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Boatwright, Rakocevic lead USC past Oregon, 66-49

LOS ANGELES (AP) It was a rare sighting Thursday, snow falling along the Los Angeles foothills. In downtown there was a much more common occurrence - Bennie Boatwright knocking down 3s.

The USC senior scored 20 points, all but two coming from beyond the 3-point line, to lead the Trojans to a 66-49 victory over Oregon.

''Bennie really killed us,'' Oregon coach Dana Altman said. ''Him shooting the ball was the difference. Those six 3s really gave them separation.''

Boatwright has been particularly hot of late from beyond the arc. In his last five games, he has made 24 of 39 3-pointers (61.5 percent).

''Bennie is shooting as well as he has in his career,'' USC coach Andy Enfield said. ''His all-around game is good. He's feeling it. To beat Oregon, you need players to step up like that. It was fun to watch.''

Center Nick Rakocevic added 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting, and like Boatwright, had six rebounds.

The Trojans (15-12, 8-6 Pac-12) held the Ducks (15-11, 6-7) to 33.3 percent shooting.

The Ducks never could crack USC's zone defense, going long stretches where they struggled to find the basket. Oregon went 1 for 12 in one stretch in the second half when the Trojans pushed their lead to 16 points (60-44).

The Ducks went just 4 of 21 from the 3-point line.

''The ball movement wasn't there,'' Altman said. "We did have a lot of good looks, but we missed them and then started pressing.''

USC, meanwhile, shot 62.5 percent in the second half.

The victory reversed an 81-60 USC loss at Oregon last month.

''They beat us pretty bad when we played up there, so it was a good game for us to get our revenge here and take care of business,'' Rakocevic said. ''We had something to prove tonight. This was a statement game. We played really well, defended really well.''

While the Ducks struggled to shoot from outside, they did not have any more success under the basket. USC outscored Oregon 30-18 in the paint and 14-7 on second-chance points.

Oregon is having particular problems shooting on the road. The Ducks shot 31.0 percent at Colorado, and in that one, the Buffaloes primarily played man defense.

''We just have to play better,'' Altman said. ''Offensively we have to finish plays. Defensively we're still not connected. I thought we gave up some easy looks.''

Freshman Louis King led Oregon with 16 points and Victor Bailey Jr. had 10 points off the bench.

BIG PICTURE

Oregon: The Ducks thought they had turned things around after winning four of five games but have now lost two straight.

USC: After losing four of five games, the Trojans have won consecutive conference games.

STARTING DIFFERENCE

Rakocevic did not start in USC's two games last week, but returned to the lineup Thursday and was a force. He had two blocks to go with his six rebounds and 17 points.

''He had a good defensive game,'' Enfield said. ''We outscored Oregon in the paint and Nick was a big part of that. That's what we expect of him. He's capable of doing that on a more consistent basis. Nick responded to being back in the lineup. He played with a lot of energy on both sides of the ball.''

UP NEXT

Oregon: Travels across town to play UCLA on Saturday.

USC: Remains home to play Oregon State on Saturday.

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Key Players
P. Pritchard
B. Boatwright
32.8 Min. Per Game 32.8
18.4 Pts. Per Game 18.4
2.3 Ast. Per Game 2.3
6.5 Reb. Per Game 6.5
38.8 Field Goal % 48.6
32.9 Three Point % 44.2
87.7 Free Throw % 74.0
  Defensive rebound by Francis Okoro 1.0
  Derryck Thornton missed driving layup 2.0
  Lost ball turnover on Ehab Amin, stolen by Elijah Weaver 9.0
  Defensive rebound by Louis King 19.0
  Elijah Weaver missed 3-pt. jump shot 21.0
  Bad pass turnover on Kenny Wooten, stolen by Shaqquan Aaron 28.0
+ 2 Elijah Weaver made driving layup 46.0
  Defensive rebound by Elijah Weaver 1:03
  Louis King missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:07
+ 1 Louis King made 1st of 2 free throws 1:07
  Shooting foul on Nick Rakocevic 1:07
Team Stats
Points 49 66
Field Goals 18-54 (33.3%) 27-54 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 4-21 (19.0%) 9-24 (37.5%)
Free Throws 9-11 (81.8%) 3-5 (60.0%)
Total Rebounds 28 35
Offensive 8 7
Defensive 18 26
Team 2 2
Assists 10 20
Steals 6 5
Blocks 1 2
Turnovers 9 13
Fouls 12 10
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST
20 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Oregon 15-11 252449
home team logo USC 15-12 303666
Team Stats
away team logo Oregon 15-11 70.5 PPG 37.1 RPG 13.3 APG
home team logo USC 15-12 76.3 PPG 38.5 RPG 16.2 APG
Key Players
2
L. King F 13.1 PPG 5.7 RPG 1.4 APG 42.9 FG%
25
B. Boatwright F 18.2 PPG 6.6 RPG 2.5 APG 47.4 FG%
Top Scorers
L. King F 16 PTS 6 REB 3 AST
B. Boatwright F 20 PTS 6 REB 3 AST
33.3 FG% 50.0
19.0 3PT FG% 37.5
81.8 FT% 60.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. King 16 6 3 6/13 1/4 3/4 2 37 1 0 2 1 5
P. White 9 4 2 4/9 1/2 0/0 0 30 1 0 0 2 2
P. Pritchard 5 1 0 2/10 1/7 0/0 2 35 3 0 0 0 1
K. Wooten 2 2 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 21 0 1 4 0 2
W. Richardson 0 4 2 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 19 1 0 2 2 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. King 16 6 3 6/13 1/4 3/4 2 37 1 0 2 1 5
P. White 9 4 2 4/9 1/2 0/0 0 30 1 0 0 2 2
P. Pritchard 5 1 0 2/10 1/7 0/0 2 35 3 0 0 0 1
K. Wooten 2 2 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 21 0 1 4 0 2
W. Richardson 0 4 2 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 19 1 0 2 2 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
V. Bailey Jr. 10 2 1 3/8 1/4 3/3 2 24 0 0 0 0 2
M. Norris 4 2 1 1/4 0/2 2/2 1 14 0 0 0 0 2
F. Okoro 3 4 1 1/3 0/0 1/2 2 15 0 0 0 3 1
E. Amin 0 1 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 5 0 0 1 0 1
W. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Bol - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Osborn - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 49 26 10 18/54 4/21 9/11 12 200 6 1 9 8 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Boatwright 20 6 3 7/14 6/9 0/0 1 39 1 0 3 3 3
N. Rakocevic 17 6 2 8/11 0/0 1/2 4 34 0 2 1 2 4
D. Thornton 10 0 4 4/8 1/3 1/1 0 23 0 0 2 0 0
S. Aaron 5 5 2 2/3 1/2 0/0 2 25 1 0 3 0 5
J. Mathews 5 4 4 2/9 1/6 0/0 0 34 2 0 2 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Boatwright 20 6 3 7/14 6/9 0/0 1 39 1 0 3 3 3
N. Rakocevic 17 6 2 8/11 0/0 1/2 4 34 0 2 1 2 4
D. Thornton 10 0 4 4/8 1/3 1/1 0 23 0 0 2 0 0
S. Aaron 5 5 2 2/3 1/2 0/0 2 25 1 0 3 0 5
J. Mathews 5 4 4 2/9 1/6 0/0 0 34 2 0 2 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Porter Jr. 5 6 2 2/5 0/2 1/2 1 19 0 0 1 1 5
E. Weaver 4 5 3 2/4 0/2 0/0 1 18 1 0 1 0 5
V. Uyaelunmo 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 1
J. Brooks 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
M. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Fleming - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. O'Bannon Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 66 33 20 27/54 9/24 3/5 10 200 5 2 13 7 26