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Final Run Leads to USC Demise Vs Oregon

USC dropped its 10th straight game losing 78-63 to Oregon. Pe'Shon Howard scored 20 points, but none in the final 16 minutes.

Byron Wesley drove to the left block and made a turnaround over his right shoulder to put USC one point behind Oregon, 61-60, with 9:21 remaining.

Wesley had 12 points, 10 coming in the second half. USC's leading scorer, who has been the Trojans' go-to offensive weapon all season, didn't shoot another shot. No jumpers; no floaters; no layups; no...nothing. He didn't even get to the free throw line.

Not coincidentally, USC basketball didn't have another field goal.

The Oregon Ducks ended the game on 17-3 run to turn an entertaining back-and-forth matchup that featured 19 lead changes and 15 ties into a 78-63 Ducks victory and yet another double-digit loss for the Trojans.

The final 9:21 were a familiar sight for USC basketball. The Trojans turned the ball over repeatedly and couldn't buy a bucket when they didn't give the ball away. After only turning the ball over five times in the first 30 minutes of the game, USC gave it away seven times in the last quarter of action.

The final 10 minutes of sloppy play were a stark contrast to the high energy first half action. Both teams were 12-for-26 in the first half, leading to a 36-36 halftime stalemate. USC senior guard Pe'Shon Howard and Oregon senior forward Mike Moser, who finished tied with a game-high 20 points, put on a show in the first half.

Howard scored 16 points on 3-of-6 shooting, driving into the lane and consistently drawing contact while Moser showed his versatility with dunks inside and deep mid-range jumpers.

But while Moser continued playing well in the second half, but Howard seemed to wear down from the constant contact. Howard didn't score in the final 16:21 and couldn't get a call when he drove into the paint. He also had three turnovers in the final 10 minutes.

Oregon had four players in double figures. Along with Moser, Joseph Young had 16 points, Jason Calliste scored 13 and Elgin Cook added 12 points.

Howard was honored before the game along with Omar Oraby, J.T. Terrell, D.J. Haley, and Daniel Munoz -- who all started -- for Senior Day. The Trojans have lost three of their last four Senior Days.

**On the opposite end of the spectrum of USC teams from this year's squad, the 1954 USC basketball team, which made the Trojans' only Final Four appearance, was honored during the game. Six players were in attendance: Jack Dunne, Jack Lovrich, Al Ludecke, Roy Irvin, Dave De Groote and Ralph Pausig

Post-Game Interviews:

USC senior guard Pe'Shon Howard talks about the loss and Senior Day:

USC head coach Andy Enfield discusses the Trojans' 10th straight loss: