USC Falls To Oregon
Dec. 31, 2004
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Aaron Brooks scored a career-high 34 points and BryceTaylor added 18 as Oregon opened the Pac-10 Conference season with a 90-83victory against USC Friday night.
Brooks hit a 3-pointer with 2:17 to play to put the Ducks (9-1 overall, 1-0Pac-10) up for good, 82-80. Seconds later Taylor made it a two-possession gamewith a layup in transition for an 84-80 lead.
Brooks finished 9-for-13 from the field and 12-for-13 from the free-throwline. He also made four of the Ducks' 11 3-pointers.
Lodrick Stewart, who scored 17 points in the first half, finished with 25points to pace the Trojans (7-5, 0-1). His 3-pointer with 4:23 left in the gameput USC up 80-77, but the Trojans didn't score another point until his3-pointer with less than 10 seconds to play.
Freshman Nick Young scored a career-high 21 for USC. He gave the Trojanstheir first lead since early in the game when he hit a 3-pointer at the tailend of a 10-2 run that put USC up 65-64 at the 10:08 mark of the second half.
Both teams shot the ball well, with Oregon making 56 percent of its shotsfrom the field, while the Trojans made 54 percent of theirs, including 60percent in the second half, as they battled back from a 46-39 deficit at thebreak.