The USC Trojans completed their two-game road trip with a matchup against the Oregon Ducks on Saturday and unfortunately for the Trojans, it was the status quo on the season — turnovers and poor free throw shooting.
In large part due to 22 turnovers, the Trojans dropped yet another Pac-12 game, this time falling 78-66. 16 of those turnovers were a result of Duck steals.
The Trojans managed to shoot 22 free throws, but only made 14 of them, good for 63.6%.
Saturday’s loss is the Trojans’ eighth their last 10 games and they are now 10-12 on the season and an abysmal 1-8 in conference play.
The Trojans managed to hold a four-point lead at halftime, but a Ducks’ 22-4 run to start the second half gave them a lead that they never relinquished.
A late push by the Trojans got them to within eight with just under four minutes remaining in the game, but the Ducks answered with a quick 5-0 run to push their lead back to double-digits.
Byron Wesley led the Trojans with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Freshman Nikola Jovanovic failed to score in double-digits for the eighth time in the last nine games, perhaps showing signs of fatigue.
Jovanovic’s ability to score 10 or more points a game has been instrumental in Trojan victories throughout the season.
Ducks’ leading scorer Joseph Young again led the way for his team with 21 points.
Next up for the Trojans is a three-game homestand beginning on Feb. 8 against the UCLA Bruins.