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Game Recap: No. 21 Oregon Annihilates No. 22 USC, 84-61

The unbeaten Trojans didn’t stand a chance against a Duck team playing on short rest Friday night

NCAA Basketball: Southern California at Oregon Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

EUGENE, Oregon — No. 21 Oregon embarrassed previously unbeaten No. 22 USC, 84-61, on Friday night from Matthew Knight Arena. With another gigantic victory in conference, the Ducks extend their school-record home win streak to 35 games.

It’s not easy to play, and play well twice in a 48-hour span. The Ducks did so with their brilliant follow-up performance against USC. Hours earlier, Oregon was upsetting No. 2 UCLA. It was truly remarkable to witness them avoid the “trap” game scenario.

Dillon Brooks has returned to form, and then some.

NCAA Basketball: Southern California at Oregon
Dillon Brooks defends Trojan guard De’Anthony Melton on Friday night from MKA. The Ducks showed their resilience with a dismantling of previously undefeated USC.
Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

The aforementioned Brooks, Payton Pritchard, Tyler Dorsey, Dylan Ennis, and Bell drew the start. Chris Boucher came off the bench for the second straight game after missing time with an ankle injury.

Brooks and Ennis were the stars of the show. The preseason All-American led the way with a game, and season-high 28 points. Brooks just recorded his previous season-high (23) in the Ducks last game against No. 2 UCLA.

Brooks had 20 at the half, as Oregon led by 10 points, 39-29. He finished with three rebounds, three assists, and a steal.

The transfer from Villanova was the other star of the night. Ennis filled up the stat sheet with 20 points, six boards, three dimes, three steals, and a blocked shot. His value to this team is limitless.

Boucher scored 11 points off the bench, alongside six boards and five blocked shots. His presence off the bench has been immeasurable the last two games. He is fighting through an injury, nonetheless.

Altman used a 10-man rotation against USC on Friday night.

Next up for the No. 21 Ducks (13-2) is Washington (7-5, 5-2 away) in Seattle on Wednesday night. The first 2017 tip is set for 6:00 p.m. PCT. It will be the first Duck away game in 10 games, following nine straight at home. Oregon resides at 10-0 from MKA this season.


Jordan Bell Finishes The Alley-Oop

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