Saturday , Feb , 03 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Gibson powers Southern California over Oregon

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Taj Gibson scored 18 points and blocked
four shots as Southern California held on to upset ninth-ranked Oregon, 71-68,
in Pac-10 play at the Galen Center.

Nick Young scored 13 points, Gabe Pruitt had 12 and Lodrick Stewart donated 11
for the Trojans (18-6, 8-3 Pac-10), who swept the regular-season series with
Oregon.

Aaron Brooks scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Ducks (19-4,
7-4) but missed on a three-pointer at the buzzer that would have sent the game
into overtime.

Tajuan Porter added 15 points while Malik Hairston added 14 points and six
boards for Oregon, which finished a four-game road trip with a record of 1-3.

With the score knotted at 60-60 with 5:36 left in the game, Young nailed
a three and Daniel Hackett followed with a layup for a five-point USC lead.
Then, after Brooks answered with a basket for the Ducks, Hackett hit a three
to give USC a 68-62 lead with 2:45 remaining.

Oregon responded as Hairston hit two from the line before Bryce Taylor’s layup
brought Oregon back within 68-66. Taylor then picked Gabe Pruitt’s pocket, but
Chamberlain Oguchi failed to connect on a jumper that would have tied the
game.

Young and Brooks then traded free throws and Gibson was able to hit only
1-of-2 shots from the charity stripe with 16.4 seconds remaining, giving
Oregon one last chance to tie the game.

However, Oguchi missed on his attempt from beyond the arc and Brooks’ three as
time expired was too short as USC held on for the upset.

With USC holding an early 7-6 lead, Gibson threw down a dunk and Young
followed with a three-point play to give the Trojans an early 12-6 advantage.
Oregon quickly pulled back within one on a Hairston tip-in and a Porter three,
but Pruitt responded with back-to-back threes and Stewart’s jumper gave the
Trojans a 23-13 lead with 11:16 left in the half.

The Ducks responded again later in the half as Brooks followed a Hairston
basket with a three and a layup to cut Oregon’s deficit to 29-26 with 3:53
left in the half.

USC closed the first half out with a 10-2 run, capped by Dwight Lewis’ three
at the buzzer that gave the Trojans a 39-28 lead at the break.

Game Notes

USC holds a 58-41 edge in the all-time series with Oregon…Pruitt also had
five steals for the Trojans…USC shot 60 percent from the floor, while Oregon
shot just 33 percent.

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