UCLA falls to Oregon after rough second half

EUGENE – The UCLA men’s basketball team has had more false starts this season than a football team starting five freshmen on the offensive line.
Case in point: the Bruins’ woeful opening in their three-point loss at Oregon State on Thursday, when the Beavers jumped to an 7-0 lead.
On Saturday, UCLA stormed out of the gate, leading Oregon by nine less than five minutes in the game before taking a 13-point into halftime.
The only problem?
In college basketball there are two starts, and the Bruins could not recharge.
The Ducks went on a 15-2 run to open the second half and pulled away from UCLA with some clutch free-throw shooting to ruin the Bruins’ trip to the Beaver State with a 75-68 win in front of 10,830 at Matthew Knight Arena.
“It’s pretty devastating right now to lose after you have a 13-point lead going into the second half,” senior guard Jerime Anderson said. “That’s where we need to become a better team and grow as a team and be able to come out on top and get this win. We were spotted 13 points in 20 minutes and we weren’t able to come out with it.”
Anderson’s foul of Oregon guard Garrett Sim during a 3-point attempt spurred the Ducks early in the half and had the crowd building on the frenzy caused during a halftime ceremony celebrating the school’s Rose Bowl-winning football team. Sim hit the free throw to make it a seven-point game, followed less than a minute later with another 3-pointer, and by the time UCLA stopped to breathe, the Ducks had tied the game at 39. Oregon took its first lead with 7 minutes, 47 seconds left in the game and led for the duration.
“When they had their roll going, the crowd definitely – I don’t know if it factored in for us, but for them their intensity level definitely went up,” said sophomore forward Travis Wear, who led the team with 17 points. We could sense it. Unfortunately we couldn’t stop it right away. They got a couple buckets and kept rolling.”
Exactly what UCLA did so right in the first half, it did wrong in the second.
After forcing the Ducks into 22.6 percent shooting for the first 20 minutes with improved energy and sound defensive rotations, the Bruins wilted in the second half under the face of Oregon’s pressure. The Ducks shot 50 percent in the second half, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range, as E.J. Singler took control.
Singler, who had a career-high 24 points in the teams’ previous matchup in last season’s Pac-10 Tournament – a 17-point Oregon win – topped his previous best with 26 points, capitalizing on frequent trips to the free-throw line.
Singler hit 16-of-17 free throws and the Ducks converted 28-of-32 as a team, while UCLA tightened up at the line, making just 10-of-21.
“They really got it to Singler in some of his sweet spots on the floor,” Anderson said. “He was able to work them very well. He shot 17 free throws today and we just didn’t have an answer for him in the second half.”
After the pivotal two-game trip left them at 3-4 in Pac-12 play, the Bruins continue to search for answers.
“Obviously this was a huge setback,” Anderson said. “We’re 3-4 now. I’ll let those numbers speak for themselves.”

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  • Anonymous

    Anderson, your play speaks for itself and you’re part of the problem.

  • 40ouncezipper

    josh smith is going to be howlands nail in the coffin. he continues to use josh smith even though he is a defensive liability and the only offensive game he has is bullying over his defender. you would think after a promising freshman year he would have some new offensive moves. howland continues to try and get him in shape during games which is costing his teams wins. howland has 1 more year with his recruiting class coming in and hoping kyle anderson is the next magic johnson.

  • Anonymous

    How could you fail to mention the astounding failure of Howland to see the relative contributions of Josh Smith and Anthony Stover in this game? Stover was an awesome force in building the first half 13 pt lead. Of course, Howland goes with TWear/JSmith to start the second half and the Bruins are absolutely shredded by Oregon. At about 13 min in, Howland finally brings back Stover whose presence gets the Bruins back to a 6 pt lead – so what happens, Howland gives the game back to J Smith who subs in and continues his poor performance. The lead disappears and Oregon goes on to victory. Singler was beating some tired defenders to the hoop, but he can thank Ben Howland that Stover wasn’t in as the last line of Bruin defense.

  • INawe

    Unfortunately I believe we are seeing the end of Howland. It seems that the best years of Ben ball are behind him. Its his own fault regardless of lots of “busts” on the recruiting trail with bad apples and a willingness to play seniority over talent. If he doesn’t get fired by the end of the year the pressure is going to get even hotter on Guerrero’s already scorching seat. UCLA basketball is never allowed to be just mediocre.

  • Anonymous

    Play more man on man defense, it’s working really well. Your players may not be good enough to pull it off, but know is not the time to change philosophy, specially if you continue to get beat with it.

  • Big Fall-off

    @ INawe, you are right, man!

    Look at the drop off in talent, and head cases drafted since Big Ben came on board:

    ‘03Trevor Ariza 4-S – NBA since 2004-05

    ’04 Josh Shipp 4-S 0 – Oft injured, playing in Europe
    ’04 Lorenzo Mata-Real 4-S – No NBA exp, playing in Mexico
    ’04 Jordan Farmar 5-S – NBA since 2006-07
    ’04 Arron Afflalo 4-S – NBA since 2007-08

    ’05 Alfred Aboya 4S No NBA exp, playing in France
    ’05 Mike Roll 4S – No NBA exp, no pro career after UCLA
    ’05 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute 3-S – NBA since 2008-09
    ’05 Ryan Wright 4S – No NBA exp
    ’05 Darren Collison 4S – NBA since 2009-10

    ‘06 Nikola Dragovic NR – No NBA exp, playing in Europe
    ’06 Russell Westbrook 4S– NBA since 2008-09
    ’06 James Keefe – 4S – Surgery as SR, No NBA exp

    ’07 Kevin Love 5S – NBA since 2008-09
    ’07 Chace Stanback 4S – trans as Frosh to UNLV, potential NBA experience

    ’08 J’mison Morgan 5S – Dismissed, Redshirting at Baylor
    ’08 Jrue Holiday 5S – NBA since 2009-10
    ’08 Drew Gordon 4S – trans as Soph to UofNM, potential NBA
    ’08 Malcolm Lee – NBA since 2011-12
    ’08 Jerime Anderson 4S – Current Bruin
    ’08 Tyler Trapani – NR – Current Bruin
    ’08 Matt DeMarcus – NR – Current Bruin
    ’08 Larry Drew III 4S – Redshirt Bruin (trans from NC)

    ‘09 Anthony Stover 4S – Current Bruin
    ’09 Tyler Honeycutt 5S – NBA since 2011-12
    ’09 Brendan Lane 4S – Current Bruin
    ’09 Reeves Nelson 3S – Dismissed from team ‘11
    ’09 Travis Wear 4S – Current Bruin (trans from NC)
    ’09 David Wear 4S – Current Bruin (trans from NC)
    ’09 Kenny Jones NR – Current Bruin

    ’10 Matt Carlino 3S – Transferred to BYU ‘10
    ’10 Lazeric Jones 2S/JC – Current Bruin
    ’10 Josh Smith 4S – Current Bruin
    ’10 Tyler Lamb 4S – Current Bruin

    ’11 De’End Parker – NR/JC – left team ‘12
    ’11 Norman Powell 4S – Current Bruin
    ’11 Khalid McCaskill NR – Current Bruin
    ’11 David Brown NR – Current Bruin
    ’11 Nick Kazemi NR – Current Bruin

  • post move

    Playing Smith over Stover in most situations is just crazy. What were the plus/minus Stats for these two during Saturday’s game? Smith is HORRIBLE.Watching him play is like watching a 45 year old has-been trying to play with D-1 college. No speed, no quickness, no lift, no energy, no hope. What a disappointment!!!!