Young Leads The Way As Oregon Defeats USC For Fourth Straight Win


It was a game that could have come down to the wire, but the Oregon Ducks worked their way past three late turnovers that may have allowed the USC Trojans to tie and get the game to overtime, but it was not to be for USC. It was a game where Oregon never trailed and was found tied with USC at 41 before Oregon pulled away and USC would not be able to catch up.

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Young, coming off his Pac-12 Player of the Week performance from last week had twenty six points against USC. Elgin Cook  and Dillon Brooks had fifteen each. Young was the difference maker in the game and took over in the second half. After breaking the 41-41 tie with three straight baskets he hit several key three point shots and landed two free throws. He was the clear difference maker on Wednesday night. USC shot just thirty seven percent from the floor for the game where Oregon shot fifty-nine percent.

With Oregon State losing at UCLA the Ducks took sole possession of third place in the Pac-12 and the win was a solid first step in helping to find a road identity for this season. If Oregon is to make anyone on the NCAA Tournament Committee take notice road wins will have to be the new norm for the next few weeks. Oregon will play the majority the rest of the way on the road and have just two home games remaining this season.

Oregon hosts eleventh ranked Utah and Colorado next week at Matthew Knight Arena before closing out the regular season on the road at Cal, Stanford, and the season finale in Corvallis at Oregon State against the Beavers. Next up for the Ducks – a date with UCLA on Saturday at Noon. The game will be broadcast on FOX.