By Steve Dilbeck

The Associated Press

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Oregon at UCLA

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

LOS ANGELES — It was a rare sighting Thursday, snow falling along the Los Angeles foothills. In downtown there was a much more common occurrence — Bennie Boatwright knocking down 3s.

The USC senior scored 20 points, all but two coming from beyond the 3-point line, to lead the Trojans to a 66-49 victory over Oregon.

“Bennie really killed us,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “Him shooting the ball was the difference. Those six 3s really gave them separation.”

Boatwright has been particularly hot of late from beyond the arc. In his last five games, he has made 24 of 39 3-pointers (61.5 percent).

“Bennie is shooting as well as he has in his career,” USC coach Andy Enfield said. “His all-around game is good. He’s feeling it. To beat Oregon, you need players to step up like that. It was fun to watch.”

Center Nick Rakocevic added 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting, and like Boatwright, had six rebounds.

The Trojans (8-6 Pac-12, 15-12 overall) held the Ducks (6-7, 15-11) to 33.3 percent shooting.

The Ducks never could crack USC’s zone defense, going long stretches where they struggled to find the basket. Oregon went 1 for 12 in one stretch in the second half when the Trojans pushed their lead to 16 points (60-44).

The Ducks went just 4 of 21 from the 3-point line.

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