Bruins Blast Ducks to Keep Conference Title Hopes Alive

March 7, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Josh Shipp scored a career-high 28 points, Darren Collison added 19 and No. 20 UCLA defeated Oregon 94-68 on Saturday to keep alive the Bruins' chance for a share of their fourth straight Pac-10 title.

The Bruins (24-7, 13-5) had to wait for the result of No. 16 Washington's game later Saturday against Washington State. If Washington State won, UCLA would tie Washington for first place and get the No. 1 seed in next week's Pac-10 tournament.

If the Huskies win, they would earn their first outright title since 1953 and the Bruins would be the No. 2 seed.

Freshman Drew Wiley matched his career high with 18 points, including a career-best six 3-pointers, for the last-place Ducks (8-22, 2-16), who ended up with the same number of league victories as last season and ensured a second straight losing season. They will be the No. 10 seed in the Pac-10 tourney.

Shipp saved his two best performances for his final two games at Pauley Pavilion.

The senior, who scored 27 points in Thursday's rout of Oregon State, topped himself Saturday in his 130th start, passing Earl Watson for most in school history. Shipp scored 15 of UCLA's 21 points during a 7-minute stretch in the second half before leaving with 3:42 remaining.

Alfred Aboya and Nikola Dragovic both had 10 points for the Bruins, who topped 90 points for the second time in the Pac-10 this season and won their fourth straight.

Collison, Shipp and Aboya comprise the winningest senior class in UCLA's storied history, and after a slow start they notched victory No. 121 against the Ducks.

Oregon hit 12 3-pointers, tying their season best, but just three of those came in the second half. That's when UCLA gained its first double-digit lead of the game, and eventually pulled away.

The Ducks closed to 55-51 on a 3-pointer by Matthew Humphrey before the Bruins ran off 12 straight points to take a 67-51 lead. Collison had five in a row and Shipp hit one of his four 3-pointers.

Collison and Aboya combined for 14 of UCLA's first 18 points of the game.

The Ducks led most of the first half, three times going up by five, the last on Wiley's fourth 3-pointer of the half.

But the Bruins rallied with a 15-3 run to end the half. Shipp scored nine points, including a 3-pointer from the left corner that beat the buzzer and sent them into halftime leading 47-40.

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