Ducks Lose To UCLA, 98-88

Jan. 27, 2001

AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES - Matt Barnes scored a career-high 26 points and sparkedUCLA's second-half comeback as the Bruins beat Oregon 98-88 on Saturday.

The Bruins (12-5) climbed into a tie for second place in the Pac-10 withArizona at 6-1, while keeping Oregon (11-6, 2-5) winless at Pauley Pavilionsince 1984.

Earl Watson added 20 points and seven assists, Jason Kapono had 18 pointsand Dan Gadzuric 15 points for the Bruins, who've won 10 of their last 12.

UCLA stepped up its full-court defense in the second half against thesecond-highest scoring team in the conference. The pressure rattled the Ducksinto turnovers and missed shots while clearly boosting UCLA's confidence.

Trailing by 10, the Bruins used a 35-17 run to take a 77-65 lead. Barnes had10 points in the spurt, including a dunk off his own steal at midcourt.

Having removed the wrap on his sore right wrist that hindered his first-halfshooting, Kapono came alive with 11 points, including eight straight that endedwith a 3-pointer off Watson's steal.

Oregon, which has lost 17 straight on UCLA's home court, contended with foultrouble during the Bruins' scoring burst.

The Ducks had three players foul out, including centers Flo Hartenstein andChris Christoffersen, who had a career-high 15 points and seven rebounds.Despite the absence of their big men, the Ducks controlled the boards, 40-33.

Oregon's Bryan Bracey, the Pac-10's leading scorer with a 19.3 average,wasn't a factor after picking up his third foul with 15:16 remaining. He didn'treturn until there was two minutes left and finished with 20 points.

UCLA's effort to get back into the game and take a commanding lead seemed towear out the Bruins. That allowed the Ducks to rally briefly and cut theirdeficit to 82-77 with 4:33 remaining.

But Kapono answered with a 3-pointer, then Barnes scored four straight asthe Bruins pulled away.

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