No. 7 UCLA pulls away in the 2nd half to beat Oregon-Orange County Register
EUGENE, Ore. — Jaime Jaquez Jr. had 25 points and 12 rebounds and the No. 7 UCLA won in Eugene for the first time since 2019 with a 70-63 win over Oregon on Saturday night.
UCLA (21-4, 12-2 Pac-12) has won four straight after losing a pair to Arizona and rivals USC in late January. Those are the Bruins’ only two conference losses.
UCLA tops the Pac-12 standings ahead of No. 4 Arizona, which fell 88-79 earlier in the day at Stanford.
Jaquez dived to put the Bruins 66-48 with just over five minutes left, but Keeshawn Barthelemy hit a 3-pointer with 3:15 left to close the gap to 66-54. Tyger Campbell responded with a 3-pointer for the Bruins.
Quincy Guerrier’s 3-pointer put Oregon within 69-63 by 17 seconds, but the Ducks couldn’t catch up.
Jermaine Couisnard had 19 points for the Ducks (15-11, 9-6) who won the last three against UCLA in Eugene.
The loss put the Ducks on a two-game winning streak, who still have hopes for an NCAA tournament spot. The Ducks beat visiting USC 78-60 on Thursday.
UCLA earned a 62-47 win at Oregon State on Thursday, led by freshman guard Amari Bailey with 24 points.
Bailey appeared to have injured his right foot or ankle late in the first half against the Ducks and hobbled straight to the locker room but returned to start the second half.
Oregon took an early 8-0 lead after a dunk by N’Faly Dante that got the home crowd on their feet. But the Bruins closed the gap and took a 12-10 lead after two Jaquez free throws.
Barthelemy’s 3-pointer at 5:52 in the first half gave the Ducks a 25-21 lead and they extended it to 31-23 on Rivaldo Soare’s layup. The Bruins closed out the half with a 7-2 run to reduce the deficit to 33:30 at the break.
Tyger Campbell’s layup gave UCLA a 34-33 lead early in the second half as the Bruins started a 15-4 run. Jaquez hit consecutive 3-pointers to give UCLA a 53-41 lead midway through the half as the Ducks went cold.
UCLA: UCLA downed Oregon 65-56 in December. … The Bruins have limited opponents to under 70 points four times this season … The Bruins have won more than 20 games for the third straight season. … It was Jaquez’ seventh career double-double with at least 20 points.
Oregon: Will Richardson has played in 141 games for the Ducks, four fewer than the school record. …Nike designer Tinker Hatfield, the company’s vice president of design and special projects, was in attendance.
UCLA: The Bruins host Stanford on Thursday.
Oregon: The Ducks visit Washington on Wednesday.
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