Jones' Last-Second Shot Lifts Oregon Over USC, 67-65
Feb. 28, 2002
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES - Frederick Jones hit a runner with one second remaining tolift No. 13 Oregon to a 67-65 victory over 19th-ranked Southern California onThursday night as the Ducks clinched at least a share of their first conferencetitle in 57 years.
Oregon (21-7) remained atop the Pac-10 with a 13-4 record, and put itself inposition 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 ofthe rim at the buzzer.
USC (19-8, 11-6) blew a chance to grab a share of its first conference titlesince 1985. Sam Clancy led the Trojans with 25 points and Errick Craven added20.
Luke Ridnour led the Ducks with 17 points, including five 3-pointers. Jonesadded 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 aftergoing 16-0 at home. But they rallied from 11 points down over the final 12:10to 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 secondhalf. Reserve Luke Jackson scored all of his 12 points in the run that putOregon ahead 60-55 with 4:11 remaining.
The Trojans got to 60-59 on two free throws by Granville with 3:03 left. ButRidnour hit his final 3-pointer and Clancy missed two free throws before Jonesscored inside for a 65-59 lead.
Craven and David Bluthenthal hit consecutive 3-pointers that tied the gameat 65 with 30 seconds left. But the Trojans' defense couldn't keep Jones fromscoring with one second to go.