With thirty-three seconds to go, the Ducks lead by one point. Coach Altman takes a time out. Skip ahead to Dominic Artis going 1-2 at the line. Ducks are up by a mere two points with 22 seconds to go.
We've been here before.
Perhaps USC was, in fact, a trap....
Then again, USC had three chances to tie the game up at the end. Three chances blown, and Arsalan Kazemi went to the line in the final moments. He missed. Didn't matter. Oregon officially hangs on.
The Ducks are now 15-2, 4-0 in conference....
In an otherwise ugly game, EJ Singler was a stabilizing force tonight, swinging the momentum back in the Duck's favor as the Trojans made a close game of it at every turn. He walked away with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists to USC's J.T. Terrell led with 20 points , 3 rebounds and 3 assists.
Many thought USC would perhaps take the court wounded in the wake of Monday's coaching upheaval. Instead, the Trojans came out tonight refreshed, energized, loose.
And yet, the Ducks powered through, out rebounding USC 39-29.
Kazemi played with a new level of aggression. We saw major growth from Damyean Dotson (note the huge steal in the final minute). And Carlos Emory is looking solid in his newly increased role.
Game notes to come.