Ducks Win Streak Ends with 72-63 Loss

The Oregon Ducks stumbled at UCLA on Saturday, losing 72-64 to the Bruins in a pivotal Pac-12 Conference match up. The Bruins controlled the boards and had a strong performance by Norman Powell to help match the Ducks conference record at 8-5 heading into the last two weeks of the regular season. Overall, UCLA is 16-10 while the Ducks are 18-8.

(PHOTO) Oregon Ducks forward Dwayne Benjamin (0) shoots against UCLA Bruins guard Norman Powell (4) during the game at Pauley Pavilion. Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA relied on Norman Powell (23 points) but had big help from Kevon Looney (18 points and 11 rebounds). Tony Parker chipped in nine points and also had seven boards.

Oregon was led by Jalil Abdul-Bassit, who hit seven 3-pointers and finished with 24 points. Joseph Young had 18 and Elgin Cook 12.

The game was an evenly matched affair for most of the contest with UCLA initially taking a 10-2 lead in the early minutes but the Ducks came storming back behind Abdul-Bassit's hot hand. The game see-sawed back and forth until the first half ended with UCLA holding a 1-point lead at 41-40.

In the second half though, the Bruins managed to get control of the game and deny Oregon second-shot opportunities, and on offense Powell took advantage of his strength and speed to score baskets on drives to the basket.

UCLA's defense and inside scoring was reflected by the field goal percentages as the Bruins finished shooting 51.1 percent on 24-47 shooting and were 7-of-16 in 3-point shooting. Oregon shot 39.3 percent on 22-of-56 shooting including 11-of-27 three-point shots. UCLA also had a distinct edge in free throws, hitting 17-of-21 attempts while the Ducks were good on 8-of-14.

UCLA out rebounded Oregon 37-24 including 27 defensive boards to Oregon's eight. UCLA also had five blocked shots to aid its cause.

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