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Ducks fly past Trojans at Galen Center

USC Trojans on Senior Day
USC Trojans on Senior Day
USC Athletics

The Oregon Ducks completed the Los Angeles sweep, with a 78-63 victory over the USC Trojans at Galen Center on Saturday.

For the second consecutive year the Ducks have administered a loss the Trojans in Eugene and Los Angeles.

With it being senior day, Trojans head coach Andy Einfield started an all senior line up that included, Pe'Shon Howard, guards JT Terrell and Daniel Munoz, forward D.J. Haley and center Omar Oraby.

Howard electrified the crowd and the team scoring 16 points in the first that gave USC a seven point advantage. However the defense of the Ducks allow the game to end up with a 36-36 halftime score. Both team shot nearly 50% from the field.

The second half proved to be no different as both team led by no more than three points. The Trojans managed to the tie the score at 58-58, when Byron Wesley connected on a basket.

Wesley continued to be the aggressor offensively, connecting on a sensational shot that trimmed Oregon's lead 61-60 with approximately nine minute remaining.

After a swing of offensive moment by Oregon's Mike Moser and a pair of free throws by Joseph Young and Dominic Artis, gave the Ducks the 65-60 lead with 8:30 left.

Oregon jumped out to a 9-0 run that extended their lead 74-60 with 4:25 remaining.

Omar Oraby stopped the bleeding with an easy basket, but proved not enough as the Ducks hung on for the win.

Mike Moser finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Joseph Young contributed with 16 points in the win.

Pe'Shon Howard scored 20 points, and Byron Wesley finished with 12 points in the loss.

"We want to go out there and win and try get some momentum going into the tournament," said Howard about the Pac-12 tournament. "There is no pressure on us, we have nothing to lose."

USC (10-19, 1-15 Pac-12) finishes their season on the road against Washington State and Washington. The Trojans have lost 15 out of 16 games this season, and have lost 10 in a row.

Coach Andy Einfield spoke about the expectations of his team's improvements. "Our players do know and will know what they need to do in the off-season to improve, and we intend to be a much better team next year."

Oregon (20-8, 8-8 Pac-12) finished their season at home against Arizona and Arizona State.

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