Bruins Battle Hard, Fall To Ducks In Overtime
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES - Luke Jackson scored 27 points and Ian Crosswhite hadeight of his 22 points in overtime as No. 22 Oregon held off spirited UCLA96-91 to hand the Bruins their seventh straight loss, their longest skid in 57years.
The Ducks (15-4, 5-3 Pac-10) won their first conference road game after twolosses and they own a three-game winning streak over the Bruins for the firsttime since 1976-77. Oregon, which swept UCLA last season, has won five straightoverall.
The Bruins (4-12, 2-6) played their most competitive game of the season atPauley Pavilion but weren't able to snap their longest losing streak sincedropping seven straight in the 1945-46 season.
They blew a chance to win in regulation when Ryan Walcott tossed up awide-open airball.
UCLA led 91-89 in overtime when Jason Kapono's shot bounced off the rim.Crosswhite completed a three-point play to give Oregon the lead for good,92-91. Walcott fouled Luke Ridnour, who made both for a 94-91 lead with 27seconds left.
Dijon Thompson turned the ball over to Ridnour, who again got fouled byWalcott. Ridnour made both for 96-91 lead with nine seconds left. CedricBozeman's shot bounced off the rim and Kapono missed as time expired.
James Davis added 15 points, including five 3-pointers, and Ridnour had 11points. Jackson came off the bench and played with tape on his right hand aftercutting his ring finger against Washington on Jan. 23. He missed one game.
Kapono led UCLA with 21 points. Thompson added 19 points, Bozeman 17 andfreshmen Ryan Hollins and Michael Fey had 11 points each. Hollins also had 11rebounds and seven blocked shots in his second start of the season.
For the first time in weeks, the crowd of 9,008 cheered the Bruinsthroughout and got on its feet in the final minutes. The Bruins have heardmostly boos and jeering from fans unimpressed by their lethargy on defense.
Davis opened the second half by hitting his fourth 3-pointer to give Oregonits largest lead of 10 points. The Bruins whittled their deficit to 49-47 withinside baskets by Bozeman, Kapono and T.J. Cummings.
After that, neither team led by more than four points in regulation.
Jackson scored three consecutive baskets, including a falling down jumperand a one-handed scoop shot, to give Oregon a 74-73 lead with 5:05 remaining.Thompson scored on a fastbreak slam dunk and then hit UCLA's first 3-pointer ofthe second half for a 78-74 lead.
Davis answered with his fifth 3-pointer to get the Ducks within one. Jacksonscored off a backdoor cut to put Oregon ahead 79-78 with 3:30 left.
Jackson missed a free throw, then Ridnour put up an airball. The Bruinsmissed on two straight possessions before Ridnour's bad pass was picked off byKapono. He got fouled and made both free throws as UCLA led 80-79 with 1:15left.
Crosswhite scored inside and Oregon led 81-80 with 50 seconds to go. Hollinsgot fouled, missed the first free throw and made the second to tie it at 81.
Ridnour had the ball knocked away by Bozeman. Ridnour stumbled, fell and gotthe ball back but the shot clock expired with 4.2 seconds left. Walcott'sairball forced overtime.
Despite the loss, the Bruins discovered Hollins to be the post presencethey've lacked all season. He replaced Andre Patterson, who didn't play becauseof a sprained left ankle.
The Bruins overcame their season-long shooting woes to hit 45 percent in thefirst half when they led by 11 points. Oregon rallied and hit eight 3-pointers,including three by Davis, to erase the deficit and take a 42-35 halftime lead.