No. 1 Bruins Drop First Game of Season at No. 16 Ducks

Jan. 6, 2007

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Aaron Brooks scored 25 points, including the game-winning jumper with 13 seconds left, and No. 16 Oregon handed No. 1 UCLA its first loss of the season, 68-66 on Saturday.

Darren Collison hit a 3-pointer to bring the Bruins (14-1, 3-1 Pac-10) into a 66-66 tie. Brooks, who had 31 points on Thursday night when the Ducks (14-1, 2-1) lost for the first time this season, hit the baseline jumper to give Oregon the lead.

UCLA worked the ball around over the final seconds and instead of going toward the basket for a chance at tying it, Josh Shipp's 3-point attempt at the buzzer was shot was short, setting off a celebration on McArthur Court.

Oregon beat UCLA when it was ranked No. 1 in 1974, when current Ducks coach Ernie Kent was a player.

Oregon, which lost 84-82 to Southern California on Thursday, led 40-30 at halftime.

The Bruins had not opened 15-0 since 1972-73, when they went 30-0 and won the national championship.

Shipp and Arron Afflalo both finished with 14 points for the Bruins, while Collison had 11.

Maarty Luenen had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Ducks.

The last time the Bruins visited McArthur Court as the nation's top-ranked team was Feb. 16, 1974. The Ducks stunned UCLA 56-51 in that game, earning the cover of Sports Illustrated. That upset also followed an Oregon loss to the Trojans.

The Bruins, who had won four straight against the Ducks, were coming off a 71-56 victory over Oregon State on Thursday.

As UCLA struggled with its outside shooting - the Bruins were 1-for-9 from 3-point range in the first half - Bryce Taylor had a dunk and a 10-foot jumper to give the Ducks the 40-30 halftime lead. Oregon shot 70 percent from the field (14-for-20) in the first half, while the Bruins shot 36.4 percent (12-for-33).

Afflalo, UCLA's top scorer, missed all five of his shots in the first half, but his 3-pointer made it 40-36 early in the second half.

Oregon took a 53-44 lead midway through the second half on a layup by Brooks.

The Bruins closed within 64-61 on Afflalo's 3-pointer with 2:49 left. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute missed a key shot for the Bruins with 1:28 left, and the game was halted momentarily when someone in the building pulled a fire alarm.

The Ducks were without forward Malik Hairston, who was averaging 13.4 points and 6.2 rebounds, because of a heel injury. Hairston dressed, but did not play.

Among those who attended the sellout game were Nike founder Phil Knight, an Oregon alum, and former Ducks quarterback Joey Harrington, now with the Miami Dolphins.

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