Young’s presence not felt in tournament
Young took just eight shots in 23 minutes Saturday afternoon in USC’s lopsided 81-57 loss to Oregon in the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament championship game at Staples Center. He took just seven shots in Friday’s victory over Washington State, six of which came in the first half. “They were trying to contain me,” said Young, who had averaged 12.5 shots a game this season before the past two games. “My shot wasn’t going in, so I was hoping my teammates could get something going and was trying to get them the ball.” Maybe it was because Nick Young scored a game-high 26points in the overtime victory over Stanford on Thursday. Or, maybe it was because he was honored as first-team all-conference last week. Either way, Young’s name didn’t appear much in the boxscore the past couple of games. The largest championship-game margin of victory in Pac-10 tournament history was Arizona’s 93-67 win over Oregon State in the 1988 final. Also: Bryce Taylor’s 11-for-11 shooting night was a Pac-10 tournament record and was the best shooting performance USC had allowed all season. … Oregon freshman TaJuan Porter hit two more 3-pointers Saturday, giving him 95 on the season, a school record. [email protected] daillynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bush got tickets this time: Reggie Bush couldn’t score a sideline pass to the Rose Bowl a few months ago, but he landed a courtside seat Saturday. Asked if he flew in especially for this game, Bush said, “No. I live here. I’m a USC fan. Period.” USC’s not alone: With the game mostly out of hand in the second half, there wasn’t much to do but start thumbing through the tournament record books. Somewhat surprisingly, and much to the chagrin of CBS, it hasn’t been uncommon for Pac-10 tournament championship games to end in blowouts. Of the nine previous championship games, only two have been decided by less than 10points. The closest final in tournament history was the Ducks’ eight-point win over USC in 2003. The average margin of victory in the nine previous championship games was 14.4 points. After Saturday’s game, the average margin of victory jumped to 15.4 points.