Oregon ends UCLA’s undefeated run
Eugene, OR (Sports Network) – Aaron Brooks hit a jumper with 13.9 seconds
remaining for Oregon and Josh Shipp missed a contested three-pointer at the
other end just before time expired, as the 16th-ranked Ducks held on for a
68-66 victory over No. 1 and previously-unbeaten UCLA at McArthur Court.
Brooks finished with 25 points and Maarty Leunen added 18 for Oregon (14-1,
2-1 Pac-10), which bounced back nicely from its first loss of the season — an
84-82 setback to Southern California on Thursday.
Shipp and Arron Afflalo each scored 14 points for UCLA (14-1, 3-1), which was
coming off a 71-56 rout of Oregon State on Thursday. The Bruins trailed for
most of the contest, but nearly pulled it out late.
Leunen hit two free throws with 1:27 left to extend the Oregon lead to 66-61,
but Darren Collison made 2-of-3 free throws to draw the Bruins within three.
After Bryce Taylor missed a three-pointer for Oregon, Collison drained a shot
from beyond the arc to tie it for UCLA with 20 seconds to play.
Without calling a timeout, Brooks dribbled up the right side and calmly
drilled a baseline jumper for the go-ahead basket.
Collison then brought the ball up the floor for UCLA and penetrated the lane
before kicking it out to the left wing for Shipp, whose pump-fake could not
completely shake Leunen. Shipp then took an off-balance shot that missed badly
and the rebound fell to the floor as time expired.