Las Vegas, NV – One of the more anticipated match-ups started the evening quarterfinal session of the 2014 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament – the Oregon Ducks against the UCLA Bruins. The two teams battled evenly as they split two regular season games. UCLA won by two in Eugene, then Oregon returned the favor by topping the Bruins in double overtime in Los Angeles in a game in which Bruins starters Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson missed due to suspensions.
Oregon came into the game with an eight-game winning streak while the Bruins come off a disturbing 18-point loss at Washington State. UCLA (24-8) took control of the game with a 20-2 run from the last part of the first into the second half, outscored Oregon 45-28 in the second half and coasted to an 82-63 win. Adams led five Bruins in double-figures with 15 points.
The teams battled evenly once again through the first half. UCLA had an early six-point lead (13-7) while the Ducks had a 35-31 lead with 1:50 left in the half. UCLA charged back and took a 37-35 halftime lead on a transition dunk by Anderson. Joseph Young led Oregon with 14 points on 3-of-5 three-pointers. Travis Wear made both his shots from long distance and led the Bruins with eight points. The stats were very even with the teams combining for 19 turnovers, both shooting over 50 percent, and each squad grabbing 15 rebounds.
UCLA came out strong at the start of the second half scoring six straight points, making it a 12-0 run, and took a 43-35 lead on an 18-footer from Travis Wear (14 points). David Wear (11 points) hit a three to extend the lead to 11 (48-37) which was followed by an Adams jumper (50-37) and a free throw by Anderson (51-37). That extended the UCLA run to 20-2. Young (29 points) tried to keep the Ducks in the game but the Bruins were extremely efficient offensively in the second half and didn’t let Oregon make a serious run. UCLA shot 57.7 percent from the field in the half and hit 50 percent (8-of-16) of their three-pointers in the game compared to Oregon’s 35.5 percent second half shooting and 8-of-26 three-point shooting for the game.
Anderson played an efficient game for the Bruins with 14 points, eight rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks. Zach Levine added 14 points off the bench hitting three three-pointers. Young was the only Duck in double-figures. Oregon committed 17 turnovers against only nine assists. UCLA had 18 assists and 14 turnovers. The Bruins had a +5 advantage on the boards.
Without much of an inside offense Oregon (23-9) needs to hit their outside shots and play solid defense to have a decent chance to win against good competition. That didn’t happen tonight. The Ducks still figure to be an 8 or 9-seed in the NCAA Tournament. UCLA goes on to play the Arizona State-Stanford winner in the semifinals tomorrow night.
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