Trojans Hold Off No. 9 Oregon, 71-68

Feb. 3, 2007

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Taj Gibson scored 18 points and Southern California held off a late rally from No. 9 Oregon for a 71-68 victory Saturday to give the Trojans a season sweep of the Ducks for the first time in six years.

Gibson went 7-for-9 from the field and hit a free throw with 16.9 seconds to play to give USC a three-point lead it wouldn't relinquish.

Aaron Brooks led Oregon with 16 points and nine rebounds, but the Pac-10's leading scorer missed a chance for another game-breaking shot when his 3-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark.

Brooks had pulled down a rebound with six seconds to play after Oregon's Chamberlain Oguchi missed a 3.

Nick Young scored 13 and Gabriel Pruitt had 12 points for USC, (18-6, 8-3 Pac-10) which beat a ranked team for the fifth time this season, and will stay in at least second place in the Pac-10.

Last month the Trojans gave the Ducks their first loss - and only home loss - of the season, 84-82 in Eugene.

USC, Oregon and Washington State came into the day in a second-place tie in the conference standings.

Oregon (19-4, 7-4) lost two in a row for the first time this season and lost for the third time on their four-game road trip.

The Ducks were coming off a 69-57 loss at No. 5 UCLA on Thursday.

Tajuan Porter scored 15 and Malik Hairston added 14 for Oregon.

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