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Oregon 75, USC 70

3/5/2004

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon's 75-70 victory over Southern
California satisfied the team's need for one more win to secure a
spot in the postseason.

Luke Jackson scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half to
rally the Ducks past the Trojans on Thursday. With the win, Oregon
(13-11 overall, 8-9 Pac-10) locked up one of the eight spots in the
Pac-10 tournament being played next weekend in Los Angeles, no
matter what happens on Saturday against UCLA in the season finale.
The Ducks won the league tournament last season.

"It took us a while to get going," Jackson said. "But we got
some easy baskets, hit some big shots and got our confidence going.
We're a tough team to beat if we've got confidence at home."

Jackson made 6-of-11 shots in the second half and grabbed 13
rebounds. The senior became the first player in school history with
three 500-point seasons.

James Davis added 19 points off the bench for Oregon, while
Andre Joseph scored 17. The win ended the Ducks' four-game losing
streak -- their longest in three seasons.

Desmon Farmer led the Trojans with 25 points, including 16 in
the first half, though he made only 8-of-23 shots total, and
4-of-14 3-pointers. Jeff McMillan had 13 points and 15 rebounds.

The Trojans were without regular point guard Errick Craven, who
was serving a one-game, league-mandated suspension for his actions
in USC's game against California on Feb. 21.

"It hurt us a lot, especially on defense," McMillan said of
Craven's absence. "But we can't worry about that. We have to go
out and play."

Oregon trailed by 12 after a 3-pointer by Rory O'Neil put USC up
37-25 with 4:11 to play in the first half. But Davis knocked down a
pair of 3-pointers as the Ducks went on an 8-2 run to end the half
down 39-33.

Three-pointers by Jackson and Joseph in the opening minute of
the second half tied the game 39-39. Minutes later, a free throw by
Ian Crosswhite gave the Ducks their first lead of the game, 42-41.
They didn't trail the rest of the game.

"We had momentum going into halftime and we talked about
carrying that momentum into the second half," Jackson said. "We
got those two 3-pointers right away and that was pretty much the
ballgame."
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