No. 19 USC bounces back with dominant victory over Oregon

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Following a disappointing loss to Arizona on Saturday, Tahj Eaddy helps lead No. 19 USC to a 72-58 victory over Oregon.
That familiar doubt was swirling, those same vultures circling, the most critical juncture of its so-far charmed season closing in suddenly on USC, as Tahj Eaddy caught a pass at the top of the key Monday night, prepared to exorcise decades worth of demons on his own.

He and the Trojans had bounced back from deflating defeats before this season. But never were the stakes this high, with the Pac-12 race in a dead heat, or the turnaround this quick, with only one day between their tough loss to Arizona and a suddenly rescheduled matchup with Oregon.

So as the uncertainty about USC was simmering again, Eaddy decided to dispense with the suspense quickly. He knocked down one three. Then another. Then another, extinguishing any lingering doubt over the course of a 72-58 victory impressive enough to turn the Trojans' remaining skeptics into believers.

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"We're showing we're one of the best teams in the country," Eaddy said. "We felt like we let one slip against Arizona. We just wanted to let teams know, you can't bully us. We're fighters. We're not going to give in like that."

USC didn't waste time throwing the first punch ... or the second … or the third on Monday night. As Eaddy sunk his trio of triples to open the game, the Trojans soared to a 15-0 run, while Oregon missed its first 12 shots from the field, failing to hit a shot until more than eight minutes had already passed.

That intensity never waned, even as USC's scorching hot…
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