Duck drop home game to UCLA

The Oregon Ducks (10-10, 4-3 Pac-10) played well enough for most of game on Thursday night against the UCLA Bruins (16-4, 6-2) but it was the last few minutes that proved costly in a 56-49 Oregon loss. Only two Ducks scored in double figures at McArthur Court on the Oregon campus. Brandon Lincoln and Ivan Johnson both scored 10 points, while UCLA's Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was the game's high point man with 15.

(PHOTO) Oregon's Malik Hairston (1) is closely guarded by UCLA's Jordan Farmar, left, and Aaron Afflalo during the final seconds of a college basketball game in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006. UCLA beat Oregon 56-49. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

The Ducks struggled from the field again on Thursday shooting 32.2 percent on 19-for-59 including and ice cold 3-for-17 in 3-point shooting. The Ducks did give themselves second chance by picking up 17 offensive rebounds, but failed to make a field goal in a seven minute stretch and then added to their problems with a couple of costly turnovers.

"This was a frustrating game because we played so great defensively but couldn't get our shots to fall," said Oregon head coach Ernie Kent. "We had some great looks, but the shots just weren't going down."

UCLA shot slightly better at 41.3 percent (19-46) field goals and were 14-for-21 from the free throw line while the Ducks were cold at 8-for-15 in free throws.

The Bruins also did a tremendous defensive job on Oregon's Malik Hairston. The talented Oregon sophomore was held to just six points on 3-for-8 shooting, missing both his 3-point shots and both free throws.

"They did a great job on defense too," observed Kent of UCLA. "Malik (Hairston) was shut out in the second half by their defense."

The Ducks will be back in action on Saturday against USC.

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