Scoresheet: USC thumps Oregon in men's basketball
College men's basketball — Oregon went to Los Angeles on Monday hoping to close the gap at the top of the Pac-12. But the USC Trojans scored the first 15 points and never gave the Ducks a chance to get close, beating Oregon 72-58 at Galen Center.
Tajh Eaddy scored 21 of his game-high 24 points in the first half to help the Trojans (19-4, 13-3 Pac-12) lead 43-22 at halftime. The Ducks (14-5, 9-4) were no closer than 10 points in the second half.
USC is a half-game ahead of UCLA atop the Pac-12. Third-place Oregon is 2.5 games back.
The Trojans' size was a factor as USC dominated the boards 40-27 including 15 offensive rebounds. But, coming off a loss to Arizona, USC started the game with more energy than Oregon.
Eric Williams Jr. and L.J Figueroa each scored 14 points for Oregon.
The Ducks are scheduled to play at Stanford Thursday and at California Saturday as part of a furious finish to the regular season as Oregon tries to make up games postponed because of COVID-19 protocols.
• The Ducks have added home makeup games on Monday, March 1 against Arizona and Wednesday, March 3 against UCLA.
Oregon State has scheduled a makeup game at Utah for Wednesday, March 3.
As a result of those additions, the Oregon at Oregon State men's basketball game will now take place Sunday, March 7.
Times for each of the rescheduled games are to be announced.
Goodman garner's national award — Oregon State senior Aleah Goodman was named the ESPNW national player of the week. The La Salle High grad had 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in Sunday's win over No. 8 UCLA. That followed a 17-point, four assist, four rebound performance that included a three-quarter-court shot in a Feb. 19 win at USC. It is the second time Goodman has won the national player of the week honor during her OSU career.
Goodman also was named Pac-12 women's basketball player of the week.
Oregon State's Talia von Oelhoffen was named Pac-12 freshman of the week after scoring 32 points during the Beavers sweep of the L.A. schools.
Shough to Texas Tech — In a social media post Monday, former Oregon quarterback Tyler Shough announced he is transferring to Texas Tech.
"Let's go to. work. I'll be continuing my athletic career and obtaining a Masters at Texas Tech. #GunsUp"
Shough completed 63.5% of his passes as the Ducks starter in 2020. He threw for 1,550 yards and 13 touchdowns with six interceptions. He will be a redshirt sophomore with three years of eligibility remaining.
Shough announced on Feb. 12 he was entering the transfer portal.
New OSU running backs coach — Oregon State football coach Jonathan Smith has hired AJ Steward to coach the Beavers' running backs. Steward was the running backs coach at Arizona, following two seasons in the same position at BYU. He played receiver and tight end at Kansas.
Mariners' CEO resigns — After a video surfaced Sunday of Kevin Mather making disparaging remarks about Mariners' players during a meeting with a Bellevue, Washington Rotary Club in early February, Mather resigned Monday as the president and CEO of the Seattle Mariners.
A question for Mariners' fans: Does the bigotry expressed in Mather's comments reflect a deeper problem within the organization?
The club and MLB both quickly issued statements condemning Mather's comments.
John Stanton, the M's chairman and managing partner, issued this statement:
"Like all of you, I was extremely disappointed when I learned of Kevin Mather's comments. His comments were inappropriate and do not represent our organization's feelings about our players, staff and fans.
"There is no excuse for what he said, and I won't try to make one. I offer my sincere apology on behalf of the club and my partners to our players and fans. We must be, and do, better. We have a lot of work to do to make amends, and that work is underway."
The Mariners. open Cactus League play on Sunday, Feb. 28 against San Diego.
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