Oregon Erases Big Deficit For 75-68 Win Over UCLA
EUGENE, Ore. (AP)E.J. Singler scored a career-high 26 points and Oregon rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to defeat UCLA 75-68 on Saturday.
Garrett Sim added 16 points for the Ducks (15-5, 6-2 Pac-12), including a pair of 3-pointers early in the second half to spark the comeback. Devoe Joseph had 10 for Oregon, which has won four straight conference games for the first time since winning six straight in 2007.
Singler scored 20 points in the second half and was 16 of 17 from the free-throw line overall, including 10 for 10 in the final 3:30. All told, the ducks made 28 of 32 free throws; UCLA made just 10 of 21.
Travis Wear led the Bruins (10-9, 3-4) with 17 points, Lazeric Jones added 14, and Jerime Anderson and David Wear had 10 apiece.
The Ducks shot just 23 percent from the floor in the first half and trailed 37-24 at the break. But Oregon opened the second half on a 15-2 run and tied the game at 39 on a put-back dunk by Tony Woods with 15:28 to play.
The Bruins regrouped and eventually rebuilt a 50-42 advantage with less than 10 minutes to play. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Joseph and Sim cut the Ducks’ deficit to 50-48.
Then Singler took over. The junior forward scored 10 of Oregon’s next 14 points, including a basket off a rebound that made it 52-50 with 7:45 remaining for the Ducks’ first lead of the game.
Johnathan Loyd put Oregon up for good with a 3-pointer that made it 55-52 with 6:49 to play.
The Ducks then secured the win from the free-throw line, making 13 of 15 attempts in the final 5:14, including 10 for 10 in the final minute.
It couldn’t have been a more dramatic turnaround for Oregon, which couldn’t do anything right in the first half. The Bruins dominated inside, getting eight points each from the Wears, twin brothers and 6-foot-10 forwards.
But Oregon shot 50 percent from the floor in the second half and outrebounded UCLA 21-11.