Ducks close out season

Oregon struggles with USC's length and drops 82-68 decision in Sweet 16
Staff Report
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Oregon's run into the Sweet 16 ended in a disappointing decision to conference rival USC Sunday afternoon.

The Oregon Ducks tied with USC for the regular-season Pac-12 Conference title in March, but the difference in the two teams couldn’t have been more apparent in the first half of their game Sunday.

Facing off for the second time this season, USC hammered Oregon 41-26 in the first half, and rolled to an 82-68 win in the Sweet 16.

Eugene Omoruyi and Chris Duarte were superlative for Oregon, but the Ducks otherwise struggled with USC’s mix of length on defense and hot three-point shooting.

The Ducks (21-7) trailed by as many as 21 points in the second half before rallying to within nine. But ultimately the deficit was too much to overcome, despite 28 points and 10 rebounds from Omoruyi and 21 points from Duarte.

“Our ball movement against the zone that first half was not good,” UO coach Dana Altman said. “I let the guys down; I didn’t have ‘em ready for that zone. I thought I did. But their length and athleticism really bothered us.”

The Ducks led 17-16 midway through the first half, but USC’s offense and Oregon’s lack of attack on the offensive end doomed the outcome.