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Bruins Force Overtime but Fall to Ducks, 84-81

Jan 13, 2022
Jaylen Clark

LOS ANGELES – UCLA scored six points in the final 36 seconds of regulation to send the game to overtime, but Oregon outlasted the third-ranked Bruins in the extra period, winning 84-81.

Ducks guard Jacob Young shot 11-18 from the field and led the Ducks with 23 points, including six in the overtime period. Johnny Juzang also had 23 points, along with nine rebounds, to pace the Bruins.

It was Jaylen Clark's defense that brought UCLA to the overtime period. With the Bruins down six at 0:44 after a pair of free throws by Will Richardson, Juzang drew a shooting foul and made both shots. Clark, who had just entered the game after the second make, made a steal on the inbound to regain possession and then grabbed the offensive rebound on a missed three. Tyger Campbell was eventually fouled and made both free throws to close to within two with 21 seconds remaining.

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After the inbound play, Clark again made another steal, intercepting a pass underneath the basket and laying it up and in to tie with 16 seconds left on the clock. Richardson missed a three-point attempt to win in regulation.

The teams traded baskets in overtime, with Oregon taking a slight edge 81-79 at the 2:30 mark on a jumper by Young. After a pair of missed free throws by Jaime Jaquez Jr. with 47 seconds left, Young followed with a jumper to extend the lead to four. A Myles Johnson second-chance layup with 11 seconds left got UCLA to within two, and the Bruins fouled Richardson on the inbound. Richardson made one of two shots, giving UCLA an opening to tie once again. Juzang had a look at a tying three-pointer but missed. Although the Bruins got the rebound, Jules Bernard missed on an off-balance attempt at the buzzer, giving the Ducks the win.

After trailing 35-30 at halftime, the Ducks (10-6, 3-2 in the Pac-12) knocked down their first five shots of the second half and charged out to a 15-2 run and their largest lead of the game at 46-37. Four of those buckets were 3-pointers: two from the hand of Eric Williams Jr. and one each from Richardson and Young.

A 7-0 UCLA run trimmed Oregon's lead to just two points, and the Bruins (10-2, 2-1) regained the lead, 51-50, on a three-pointer by Campbell. That lead was short-lived, however, as the Ducks took a 55-53 lead on a De'Vion Harmon three-pointer and never trailed after that.

UCLA and Oregon swapped hot and cold shooting streaks from the field throughout the first period. After opening the first three minutes of the game without a field goal, the Bruins strung together a 12-0 run kickstarted by Juzang and Bernard rattling home back-to-back 3-pointers to take an 8-6 lead.

Jaquez Jr. recorded his first points of the game two possessions later by getting an Oregon defender to bite on a pump fake and driving home for a monstrous two-handed slam. A Peyton Watson turnaround jumper in the paint and two more points on a goaltended layup by Juzang completed the run to put UCLA up 14-6 at the 14:03 mark.

The Bruins proceeded to make only three of their next 15 shot attempts, allowing the Ducks to recapture the lead at 24-21. UCLA's defense shut down Oregon for the next seven and a half minutes, keeping the Ducks from scoring a field goal until 39 seconds remaining the first half.

The loss was UCLA's first at home in 2021-22, as well as its first in conference play.

UCLA will return to action against Oregon State on Saturday, Jan. 15. Game time in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom is 7:30 p.m. (PT), and the contest will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.