No. 12 UCLA Falls at Oregon, 68-63
EUGENE, Ore. – The No. 12-ranked UCLA men's basketball team lost at Oregon, 68-63, in a Pac-12 contest before a crowd of 8,950 at Matthew Knight Arena on Thursday night.
The Bruins (20-6, 12-5 Pac-12) erased a 13-point deficit midway through the second half against Oregon (18-10, 11-6 Pac-12), taking a 54-53 lead with under six minutes to play.
Oregon used a 6-0 scoring run over the game's next 90 seconds to push ahead by a 59-54 margin and never trailed the rest of the contest.
Tyger Campbell and Cody Riley each scored a team-leading 12 points for the Bruins. Jaime Jaquez Jr. added 10 points, five rebounds and three steals.
Oregon had four players who scored in double figures, led by De'Vion Harmon (17 points). Jacob Young finished with 14 points, while Will Richardson and Eric Williams Jr. tallied 11 points.
Oregon led throughout Thursday's game, claiming a 35-30 lead at halftime, before pushing the margin to as many as 13 points – at 48-35 – with 13:55 remaining in regulation.
The Bruins' second-half rally began with an old-fashioned 3-point play by Riley (at 13:38) and a layup by Jaquez Jr. (at 13:02).
Trailing 48-40, UCLA had a pair of defensive stops. Oregon got to the free throw line (making one of two attempts), before Jules Bernard made a jump shot to cut the Ducks' margin to 49-42.
The Bruins closed the gap to 53-49 on a layup by Peyton Watson before Jaquez Jr. got to the free throw line and hit a pair of free throws. On Oregon's next possession, Campbell stole the ball and raced the length of the court for a layup, slicing the Ducks' advantage to 53-52.
Jaquez Jr.'s layup with 5:27 remaining put the Bruins ahead, 54-53.
UCLA committed a foul on the next sequence, allowing the Ducks to get to the free throw line, where Richardson made a pair of free throw shots to put Oregon on top, 55-54.
Oregon scored the game's next four points and claimed a 59-54 advantage before Riley scored on a layup, reducing the Bruins' deficit to just 59-56.
The Ducks increased their cushion to seven points in the game's final two minutes. UCLA was unable to close the gap to any fewer than five points.
UCLA will return to action at Oregon State on Saturday, Feb. 26. Game time at Gill Coliseum is 1 p.m. (PT). The Bruins' game in Corvallis, Ore., will be nationally televised on CBS.