Cook helps Oregon upset No. 21 Southern Cal 89-81

Oregon's Elgin Cook, top center, goes up for two points under pressure from Southern California's Chimezie Metu (4), Darion Clark (0) and Bennie Boatwright, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch)
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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Elgin Cook matched his career high with 26 points and Chris Boucher had 16 points and nine rebounds to lead Oregon to an 89-81 victory over No. 21 Southern California on Thursday night.

Dwayne Benjamin also had 16 points off the bench for the Ducks (15-4, 4-2), who moved into a tie for second place in the Pac-12 with their 18th consecutive home win. Oregon held the Trojans (15-4, 4-2), the conference's best 3-point shooting team, to 8 of 28 (28.6 percent) from long range.

Freshman Bennie Boatright had 23 points and 12 rebounds, both season highs, to lead USC (15-4, 4-2) before fouling out late in the game. Julian Jacobs also had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Trojans.

USC lost contact with the Ducks when they rode a 13-1 run to a 71-56 lead midway through the second half.

The lead changed hands five times in the first half before a 10-0 Oregon run, highlighted by Benjamin's two 3-pointers, put the Ducks up by nine on their way to a 46-41 lead at the break.

Oregon had three scorers in double figures by the half, led by Cook's 12 points and 10 each from Boucher and Benjamin.

Meanwhile, USC had its poorest shooting first half in Pac-12 play, making 16 of 38 (42.1 percent), along with missing five of nine free throws.


USC: The Trojans, who start Pac-12 play with five of their first seven games on the road, are now 2-2 away from home in the conference. USC hasn't won in Eugene in seven years. . USC felt short of matching the best start by a Trojan team in 24 seasons. The 1991-92 squad started 17-3.

Oregon: The victory was the Ducks' second over a ranked team this season. Oregon beat then-No. 20 Baylor in mid-November. . Casey Benson, the national leader in assist-to-turnover ratio at 5.8 per game, had three assists and two turnovers in the win. . Oregon is now 87-13 after 100 games in five-year-old Matthew Knight Arena. USC was also the first opponent to lose there when it helped christen the building in 2011.


USC plays at Oregon State on Sunday.

Oregon hosts UCLA on Saturday.