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Trojans Win Back-And-Forth Battle

Feb 26, 2022

EUGENE, Ore. — A three-pointer by Quincy Guerrier with 25 seconds left gave Oregon the lead, but USC answered at the other end as the No. 16 Trojans escaped Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday night with a 70-69 victory.

After Guerrier's three, Drew Peterson scored out of a timeout for USC. The Ducks inbounded the ball to Jacob Young with 11.5 seconds left and he drove the lane but had his shot blocked; out of a timeout, Young drove the lane again and kicked to Will Richardson, who likewise drove to the hoop for a potential game-winner, but he didn't get a shot to drop while absorbing contact.

"(Young) made the right decision; everybody came and he kicked it back to Will," UO coach Dana Altman said. "We just didn't hit the shot."

How It Happened: The Ducks worked the glass early to do their part in a back-and-forth opening few minutes. Guerrier followed his own miss to score and Franck Kepnang added two more second-chance points on the next possession, giving Oregon an 8-7 lead. A basket by N'Faly Dante and a three-pointer from Guerrier put Oregon up 15-14, but after Dante scored again to tie it, 17-17, USC mounted an 11-0 run to lead 28-17. Down 31-19 moments later, Oregon put together a 13-0 run to close out the half, and the Ducks led 32-31 at the break.

The Trojans scored seven straight early in the second half to lead 42-36. The Ducks then scored on a four straight possessions — a basket by Kepnang, a three-pointer from Young, a bucket by Eric Williams Jr. and an alley opp finished by Dante — to get within 47-45. Six straight free throws put Oregon up 54-53, as it remained a one-possession game over the final 10 minutes of action.

The game was tied 61-61 at the final media timeout, and Young hit a deep three-pointer late in the shot clock for a three-point lead. Two second-chance points got USC within 66-65 and the Trojans scored on their next possession to take the lead before Guerrier made his three-pointer with 25 seconds left. Peterson answered for USC, however, and Oregon couldn't convert on the last possession of the game.

Who Stood Out: Five players scored in double figures for the Ducks, led by Guerrier with 15 points plus 10 rebounds — and two charges drawn. De'Vion Harmon scored 13 with four steals, Dante added 12 points with nine rebounds, Young scored 11 and Williams scored 10. Richardson continued to struggle with his shot, finishing 0-for-8 after missing on the last possession, but he dished out eight assists and grabbed four rebounds.

What It Means: Oregon entered the night as one of the last team's out of the NCAA Tournament field in most projections. A win over the nationally ranked Trojans could have given the Ducks' hopes a boost, but it was not to be.

The Ducks will head to Washington for their final week of the regular season looking to secure a first-round bye to the Pac-12 Tournament, which they might need to win in order to make the NCAA Tournament.

"I think the guys know where we're at; my job's to get them ready for Washington," Altman said. "They look at that stuff, they know where we're at, they know what we need to do."

Senior Night: The Ducks honored Richardson, Williams and Young in a postgame ceremony following what was the final home game of the regular season.

Up Next: The Ducks open the final weekend of the regular season at Washington on Thursday (7 p.m., Pac-12 Network).