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After keeping sixth place and a bye on the opening night of the Pac-10 tournament alive as a goal with three wins in its previous four games, Oregon now knows that it will play its first game in the league tournament at the Staples Center This article
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That was decided in about a 10-minute span of the second half on Sunday at Pauley Pavilion Edwin W. Pauley Pavilion, informally and commonly known as Pauley Pavilion, is an indoor arena located on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles, California. It is home to the UCLA Bruins men's and women's basketball teams. The men's and women's volleyball teams also play here. , when 19th-ranked UCLA UCLA University of California at Los Angeles
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UCLA University of Carrollton, TX and Lower Addison, TX throttled the Oregon offense on the way to a 70-53 victory that gave the Bruins sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 as 11,643 watched in person, along with a regional television audience.
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Oregon held the edge on the Bruins until its first 14 possessions of the second half resulted in six points. The Ducks were 2-of-10 from the field during that span, and also committed four turnovers. Even two of the four free throws they attempted bounced out.
From a 28-23 halftime lead, Oregon (7-10 in the Pac-10, 13-16 overall) found itself in a 46-34 deficit.
`They came out and closed down a lot of things,' Oregon's Aaron Brooks Aaron Brooks can refer to:
Rare as those were in the second half Sunday.
After shooting .542 in the opening 20 minutes, the Ducks shot .296 in the final 20. They were 2-of-11 on their three-pointers in the second half.
`I just didn't feel we had our legs as much as we needed to have them,' UO coach Ernie Kent Ernie Kent (Born January 22, 1955 in Rockford, Illinois) is the current head men's basketball coach at the University of Oregon. He has been the Ducks' coach since he replaced Jerry Green after Green left for University of Tennessee after the 1996-97 season. said. The Bruins, he added, `stepped up to another level energy-wise, and we did not step up there with them.'
With their defense controlling the Ducks so effectively, the Bruins (12-4, 22-6) also got their offense going. They ended up shooting .625 in the final 20 minutes, their second-best shooting in a half this season, bettered only by their .750 performance on Thursday against Oregon State.
`We've had two great second halves in a row,' UCLA coach Ben Howland Ben Howland (born May 28, 1957 in Lebanon, Oregon) is an American college head coach of men's basketball.
He has been the head coach of the University of California, Los Angeles since 2003, and recently signed a contract extension through 2013. said. `The defense keys your ability' to do that.
In their final two home games, the Bruins outscored OSU (Open Source UNIX) Refers to the Unix variants that are maintained as open source, which were primarily BSD Unix and Linux until Sun made its Solaris operating system open source in 2005. and the Ducks by a cumulative tally of 99-53 in the second half, including 47-25 on Sunday. From being seven ahead with under 10 seconds left in the first half, the Ducks went down by the widest margin since a 78-59 loss at Washington.
`We were just fantastic in the first half and expended ex·pend
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2. a lot of energy being fantastic,' Kent said. `That's some of the best defense we've played to take a good team like that and shut them down.'
`We played so hard defensively Thursday (in beating USC), we played so hard in the first half (against UCLA),' Kent said, that it wore his team out. `Our shots were coming up short. That tells you they were leg weary' in the second half.
While no UCLA players logged more than 15 minutes in the first half - partly because the Bruins altered their starting lineup For the line of action figures, see .
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Prior to arriving at the University of Oregon, he starred at Renaissance High School. and 17 for Chamberlain Oguchi Chamberlain Oguchi (born April 28, 1986 in Houston, Texas) is a Nigerian American college basketball player. A 6'5", 190 pound shooting guard at the University of Oregon, he is also a member of the Nigeria national basketball team. His nickname by friends and family is Champ. .
Hairston played another 18 minutes in the second half, when he was 1-of-8 from the field to finish 3-of-13. Oguchi also played 18 more minutes in the second half, when he missed his six shots to finish 3-of-12. Those two were also a combined 1-of-10 on three-point shots in the game.
The one Duck who didn't appear fatigued was Brooks, who was in for 39 minutes - including the entire second half - and led Oregon on scoring with 19 points on 7-of-13 from the field. He also had five assists and his third consecutive game without a turnover.
`He's had two back-to-back phenomenal games, to score like that and with no turnovers,' Kent said. `I thought he was great.'
About the only consistent offense Oregon showed in the second half was when Brooks scored 10 of his points and set up Brandon Lincoln for a dunk in a span of four minutes, but all that accomplished was bringing the Ducks from 12 behind to within 58-49.
`We just had to be more aggressive,' Brooks said. Against UCLA's defense, he added, `you've only got a second that you're going to be open,' so better to take what's there than have the defender shut it off.
For the first half and the first five minutes of the second half, the Ducks made it equally as difficult for the Bruins, mostly with a zone defense. But UCLA caught on to that, and drew even with the Ducks at 30-30 on a three-pointer by Michael Roll from the left corner. Roll then gave the Bruins the lead for good on the next possession with a three from the right corner.
`When Roll hit those threes, it changed the whole momentum of the game,' Brooks said.
That was all the scoring Roll did, but fellow reserves Luc Richard Mbah a Moute Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (born 9 September 1986 in Yaounde, Cameroon) is a 6' 8" Cameroonian basketball player who plays for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins in the Pacific Ten Conference of the NCAA. and Arron Afflalo Arron Agustin Afflalo (born October 15, 1985) is an American professional basketball player, currently with the Detroit Pistons. He recently completed a three-year career at University of California, Los Angeles in the Pacific Ten Conference of the NCAA as the starting shooting , taken out of the starting lineup to afford a couple of the seniors their chance to be on the court for the opening tip, each scored 14 points off the bench. Mbah a Moute also added a game-high 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season, the most ever by a UCLA freshman.
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Notes: The five assists for Aaron Brooks give him 312 for his career and moved him past Mike Drummond (309) for seventh on the Oregon all-time list. Brooks is only three behind Terrell Brandon Thomas Terrell Brandon (born May 20, 1970, in Portland, Oregon) is an American former professional basketball player in the NBA. He attended the University of Oregon and was selected 11th overall in the 1991 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. for sixth. The UO record is 614, held by Kenya Wilkins ... Oregon is now 12-3 in games it led at halftime ... The Ducks are 1-5 this season against teams ranked in the Top 25 at the time of the game ... Chamberlain Oguchi's eight rebounds led the Ducks and were a career high for the sophomore.
Key Stat: UCLA shot 62.5 percent (15-of-24) in the second half while the Ducks had a 29.6 shooting percentage (8-of-27).
Next: The Ducks play at Oregon State on Saturday at 5 p.m. The game will be televised live on the Beaver beaver, either of two large aquatic rodents, Castor fiber and Castor canadensis, known for their engineering feats. They were once widespread in N and central Eurasia except E Siberia, and in North America from the arctic tree line to the S United Sports Network (KVAL in the Eugene-Springfield area).
UCLA 70, Oregon 53
Mp Fg Ft R F A To S Tp
Hairston ... 37 3-13 0-0 3 4 4 1 0 6
Kent ... 30 3-5 0-2 6 3 0 3 2 6
Schafer ... 23 2-3 2-2 2 1 1 1 0 6
Brooks ... 39 7-13 2-3 4 3 5 0 0 19
Oguchi ... 35 3-12 3-4 8 2 2 3 2 10
Leunen ... 12 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Lincoln ... 14 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 2
Zahn ... 5 1-1 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 2
Johnson ... 5 1-2 0-0 1 3 0 1 0 2
Totals ... 200 21-51 7-11 26 17 12 12 4 53
Shooting: Field goals 41.2%, 3-point baskets - 4-15 (Brooks 3-5, Oguchi 1-6, Hairston 0-4). Team rebounds - 2. Team turnovers - 1. Blocked shots - 2 (Schafer, Oguchi).
Mp Fg Ft R F A To S Tp
Hollins ... 21 3-5 1-2 2 2 0 0 0 7
Bozeman ... 25 1-2 6-6 3 1 3 0 0 8
Fey ... 5 1-1 0-0 2 1 0 0 0 2
Farmar ... 30 4-10 2-3 5 1 5 2 0 11
Rubin ... 4 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Collison ... 13 1-5 0-0 0 1 2 1 0 2
Afflalo ... 30 5-8 3-3 3 1 2 1 0 14
DRobinson ... 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wright ... 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Aboya ... 19 3-5 0-0 4 3 0 2 1 6
Roll ... 14 2-3 0-0 0 2 0 1 0 6
Kim ... 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MbhMoute ... 30 5-6 4-4 10 1 1 3 1 14
NRobinson ... 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals ... 200 25-47 16-18 31 14 13 11 2 70
Shooting: Field goals 53.2%, 3-point baskets - 4-14 (Roll 2-3, Farmar 1-4, Afflalo 1-3, Collison 0-2, Bozeman 0-1, Rubin 0-1). Team rebounds - 2. Blocked shots - 3 (Hollins 2, Aboya).
Oregon ... 28 25 - 53
UCLA ... 23 47 - 70
Officials - Verne Harris, Randy McCall, Martin Cota.
Attendance - 11,463.
UCLA's Alfred Aboya lays the ball in over Oregon's Malik Hairston during the Bruins' dominating second half. UCLA beat the Ducks 70-53 to take over the Pac-10 lead. Francis Specker / The Associated Press Associated Press: see news agency.
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Cooperative news agency, the oldest and largest in the U.S. and long the largest in the world. Oregon's Malik Hairston goes up for a shot during the first half. Hairston was 1-for-8 from the field in the second half, when the Ducks shot 29.6 percent.