Saturday , Jan , 06 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

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.

The last time UCLA visited McArthur Court as the nation’s top-ranked team it
also left with a loss, as Oregon pulled off a 56-51 upset on February 16,

The Bruins made 8-of-23 three-point tries, including 7-of-14 in the second
half after an abysmal opening 20 minutes, but every time UCLA rallied the
Ducks responded.

UCLA was just 1-of-9 from three-point range in the first half, but hit its
first two shots from beyond the arc to start the second half and two free
throws by Collison pulled the Bruins within 40-38.

Oregon had an answer and scored the next five points to keep UCLA at arm’s
length. The Ducks’ lead reached nine at 53-44 on a layup by Brooks midway
through the second half.

Russell Westbrook hit a pair of free throws to cap a string of seven straight
UCLA points to make it a two-point game, but Tajuan Porter drilled a three and
Chamberlain Oguchi added a three-point play to again keep Oregon comfortably
in front.

Two free throws by Taylor gave the Ducks a 64-55 lead, but UCLA again rallied
with six straight points. A three-pointer by Afflalo pulled the Bruins within
three and they had a couple of chances to make it closer but turned the ball
over and missed a shot in the lane on their next two trips.

The Bruins committed 17 turnovers but held a 35-22 rebounding advantage.

UCLA led 8-5 early, but Oregon rattled off seven straight points to take the
lead and never trailed again. Taylor scored five during the run and the Ducks
eventually opened an eight-point cushion at 20-12.

The Bruins quickly answered with five straight before Oregon again built an
eight-point edge at 25-17. A layup by Shipp drew UCLA within 27-23 with 5 1/2
minutes left in the half.

It was still a four-point game at 33-29, but Oregon closed the half with a 7-1
run. A three-pointer by Leunen ignited the spurt before a steal by Brooks led
to a dunk by Taylor. Brooks added a jumper in the closing seconds to send the
Ducks into the break with a 40-30 edge.

Brooks did not miss a shot in the opening 20 minutes, drilling each of his
five from the field and all six free throws for 16 points. Leunen added 13 in
the first half for Oregon, which shot a blistering 70 percent and missed only
six of its 20 attempts from the floor.

Shipp led UCLA with nine points. The Bruins shot just 36 percent, as Afflalo
missed each of his five shots — all from three-point range — and backcourt
mate Collison went 0-for-4 and had only one point.

Game Notes

Oregon finished 19-of-21 from the free throw line and shot 47.8 percent from
the field…Collison finished the game with 11 points, as did Taylor for
Oregon…The Ducks had only five players reach the scoring column and received
zero points from the bench.