UCLA holds off Ducks in back-and-forth road thriller

Oregon pressured Kyle Anderson all night, and it resulted in the UCLA point guard tying a season-low in points. What the Ducks couldn’t do was limit his contributions elsewhere.

Anderson hit just one field goal in the Bruins’ 70-68 road win, but made several key plays late in a game that see-sawed wildly for 40 minutes. With under a minute left, the sophomore cut down the right side of the lane, drawing an extra defender before dishing the ball to a wide-open Jordan Adams.

The shooting guard hit the layup and drew the foul, tying the game at 68 on the ensuing free throw. When Anderson front-rimmed a jumper on the next possession down, Adams quickly reached out to force a held ball — giving UCLA one more chance with 8.5 seconds left.

Adams lost the ball on a baseline drive, but it bounced right to forward Travis Wear for the go-ahead jumper.

With 5.3 seconds left, Oregon point guard Johnathan Loyd — playing with a face mask to protect a broken nose — streaked down the length of the court. As the 5-foot-8 senior tossed up a shot attempt, Anderson stretched out for a game-clinching block.

The 6-foot-9 Anderson finished with six points, 10 assists, two rebounds, two steals and a block, but was forced into a career-high nine turnovers. That mark was also an individual record at Matthew Knight Arena. Guarded by the diminutive Loyd for most the first half and by switching defenders in the second, he never found a groove offensively.

There to fill the void were Adams and junior Norman Powell, who scored 19 and 17 points, respectively. Of their 36 combined points, 28 came in the second half. Adams scored eight straight at one point, keying a 10-0 run midway through the second half. Powell highlighted his game with a filthy dunk on Richard Amardi.

After shooting 39.1 percent in the first half, the Bruins finished 45.1 percent from the field.

Powell also helped limit Oregon guard Joseph Young, who scored a game-high 25 points but only had four through the first 17 minutes of the second half. Young broke the drought a 3-point play that brought the Ducks back to within two points.

Not long afterward, Jason Calliste drilled a 3-pointer, capping a 12-0 run that put Oregon up 66-65 with 1:40 to go. Forward Richard Amardi hit two more free throws, but Adams took over after that to pull UCLA ahead.

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  • 92104bruinfan

    Great tough win last night on national TV. Bruins seem to be getting better week by week. Hopefully a 4 or 5 seed is realistic come Selection Sunday. While AZ is certainly top shelf this year, it’s not as if the Pac is loaded with chumps. ESPN’s Bracketology has 7 Pac 12 conference teams projected to get in which is tops among all conferences. That number may come down a bit but still impressive nonetheless. Go Bruins!

    • drakejr

      I’m not a fan of Alford, but I must admit that the team is improving during the course of the season.

    • Joseph B. Lowe

      It was a great win. But PLEASE get rid of Walton. It’s annoying hearing his mush mouth when you’re trying to watch great basketball.

      • drakejr

        Cotton mouth. Pot heads get cotton mouth. geeze, don’t you know anything about basketball?

  • The EDGE

    Regardless of his stats Tony Parker had some good moments. Promising…

  • ProbationU

    Mr. Wang…how about some coverage of the big recruiting weekend going on with our football team this weekend? Are you going to start posting more than 1 story every day or so? We have 3 big recruits visiting from Louisiana and there just happened to be an LSU coach on the same flight to LA sitting next to the kids. Any news on that? Any news on anything?

    Scott Wolf may not be the best reporter in the world, but at least he posts stuff on the SC blog. Would be nice to see more stuff posted here. Your predecessors managed to do that. Sorry this isn’t Inside Cal…but the Bears aren’t paying you and they aren’t that interesting.

    • Marv Elapes

      At least Jack doesn’t impersonate trolls to get more attention. Who knows what else Wolf impersonates, a police officer, a teacher, a woman, who knows.

      • ProbationU

        At least he posts something. If Wang posted more, we might have a more “equal” troll expression on the sites.

        • Bruin 34

          I’m with you ProbU. But it ain’t gonna happen. I like Jack overall but I’m pretty certain now that he has no inside sources regarding UCLA and if he does he doesn’t care to share it. Dohn was the best to ever run this blog. Damn I miss him. At least I have BRO! Lol.

      • WEB_Dupree

        A reporter, even?

    • LTEfan

      Read the recruiting news at Bruin Nation, but don’t read or respond to the comments. They censor the comments they don’t like and then wonder why their forum has the reputation of intolerance to differing points of view.

  • Joseph B. Lowe

    Jack, you are the best. Wolf is HORRIBLE. Keep up the great work.

    • Bruin 34

      At least Wolf gives you guys some recruiting info. Sad!

      • Joseph B. Lowe

        Why can’t we have a “happy medium”?

        I agree, not much meat here. But Wolf is an a _ o l _.

        • Bruin 34

          At least he gives you updates. It has been like a ghost town here with regards to football since the season ended. Appauling actually!

          • Joseph B. Lowe

            Agree.

          • EncinitasBruin

            Football recruiting news? What’s that?

          • Bruin 34

            Lol. Maybe we should ask Dohn.

  • Cliff Sakata

    When does football season start? Can’t stand Alford.

  • EncinitasBruin

    My only question is at 17-4, why aren’t we ranked? Yeah, I know, “rankings don’t mean anything,” etc. But in BB, they do play into NCAA tourney seeding… Teams that have equal or worse records than the Bruins in the top 25:
    7. Kansas – 15-4
    11. Kentucky – 15-4
    12. Iowa – 15-4
    14. Mich – 15-4
    16. Duke – 16-4 (okay, they beat us… still)
    22. Memphis – 15-4
    23. Ohio St – 16-4
    25. Oklahoma – 16-4

    • ProbationU

      We aren’t ranked because we have not beaten any decent teams. Very weak schedule to date.

      • EncinitasBruin

        That’s true–other than #21 Colorado.