UCLA can’t get late stops in 86-72 loss at Oregon

After scoring just one basket in the first half at Oregon, UCLA’s Isaac Hamilton made his second at just the right time.

The junior drilled a 3-pointer with 12:20 on the game clock, one that cut the Bruins’ deficit to just three points. They had trailed by as many as 12 points just two minutes earlier, but the first Pac-12 road sweep of the Steve Alford era looked within reach.

But, as Alford had complained earlier this week, UCLA just couldn’t get a stop. Pulling away for an 86-72 win at Matthew Knight Arena, the Ducks closed out the game by shooting 12 of 19 from the field, including four of seven from beyond the arc. Key to the effort was 6-foot-10 forward Chris Boucher, the JUCO transfer playing his first season in Eugene.

Named the NJCAA Division I Player of the Year after averaging 22.5 points at Wyoming’s Northwest College last season, the Montreal native buried the Bruins (12-8, 3-4), scoring eight of his 18 points in the final four minutes.

Boucher and fellow forwards Elgin Cook and Dillon Brooks combined for 60 points on 51.1 percent shooting, as well as 22 rebounds. UCLA was outrebounded for the third time by a Pac-12 opponent, giving up a season-worst 42-32 margin on the glass.

The Bruins also didn’t get much out of their primary scorers. Hamilton and point guard Bryce Alford, who collectively averaged more than 33 points per game entering the weekend, mustered just seven before halftime. Both ended the game with 10 points apiece, but only made three of their 13 shots inside the arc.

Meanwhile, freshman Aaron Holiday had arguably the best game of his career, scoring a season-high 19 points to lead the team. He scored eight points in the first 7:02 of the second half, becoming the catalyst in UCLA’s comeback effort. The four-star recruit has improved his shooting tremendously in the past several weeks. After averaging 38.8 percent from the field in nonconference play, he is converting 48.6 against Pac-12 opponents.

Holiday also chipped in five rebounds and five assists at Oregon, and didn’t miss on six free throw attempts.

  • 88 Straight

    UCLA not only didn’t get late stops, they didn’t get early stops or mid game stops. There seem to be two extreme camps on the Bryce Alford question, but Doug Gottlieb summed it up pretty well today who called out both Bryce Alford and Tony Parker for not defending.

    Bryce simply does not defend and does not make an attempt to defend. And, he is allowed to play that way by the head coach who chooses to play him more minutes than any other player on the team and take more shots than any other player on the team, all while shooting the lowest percentage of any starter. Those are facts.

    • JustOwns

      Parker should be benched permanently.

      • Gordo Albondigas

        Perhaps you are right, Mr. Owns. Do you find it disturbing that LA Daily News employees (Got Roy 22) is stalking message board commenters?

        Go cats!

        • JustOwns

          I don’t mind 22 except when he goes off about right wing politics.

          • Tim Smith

            would you rather he discuss left wing politics? holy cow!

          • JustOwns

            No politics period Timmy.

          • USC Rah Rah’s Rule

            Says Jane Fonda’s #1 fan……

          • gotroy22

            Ditto for you on your love of Obama.

        • gotroy22

          I find it disturbing that Golly-Nerd has 12 different sock puppets all devoted to stalking Scott Wolf. But on the other hand Golly-Nerd is simply precious in his devotion to Star Wars Wookie costume contests, going 0-270 .

      • Nicholas Le Mero

        Tony Parker is unreliable with his bad hands which always (although he has Improved) reacts
        a split second late to his brain command. Secondly TP does not attempt controlled hook shots, he just throw them like hot potatoes without looking at the basket. Why did they not go after Conor Clifford the 7 foot center from Huntington Beach who plays
        for WSU. I was very impressed with his coordinated confident hook shots form motion . Otherwise
        recruit guys who have played soccer which give you those needed coordinate foot work in basketball!

  • j metaphor

    My entire team of mental health professionals has officially recommended I not watch any more games involving Tony Parker.

  • jim

    Very surprising. I always thought Alford was a great coach. It’s true that this is a young team but he has veterans(Alford, Parker and Hamilton and even Welsh). You’d think that they would be playing better than they are.

  • UCLA Dynasty

    We stink. Alfred couldn’t coach water to be wet. Lavin 2.0

    • Jethro G Sabbath

      This is probably a good time to change your screen name.

      • UCLA Dynasty

        Troll

        • Jethro G Sabbath

          Takes one to know one

          • gotroy22

            You know antisemitism, Kurt Waldheim Jr.

      • gotroy22

        Why don’t you change yours to Kurt Waldheim Jr?

  • EncinitasBruin

    Alvin? Perhaps. Especially if we lose to Tulsa, Princeton, Texas Tech, or Detroit in the first round. Oy.

  • EncinitasBruin

    On another note: was in a fun discussion with the Trojan fans on Wolfie yesterday about how USC has never produced a QB who has played in the Super Bowl. With the Cardinal’s meltdown against Carolina, the drought continues into its 51st year. Fairly wild stat, if you think about it!

    • Jethro G Sabbath

      Pete Beathard did get mop up duty in the first Super Bowl.

      • USC Rah Rah’s Rule

        And last that I checked, there are 21 other positions on the field, other than the QB position….and USC has been represented in 45 of the 50 Super Bowls played, including this years…. Three Trojans (Lynn Swann in 1976, Marcus Allen in 1984 and Malcolm Smith in 2014) have been the Super Bowl MVP….oh, well…..We will just have to live with this QB drought, for now

        • EncinitasBruin

          Never a question in my mind about the profusion of SC players who have made great impacts in Super Bowls. The whole thread on Wolf started with folks engaging in pre-game talk before last week’s Carolina-Arizona game, and how Palmer would be the first SC QB to ever start in a Super Bowl if the Cards won.

          • USC Rah Rah’s Rule

            Which was initiated by Just Clowns, as usual…..are we having fun yet?

    • gotroy22

      So no USC QB has started for a Super Bowl team is more accurate?

      • EncinitasBruin

        You are correct, sir. Pete Beathard for the Chiefs went 1-5 at the end of a 35-10 blow out to the Packers in the ’67 Super Bowl I. So you CAN say that an SC QB has completed a pass in a Super Bowl game.

  • KW

    Nice stat line, Caillou.

  • jameskatt

    It is hard to expect much from UCLA Mens’ Basketball nor would I want to invest much emotion in the game until UCLA has a good defense. So relax, kick back, and just enjoy the company you are with.

  • Xtracrazy32

    What Dan Guerrero needs to do is get a committee together of ex-players, and find next years coach! Steve Alford, who isn’t a bad coach, but is a horrible fit at ucla. From the moment he got here, he has always seemed completely depressed. Ucla needs someone who wants to be here!

    • gotroy22

      Then all those blue chips Alford has lined up switch to USC- perfect!

      • Xtracrazy32

        You’re joking right! Ucla basketball recruits itself. Alford’s failure has been recruiting. There are so many blue chip basketball players in California, and Alford has underachieved in getting them. Where would you rather live, Westwood of Tucson? Enough said!