Trojans Rally Past Ducks

Feb. 21, 2008

LOS ANGELES (AP)-- Freshman O.J. Mayo scored 18 of his 32 points in the final 8 1/2 minutes, and Southern California rallied from a 13-point deficit early in the second half to beat Oregon 81-75 Thursday night.

Taj Gibson added 15 points and eight rebounds, freshman Angelo Johnson had 14 points and five assists, and Dwight Lewis scored 12 as the Trojans (16-9, 7-6 Pac-10), snapped a two-game losing streak and moved into fourth place in the conference.

Mayo, who had four points and 10 turnovers in USC's 56-46 loss to No. 6 UCLA last Sunday, made a 3-pointer with 6:12 remaining to snap a 61-all tie and put the Trojans ahead for good. He added another with 2:04 to play to make it 73-69, and the Ducks weren't closer than four points after that.

Mayo added six foul shots without a miss in the final 32 seconds to clinch the victory.

Malik Hairston scored 17 points, Tajuan Porter had 16, Joevan Catron added 14 and Maarty Leunen had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Ducks (15-11, 6-8), who lost for the seventh time in 10 games.

A basket by Catron and four straight points by Hairston gave Oregon a 50-37 lead early in the second half.

Then, with Johnson and backup forward Keith Wilkinson leading the way, the Trojans went on a 20-6 run to take their first lead, 57-56 with 9:15 remaining. Johnson scored eight points and Wilkinson grabbed several of the career-high 11 rebounds he would finish with during the spurt.

Neither team led by more than four points after that until the final two minutes.

Porter made two 3-pointers and Catron added a pair of baskets as Oregon took a quick 13-4 lead, and Porter added another 3-pointer to make it 22-10.

Mayo picked up his third foul with 3:15 left before halftime, but with the Trojans trailing 38-24 and USC having a thin bench, coach Tim Floyd opted to leave his freshman star in the game.

The move paid off as Mayo's 3-pointer capped an 8-2 USC run to finish the half, cutting Oregon's lead to 42-33. Freshman LeKendric Longmire, averaging 2.9 points, scored eight in the opening 20 minutes, and the Ducks committed just one turnover.

Mayo wouldn't pick up his fourth foul until the final 24 seconds, when the outcome had been decided.

USC played without starting guard Daniel Hackett (stress fracture, lower back) for the second straight game. Hackett had a career-high 26 points, six rebounds and six assists in the Trojans' 95-86 overtime victory at Oregon last month.

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