In their first game of the Pac-12 Tournament, the #2 UCLA Bruins beat the #7 Oregon Ducks 82-63. This not only snaps Oregon’s 8-game win streak, but possibly ends Oregon’s chances for the NCAA tournament. For the Bruins, this takes them one step further into tournament season as Steve Alford gets his first post-season win as UCLA’s head coach. An impressive win, at that.
After a ridiculous loss to Washington State in their last game, UCLA needed to step up their play. The first half was not indicative of that as the Bruins came out unprepared for Oregon. UCLA had a clear height advantage to start as they were doing well on the boards, but speed was an ally of the Ducks and were often too much for the Bruins at times.
At the half, it was a pretty even game.
@Oregonmbb shooting 54% – UCLA shooting 55% in the first half. HALFTIME SCORE UCLA leads Oregon 37-35
— Oregon Duck FB News (@DuckFBNews) March 14, 2014
That was history. The second half was a different story.
UCLA, although not consistent, has been known to make some effective second half adjustments. They started the half on a 16-4 run. Oregon never recovered.
Every Bruin had a piece of the action tonight.
Kyle Anderson had a 11 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. He did not score his first basket until the end of the first half.
Zach LaVine came alive in this game, sinking 3-of-6 three pointers on his way to 14 points.
Travis Wear hit some key baskets from behind the arc to go 2-for-2, totaling 14 points. David Wear also got into the action with 11 points.
And what about Jordan Adams who scored a team-high 15 points?
For Adams, it was sweet revenge as the last time he was on the Pac-12 Tournament court in Las Vegas, he broke his foot in the final moments of the semi-final game. That injury kept him out of the Championship game in which they Bruins lost to Oregon.
The Bruins now wait to see who they take on in the semi-finals between Stanford and Arizona State.