Oregon Ducks embarrassed by USC Trojans in first half, comeback falls short

Dylan Mickanen
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Oregon Ducks embarrassed by USC Trojans in first half, comeback falls short originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

Well, that was certainly a basketball game. 

No. 19 USC (19-4, 13-3) began the evening on a 15-0 run and never looked back, defeating the Oregon Ducks (14-5, 9-4)  in Los Angeles, Monday evening.

It's the largest margin of defeat all season for Oregon. 

Tahj Eaddy led the Trojans finishing with 24 points including 21 points on 70% shooting in the first half. 

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Here are the key takeaways.

The Good

Oregon did not give up.

After playing the worst half of basketball they have all season, Oregon made it a game of sorts in the second half, going as far as to cut the lead to ten points with possession of the ball. However, the deficit never got to single-digits as the Trojans drained an open three-pointer and got a foul on a fastbreak the next possession to put Oregon away. 

The Bad

Horrific start.

Oregon looked like it didn't belong from the first few possessions of the game. The Ducks allowed USC to hit its first three jumpers, all three-pointers, while missing shots in the paint at the other end. 

An irate Dana Altman called a timeout following Oregon allowing a backdoor lay-in to trail 13-0. Out of the timeout, USC scored the first bucket to begin the contest on a 15-0 run. 

While USC did struggle offensively at points, such as a three-minute scoreless spell in the first half, Oregon could not capitalize frequently missing the rim on contested shots or blowing layups to start fastbreak opportunities for the Trojans. 

At halftime, USC led 43-22, out-assisted Oregon 12-2, and had shot 65.4% from the floor and 63.6% from beyond the arc making seven attempts. Meanwhile, the Ducks shot 34.5% from the floor and 12.5% from behind the arc making just one attempt.  

The Highlight

Franck Kepnang had an impressive blocked shot.

The Stat

Oregon allowed USC to shoot 65.4% from the floor and 63.6% from beyond the arc in the first half. 

The Next Game

Oregon travels south to play Stanford on Thursday, February 25th at 6:00 p.m. PT.