Rapid Reaction: Oregon 76, UCLA 67

January, 19, 2013
1/19/13
7:07
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LOS ANGELES -- The No. 21 Oregon Ducks pulled away late and defeated the No. 24 UCLA Bruins 76-67 on Saturday to maintain a share of first place in the Pac-12 at Pauley Pavilion. It was the first matchup between ranked Pac-12 teams since 2009.

Here's a quick breakdown:

How it happened: In a game that had been back and forth the entire way, Oregon went on an 8-0 run and opened a 70-61 lead with just more than a minute to play, then made 6 of 9 free throws down the stretch to hang on and end UCLA's 10-game win streak. It was the seventh consecutive victory for the Ducks (16-2, 5-0 Pac-12).

Neither team led by more than six points through the first 36 minutes of the game, but the Bruins -- using a seven-man rotation -- clearly tired in the waning minutes. UCLA (15-4, 5-1) led 46-41, then went on a scoreless stretch of 5 minutes, 17 seconds. Oregon led 49-46 with 11:22 to play and did not relinquish the lead after that.

UCLA trailed 32-28 with 5:42 left in the first half but held Oregon to only two field goals the rest of the half. One of those was a 3-pointer by E.J. Singler at the halftime buzzer that cut a 40-34 UCLA lead -- the biggest of the game for the Bruins – to three points as the team retired to the locker rooms.

Tony Woods led Oregon with 18 points and Dominic Artis had 14. Travis Wear had 17 for UCLA and Norman Powell added 11. Shabazz Muhammad, benched to start the game because he was late for practice on Friday, had 10 points. Kyle Anderson notched his sixth double-double of the season, with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Player of the game: Woods scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half, including dunks on back-to-back possessions that gave the Ducks a 70-61 lead with 1:07 to play.

Stat of the game: UCLA, the conference leader in field goal percentage at 47.7 percent entering the game, shot only 37.9 percent in the second half. (The Bruins shot 55.2 percent in the first half.)

What it means: Oregon, with victories over Arizona and UCLA, is now the early favorite to win the Pac-12 title. UCLA must rebound at Arizona and Arizona State next week to remain in the conference title race.

What’s next: UCLA heads to Tucson for a 6 p.m. showdown with the No. 7 Arizona Wildcats on Thursday. Oregon has a Wednesday home game against the Washington State Cougars.

Peter Yoon

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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