No. 19 USC scores first 15 points, cruises over Oregon

No. 19 USC scores first 15 points, cruises over Oregon

Tahj Eaddy scored 24 points, and No. 19-ranked USC pounced on Oregon early for a wire-to-wire, 72-58 win Monday at Galen Center in Los Angeles.USC (19-4, 13-3 Pac-12) and Oregon came into Monday’s matchup, a game rescheduled from Jan. 30 due to COVID-19 protocols, tied with UCLA atop the league loss column.The Trojans, pursuing at least a share of the program’s first regular-season conference championship since 1985, played with urgency from the opening tip. They built a double-digit lead by the first TV timeout that proved insurmountable behind Eaddy’s earlier scoring touch and swarming defense.Eaddy scored 21 first-half points, the same total as USC’s halftime lead. The Trojans raced ahead with a 15-0 start and never led by fewer than 10 points from then on.The Ducks went without a point for the game’s first 5:54, and without a field goal until eight minutes in when Franck Kepnang scored on a hook. Oregon missed its first 12 field-goal attempts and went 10-for-29 from the floor before intermission.The Ducks (14-5, 9-4) improved in the second half, shooting 6-for-9 from 3-point range and 13-for-28 overall. After trailing by as many 26 points, they went on a late 16-7 run that pulled them to within 10 points with just under six minutes left in regulation.Oregon had an opportunity to cut the deficit to single digits, but a missed Chandler Lawson 3-point attempt turned into a wide-open Max Agbonkpolo made 3-pointer on the other end.USC dominated on the glass with a 39-26 rebounding advantage, paced by Drew Peterson’s 11, which matched his season high. The Trojans gave up a 43-36 rebounding disparity to Arizona in a loss on Saturday, which snapped USC’s seven-game winning streak and surrendered its sole possession of first place in the conference.