littleton finishes with 21 points and helps spearhead a late USC rally in an 81-75 double-overtime loss to No. 22 Arizona.

Feb. 5, 2023

USC got no closer than 14 points in the second half. The Ducks pushed their lead to 20 on three occasions.

Oregon shot 54% overall but made just six of 18 from beyond the arc. USC shot 41% and made only four of 16 from distance. The Trojans finished with 12 turnovers to Oregon’s 11, but the Ducks had a 17-3 edge in points off turnovers.

The Trojans lead the series 69-60, but the Ducks are 16-7 under current coach Dana Altman.

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