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Metu's layup with 0.8 left wins it for USC, 72-70

LOS ANGELES (AP) When it came down to the final seconds in a tie game, USC coach Andy Enfield said he wanted his best players to handle the ball to give the Trojans a chance to snap their three-game losing streak.

And USC's two best players did exactly that.

Chimezie Metu's layup on an alley-oop pass from Jordan McLaughlin with 0.8 seconds remaining lifted Southern California to a 72-70 victory over Oregon on Thursday night.

''You always want to put the ball in the hands of your best players at the end of a game,'' Enfield said. ''You want to give your players the best chance to succeed and tonight we did that. On the last play, it was one heck of an option. Chim is so athletic, I thought he was going to dunk at first but he laid it in. It was good to win a game like this after we've lost two games like that in the last two weeks.''

Metu scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds to record his ninth double-double of the season. Jonah Mathews led USC (18-9, 9-5 Pac-12 Conference) with 20 points, including tying a career-high with five 3-pointers. Elijah Stewart added 12 and McLaughlin had 11 points with 11 assists.

Mike McIntosh scored a season-high 23 points and Payton Pritchard added 17 for the Ducks (17-9, 7-6).

With 1:24 to play and trailing 68-67, Metu pulled down an offensive rebound and passed to Stewart who drilled a 3-pointer to give the Trojans a 70-68 lead. On the following possession, McIntosh was called for an offensive foul but Metu missed both free throws with 31 seconds to play.

Troy Brown tied the game at 70 with a basket with 17 seconds remaining. After a timeout, McLaughlin took the inbounds pass, dribbled around the right wing and threw a perfect alley-oop to Metu who laid it in for the lead.

Paul White's 3-point shot at the buzzer was off the mark.

''I knew they were going to double-team and trap me on the last play,'' said McLaughlin. ''I wasn't worried about the first guy, but I was worried about the second. I was fully aware of the clock and once I was able to drag the second guy out as far as I could, I was looking for Elijah but he was covered, so I threw it up towards the rim and Chim made a play.''

Metu was in a perfect position to make the game-winning shot.

''I waited at first but then I got a good angle at the basket and got the pass and then made the play,'' Metu added.

The game was tied nine times in the second half.

USC improved 11-3 at home this season and Oregon dropped to 4-6 on the road. USC snapped its seven-game home losing streak to the Ducks and defeated Oregon for the second time this season.

''We had to get more pressure on the trap,'' Ducks coach Dana Altman said. ''But we didn't get stops in the second half. They shot 60 percent and scored 44 points, so that was the first big key. And the second big key was we had a bad turnover (at the end), and we had some bad offensive possessions''.

BIG PICTURE

OREGON: Though losing at USC, the Ducks, with their win over Washington State last Sunday, guaranteed they will have eight consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1923-32.

USC: Stewart, Metu and McLaughlin have reached the 1,000-point career mark this season. Boatwright still needs 22 to reach 1,000. If he does, it would be the first time USC has had four players on a roster that have scored 1,000 since 2001-2002. But Boatwright, the second-leading scorer for USC at 14.2 ppg, still showed the effects of a foot injury that caused him to miss four games. He grabbed seven rebounds but failed to score for the first time this season. Midway through the second half, Boatwright hurt his knee while going for a rebound, left the game and did not return. Enfield said Boatwright will re-evaluated Friday.

DEROZAN IN THE HOUSE

Former USC and current Toronto Raptor Demar DeRozan attended Thursday's game and spoke to the Trojans prior to the game. ''It means a lot that he would come in and speak to us, especially since what he's done in the NBA,'' Chimezie said.

COUSY FINALIST

USC guard senior Jordan McLaughlin is one 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, an honor presented to the nation's top point guard. Entering Thursday's game, McLaughlin was averaging 12.2 ppg, led the Pac 12 with 7.5 per game (third in the country) and was second in the conference with 49 steals.

UP NEXT

OREGON: The Ducks play at UCLA on Saturday.

USC: The Trojans host Oregon State on Saturday.

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Key Players
P. Pritchard
J. McLaughlin
34.3 Min. Per Game 34.3
12.2 Pts. Per Game 12.2
7.5 Ast. Per Game 7.5
3.8 Reb. Per Game 3.8
46.4 Field Goal % 46.4
41.0 Three Point % 42.3
82.9 Free Throw % 75.3
+ 2 Chimezie Metu made layup, assist by Jordan McLaughlin 1.0
+ 2 Troy Brown made layup 15.0
  Offensive rebound by Troy Brown 15.0
  MiKyle McIntosh missed layup 17.0
  Defensive rebound by Paul White 30.0
  Chimezie Metu missed 2nd of 2 free throws 30.0
  Chimezie Metu missed 2nd of 2 free throws 30.0
  Chimezie Metu missed 1st of 2 free throws 30.0
  Personal foul on Payton Pritchard 30.0
  Turnover on MiKyle McIntosh 35.0
  Offensive foul on MiKyle McIntosh 35.0
Team Stats
Points 70 72
Field Goals 26-61 (42.6%) 29-56 (51.8%)
3-Pointers 9-27 (33.3%) 9-22 (40.9%)
Free Throws 9-10 (90.0%) 5-12 (41.7%)
Total Rebounds 34 29
Offensive 10 7
Defensive 19 22
Team 5 0
Assists 13 20
Steals 5 3
Blocks 1 4
Turnovers 8 9
Fouls 18 13
Technicals 1 1
23 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
20 PTS, 1 REB
12T
away team logo Oregon 17-9 294170
home team logo USC 18-9 284472
Team Stats
away team logo Oregon 17-9 78.3 PPG 37.7 RPG 15.4 APG
home team logo USC 18-9 77.7 PPG 36.9 RPG 15.8 APG
Key Players
22
M. McIntosh F 11.8 PPG 6.1 RPG 1.5 APG 45.7 FG%
2
J. Mathews G 9.3 PPG 2.6 RPG 0.9 APG 45.8 FG%
Top Scorers
M. McIntosh F 23 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
J. Mathews G 20 PTS 1 REB 0 AST
42.6 FG% 51.8
33.3 3PT FG% 40.9
90.0 FT% 41.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. McIntosh 28 23 5 1 1 1 3 4 9/13 4/5 1/1 3 2
P. Pritchard 37 17 3 4 1 0 0 3 5/12 3/8 4/4 0 3
T. Brown 32 11 7 3 1 0 4 1 5/12 1/4 0/0 2 5
P. White 31 8 4 3 1 0 1 4 4/9 0/2 0/1 2 2
E. Brown 29 7 3 2 0 0 0 2 2/8 1/4 2/2 1 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. McIntosh 28 23 5 1 1 1 3 4 9/13 4/5 1/1 3 2
P. Pritchard 37 17 3 4 1 0 0 3 5/12 3/8 4/4 0 3
T. Brown 32 11 7 3 1 0 4 1 5/12 1/4 0/0 2 5
P. White 31 8 4 3 1 0 1 4 4/9 0/2 0/1 2 2
E. Brown 29 7 3 2 0 0 0 2 2/8 1/4 2/2 1 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
V. Bailey Jr. 14 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1/5 0/4 0/0 0 1
K. Wooten 17 2 5 0 1 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 2/2 2 3
R. Sorkin 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
K. Smith 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
A. Kigab 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1
M. Cage - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Gross - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 70 29 13 5 1 8 18 26/61 9/27 9/10 10 19
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Mathews 31 20 1 0 0 0 2 1 7/11 5/7 1/3 0 1
C. Metu 37 18 10 4 0 2 3 2 8/13 1/2 1/5 2 8
E. Stewart 29 12 4 3 0 1 0 2 5/10 2/4 0/0 2 2
J. McLaughlin 34 11 4 11 1 0 2 2 4/8 1/4 2/2 0 4
N. Rakocevic 24 5 2 0 1 0 0 3 2/4 0/0 1/2 1 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Mathews 31 20 1 0 0 0 2 1 7/11 5/7 1/3 0 1
C. Metu 37 18 10 4 0 2 3 2 8/13 1/2 1/5 2 8
E. Stewart 29 12 4 3 0 1 0 2 5/10 2/4 0/0 2 2
J. McLaughlin 34 11 4 11 1 0 2 2 4/8 1/4 2/2 0 4
N. Rakocevic 24 5 2 0 1 0 0 3 2/4 0/0 1/2 1 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Aaron 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
D. Thornton 11 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0
J. Usher 11 2 1 1 1 0 1 2 1/4 0/2 0/0 1 0
B. Boatwright 20 0 7 1 0 1 0 1 0/3 0/3 0/0 1 6
K. Karis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Henderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Fleming - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. O'Bannon Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Uyaelunmo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 72 29 20 3 4 9 13 29/56 9/22 5/12 7 22