2014 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament second round: UCLA can't miss vs. Oregon
LAS VEGAS – In an interview that aired on the MGM Grand Garden Arena jumbotron before Thursday's Oregon-UCLA quarterfinal, Ducks coach Dana Altman said his goal was to win back-to-back Pac-12 Tournament championships. UCLA and its 56.6 shooting percentage on Thursday put an end to that thinking. The Bruins rode a scorching offensive night to an 82-63 win over the reigning champs.
Both teams came out of the gates blazing, and UCLA scored on its final six trips down the court to end the half with a 37-35 advantage. Kyle Anderson accounted for six of those points, including a roaring dunk that sent defender Richard Amardi to the court in a heap.
The Bruins extended their streak to start the second half, tacking on six unanswered points in the first two minutes to build their lead to 43-35. Over the next six minutes, an overall 18-4 Bruins scoring run put the game out of reach.
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“We’ve been pretty good most of the year coming out of halftimes, and tonight was no exception,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “I thought the big key all night was the way we guarded.”
Five UCLA players scored in double digits: Jordan Adams (15), Zach LaVine (14), Travis Wear (14), Kyle Anderson (11) and David Wear (11). Oregon’s Joseph Young finished with 29 points, including 14 in the first half, but had little offensive support. Mike Moser’s eight points were the next biggest contribution.
Friday’s semifinal against the winner of Arizona State/Stanford marks UCLA’s second appearance in a row in the third round of this tournament. Friday's 8:30 p.m. PT game will air on FOX Sports 1.
The loss snaps Oregon’s seven-game win streak, including a crushing victory over Oregon State Wednesday night in the first round of the tournament.