Oregon wins fifth straight with an 86-72 win over UCLA

Dillon Brooks was hot but it was Chris Boucher’s eight points in the last three minutes that gave Oregon (16-4, 5-2) an 86-72 win over UCLA (12-8, 3-4)  on Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena. Brooks finished the day scoring 25 points while Boucher added 18 and Elgin Cook at 17.

“He’s aggressive offensively," described Dana Altman of Brooks' play. "Sometimes that gets him in trouble but he’s always looking. He’s trying to make plays. He had three assists, one turnover, so I like that.”

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Oregon held a 41-31 lead at halftime and looked like they would run away with the game but UCLA’s scored 10 of his 19 points in the second half to keep the Bruins with range of the freewheeling Ducks. While Brooks hit 14 in the first half and 11 in the second, Boucher was a force in the second stanza with 14 including the critical eight points at the end of the game.

Cook also was solid contributor in the second half with nine points including some thunderous slam dunks that seemed to enliven the arena as well as his team mates.

For the game, Oregon shot 48.6 percent from the field on 34-of-70 shooting including 10-of-28 in 3-pointers. UCLA was 27-of-62 (43.5 percent) from the field including going 7-of-14 beyond the 3-point line.

“I like to score," remarked Altman of the game. "If the ball is going in the hole it’s a lot more fun.  But still, you’ve got to guard and rebound. Most plays we were 10-plus on the boards. I think I’m most pleased that we out rebounded them by 10."

Despite an apparent size advantage for the Bruins, the Ducks actually controlled the rebounding 42-32. Aiding in Oregon’s defensive effort, the Ducks had a 7-2 advantage in blocked shots. Boucher had four of those blocked shots to go along with his 10 rebounds. Both teams had few miscues handling the ball with Oregon having seven turnovers to UCLA’s nine.

While Oregon had the three players (Brooks, Boucher and Cook) in double figure scoring, UCLA had a total five in double figures led by Holiday, then Thomas Welch with 16 while Tony Parker scored 11, plus Issac Hamilton and Bryce Alford with 10.

Alford and Hamilton are usually the top two Bruin scorers were held in check today by a swarming Oregon zone defense, and Alford in particular was bothered by the defense of Casey Benson.

“I thought Casey played really hard today," said Altman of Benson's game. "I thought he got through screens, I thought he kept a hand on the ball.”

Up next for the Ducks is Arizona on Thursday night in a n ESPN2 starting 6 p.m.

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