Ducks Defeated By USC

Feb 2, 2003

By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES - Errick Craven scored 18 points and Greg Guenther added acareer-high 16 in his first start of the season as Southern California beat No.22 Oregon 91-76 on Sunday, ending the Ducks' five-game winning streak.

The Trojans (8-9, 4-5 Pac-10) had lost three straight and five of their lastsix. After a back-and-forth first half, they never trailed in the final 20minutes - the Ducks got no closer than two points early in the half.

Oregon (15-5, 5-4) was led by Luke Ridnour with 21 points and Andre Josephwith 18. Luke Jackson added 15 points despite again playing with a taped soreright hand. He was cut against Washington on Jan. 23 and missed two gamesbefore returning Thursday and scoring 27 points against UCLA in a 96-91overtime win.

Guenther and Desmon Farmer combined to score USC's first 16 points of thesecond half and give the Trojans their largest lead to that point, 56-45.

Guenther had a free throw and two consecutive baskets, and Farmer hit two3-pointers, got fouled attempting another and made all three free throws.Farmer finished with 17 points.

During the scoring spurt, Rory O'Neil had three blocked shots against RobertJohnson and Ian Crosswhite as the Ducks' offense sputtered. O'Neil finishedwith 12 points.

Oregon closed within four points on a 3-pointer by Ridnour, but Jacksoncommitted his third foul against O'Neil, who made the first free throw andmissed the second. The Trojans grabbed the rebound and fed O'Neil, who sank thejumper for a 69-62 lead with 9:16 left.

James Davis hit a 3-pointer and the Ducks trailed by six. O'Neil got fouled,made both free throws, then scored on a tip-in, and Robert Hutchinson converteda fast-break layup off a long pass before Farmer hit a jumper for a 79-67 leadwith 4:07 remaining.

USC forward Jerry Dupree, who's been bothered by a sore right foot, wasn'tat the game at the request of coach Henry Bibby, team spokesman Paul Goldbergsaid.

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