USC Snaps Losing Streak with Win Against Oregon

March 5, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) - DeMar DeRozan scored 19 points and Taj Gibson had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead Southern California to an 80-66 victory over Oregon on Thursday.

Daniel Hackett added 17 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Trojans (17-12, 8-9 Pac-10), who broke a three-game losing streak.

Tajuan Porter scored 20 points for the Ducks (8-21, 2-15). LeKendric Longmire added 13 points and Josh Crittle had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Oregon, which trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half, built a 39-38 lead with 18:57 to play. But USC rallied behind a 16-2 surge to move ahead 54-41 with 8:57 left. The Ducks missed 11 consecutive shots at one point.

Oregon narrowed the deficit to 64-62 with 3:59 to play but the Trojans used a 12-0 spree to extend their advantage to 76-62 with 1:08 left. Hackett led the run with six points, a block, an assist and a steal.

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