Ducks Fall To No. 25 USC, 78-74

Jan. 25, 2001

AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES - Sam Clancy had 21 points and five blocks, and BrianScalabrine had 20 points Thursday night as No. 25 Southern Californiasquandered most of a big lead before holding on to beat Oregon 78-74.

The Trojans (14-4, 4-2 Pacific-10) were up 68-52 with 5:08 remaining beforethe Ducks, led by Bryan Bracey and Flo Hartenstein, narrowed the gap to 73-70on Frederick Jones' layup and free throw with 1:31 left.

But Clancy hit a jumper to build the lead back to 75-70 with one minuteremaining, and the Ducks got no closer than three points the rest of the way.

Jones scored 21 for Oregon (11-5, 2-4), which hadn't lost to USC since 1998.

In a match of the Pac-10's two leading scorers, Clancy outscored Bracey.Clancy was averaging 19 points and Bracey was at 19.3

Scalabrine had nine rebounds as the Trojans dominated the boards 36-18.

The Trojans also held the Ducks 10 points below their average of 84.3 agame, which had ranked them No. 16 nationally in offense.

USC opened a 13-point lead in the first half and seemed comfortably aheaduntil Oregon's late rally.

Jarvis Turner's jumper capped an 11-0 spurt over a three-minute span as theTrojans extended their lead to 33-20 with 4:39 left in the first half.

Scalabrine scored nine points first-half points as the Trojans took a 35-25lead.

USC's three-game losing streak to Oregon included two defeats by a total offour points last season. The Trojans hadn't beaten the Ducks since a 63-59 winat the Sports Arena in 1998.

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