USC Edges Oregon in OT Thriller

Jan. 26, 2008

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Daniel Hackett scored 26 points, O.J. Mayo had 25 points and Dwight Lewis a career-high 24, leading USC to a 95-86 overtime victory over Oregon on Saturday night.

The Trojans (13-6, 4-3 Pac-10) were nearly perfect in the overtime session, going 5-for-5 from the field - all 3-pointers - and 6-for-8 from the free-throw line as they quickly broke away from the 74-all tie.

It was the fourth straight win for USC, while the Ducks (12-8, 3-5) have now lost four straight since upsetting then-No. 23 Stanford two weeks ago.

Malik Hairston scored 21 to pace Oregon, which sent the game into overtime when Bryce Taylor made a layup as time expired.

Taylor finished with 16 points, while Tajuan Porter scored 17 points, Joevan Catron had 15 and Maarty Leunen 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Mayo came up big in the second half for USC. He scored 20 points after the break and made five 3-pointers total, including a long shot that sparked a 9-0 run at the start of overtime to put the Trojans up 83-74 with three minutes left.

This time, Oregon couldn't rally, getting no closer than 85-82 before Hackett drained the Trojans' 12th 3-pointer of the game. USC ended on a 10-4 run.

The Trojans led 66-57 with 1:26 to play when Porter went to the line, where three free throws started a 17-8 run. Hairston scored seven points during that stretch, and Porter had six.

Hackett had a chance to make it a three-point game but missed one of his two free-attempts with 14.6 seconds remaining.

Porter drove the lane at the other end but missed the tying layup. Oregon regained possession under the basket with 2 seconds left, and Kamyron Brown found Taylor cutting to the hoop for the uncontested layup as time expired.

Neither team shot the ball well in the first half, particularly from the 3-point line. USC was 2-for-12 from long range, while the Ducks converted just three of their 14 attempts.

The Trojans could never pull away despite leading the entire half, while Oregon could never get closer than five points after falling behind 14-5 early on.

But the Trojans shot 77 percent in the second half and were perfect in overtime. They made 12-of-26 overall from the 3-point line.

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