UCLA Wins Easily, Hands Oregon 69-57 Loss

The fifth-ranked UCLA Bruins (19-2, 8-2) soundly defeated the ninth-ranked Oregon Ducks 69-57 on Thursday evening at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. It was a dominant performance by the Bruins who had a double-digit lead for much of the game. The fierce UCLA defense held the high octane Duck attack in check, allowing just 57 points on 37 percent shooting from the field.

(PHOTO) Maarty Leunen #10 of the Oregon Ducks questions the referee in the game with the UCLA Bruins on February 1, 2007 at Pauley Pavillion in Los Angeles, California. UCLA won 69-57. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

UCLA came out focused and hungry to avenge their first loss of the season which came at the hands of Oregon in Eugene last month when the Bruins were ranked #1 in the nation.

UCLA opened the game with tremendous intensity at the defensive end of the floor and quickly led 15-6 as Oregon struggled to cope with the defensive pressure. At the midway mark of the first half, UCLA led 20-9 with all nine points for the Ducks coming from Bryce Taylor.

UCLA stretched their lead to as many as fifteen in the first half behind the play of All-American candidate Aaron Afflalo who led all scorers with 10 points at the break.

Aaron Brooks finally joined the party late in the first half hitting on three straight three point attempts in the last six minutes of the half to bring Oregon within 35-26 at halftime.

That would be as close as Oregon would get however. UCLA started the 2nd half with a 12-2 run, opening up their largest lead of the game at 47-28. It was the Bruin defense that instigated the run.

TaJuan Porter's driving attempt early in the 2nd half was blocked by Lorenzo Mata and resulted in a fast break jam by Josh Shipp. On the next trip down the floor, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute blocked an Oregon attempt which resulted in a dunk by Mata.

UCLA was in control for the rest of the night. Oregon did rally to trim the deficit to 60-51 on a rebound jam by Malik Hairston but could get no closer and never posed any serious threat.

UCLA's size advantage was significant as the Bruins outrebounded Oregon 32-28 for the game. Of the first 20 points scored in the paint by both teams, UCLA had an 18-2 advantage. UCLA also had eight blocked shots on the game to one for Oregon.

The win gives UCLA sole possession of first place in the Pac-10. The loss leaves Oregon (19-3, 7-3) in a 2nd place tie with USC and WSU.

Aaron Afflalo led UCLA with 17 points but the star of the game was Mbah a Moute who had 15 points, 12 rebounds, four steals, and four blocked shots. UCLA shot a blistering 57 percent from the field, hitting 28 of 49 attempts overall and eight of 14 three pointers.

Bryce Taylor led Oregon with 17 points on 6 of 13 shooting from the field. Brooks was the only other Duck in double figures with 14.

Notes: The win was the 16th consecutive home court victory for UCLA.

Oregon's next game is Saturday at 12:30 against USC and will be broadcast by OSN.

Oregon has allowed the opponent to shoot better than 50 percent from the field in all three losses this season.

Box Score from goducks.com

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