Love Makes Himself at Home vs. Oregon
Jan. 24, 2008
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Freshman Kevin Love returned to his home state and had 26 points and 18 rebounds to lead No. 8 UCLA to an 80-75 victory over Oregon on Thursday night.
The Ducks (12-7, 3-4 Pac-10) led by as many as seven points in the second half, but the Bruins (17-2, 5-1) kept coming back. After Bryce Taylor's 3-pointer put Oregon ahead 69-64 with 4:38 to play, Russell Westbrook answered with a 3-pointer for UCLA.
Maarty Leunen made two free throws for Oregon before UCLA's Nikola Dragovic hit a 3-pointer to pull within 71-70, and the Bruins retook the lead on a layup by Westbrook.
Darren Collison made two free throws, extending UCLA's lead to 74-71 with 1:04 left and the Ducks were unable to catch up.
Collison had a career-high 22 points for the Bruins, who were coming off a 72-63 home loss to Southern California.
Malik Hairston led the Ducks with 18 points, but he went to the locker room for about seven minutes in the second half with an apparent injury before returning to the court. Leunen had 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Last season, Oregon handed then-No. 1 UCLA its first loss of the season, 68-66 in Eugene.