Trojans spoil Ducks' undefeated record

Published: Friday, January 5, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 5, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

EUGENE, Ore. — Nick Young scored 19 points and Taj Gibson recorded 18 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks as Southern California handed No. 16 Oregon its first loss of the season, 84-82.

Gabe Pruitt added 18 points for the Trojans (12-4, 2-1 Pac-10), who shot 55 percent from the field.

Aaron Brooks scored 31 points for the Ducks (13-1, 1-1), but he missed a chance to tie the game from the free throw line with 1.4 seconds to play.

He was fouled attempting to take a desperation 3 with the Ducks trailing 84-81.

Brooks swished through his first attempt, missed his second, then intentionally missed the third. The loose ball was picked up by Oregon's Chamberlain Oguchi, but he couldn't get a shot off before time expired.

The loss denied the Ducks a chance to tie the best start in school history.


Levance Fields scored a career-high 24 points and No. 10 Pittsburgh beat host Syracuse in the Big East opener for both teams.

The Panthers (13-2) have won nine of the last 12 meetings with Syracuse (11-4) and three of the last four in the Carrier Dome.

Aaron Gray had nine points and nine rebounds for Pitt, while Ronald Ramon had 12 points.

Eric Devendorf had 17 points and Darryl Watkins added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Orange, who lost at home for the third time this season.

Syracuse rallied within 60-58 with 6:22 to go on a 3-pointer and another long jumper, both from the left corner, by Andy Rautins. But Graves hit a 3 from the right corner as the shot clock was winding down, Cook converted a finger roll and Ramon drained a 3 from right wing to give Pitt a 68-62 lead with 2:52 left.


Herbert Hill had 23 points, nine rebounds and seven blocked shots to lead host Providence in the Big East opener for both teams.

Geoff McDermott had 11 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, and Weyinmi Efejuku had 18 points and 10 boards for Providence (11-3). The Friars played without guard Sharaud Curry, the team leader in points and assists per game, who missed his third consecutive game for violating team rules.

Wesley Matthews scored 14 points on 6-for-18 shooting for Marquette (13-3), which was without No. 2 scorer Jerel McNeal, who injured his head in practice on Monday. Dominic James scored 12 points on 3-for-11 shooting — going just 1-for-8 from 3-point range — for the Golden Eagles, who shot 31.1 percent from the field.


Senior Jeremy Hunt matched his career-high with 24 points, and freshman Willie Kemp added 21 to lead host Memphis.

Hunt and Kemp were a combined 12-of-16 from 3-point range for the Tigers (11-3), who won their third straight.

Robert Dozier had 13 points for the Tigers, who scored the game's first 11 points and were up 31 at halftime.

Cedric McGowan led Cincinnati (9-5) with 20 points, while John Williamson added 11.

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