EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Ducks seemed relieved to finally get a quality victory.
Joseph Young scored 21 points, including a key 3-pointer that touched off a 12-0 Oregon run midway through the second half, and the Ducks soundly defeated the USC Trojans 78-66 on Saturday night.
"It's always important to get a win," said Jason Calliste, who finished with 18 points. "But just the way that we played was more satisfying, I guess you could say."
Oregon (15-6, 3-6 Pac-12) led by as many as 17 points and had 16 steals, finishing just one shy of the school record. Young had a career-high six.
The Ducks had lost six of their last seven games after opening the season with 13 straight wins and climbing as high as No. 10 in the AP rankings.
Byron Wesley finished with 19 points for the Trojans (10-12, 1-8 Pac-12), who have lost three straight overall and haven't managed to defeat the Ducks in seven straight meetings.
"They just came out and really punched us in the mouth," Wesley said.
Sitting last in the league standings, Southern California was coming off a 76-75 loss to Oregon State on Thursday night. With the loss to the Ducks, the Trojans fall to 0-5 on the road in conference play.
USC was plagued by turnovers, finishing with a season-high 22. The Ducks kept them off-balance by pressing on defense.
"I feel like each game that we play, we're getting better on defense," Young said.
The Trojans jumped out to a 12-6 lead on Wesley's jumper, but Oregon responded with a 7-0 run capped by Young's layup and free throw to take a 13-12 lead at the halfway point of the first period.
Oregon extended the lead to 23-18 on Mike Moser's 3-pointer.
USC tied it at 25 after Pe'Shon Howard's 3-pointer, but the Trojans didn't pull back in front until J.T. Terrell made a pair of free throws and Omar Araby dunked to go ahead 31-28.