No. 17 UCLA Wins on Road Against Oregon, 56-49

Jan. 27, 2006

Box Score

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - With their shooting off, Jordan Farmar and UCLA turned to their defense to create offense.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Farmar added 14 points and a pair of key steals late in the game, and No. 17 UCLA beat Oregon 56-49 on Thursday night.

The Bruins (16-4, 6-2 Pac-10) outscored the Ducks 11-4 in the final 3:54 after the game was tied 45-all. The victory moved UCLA into sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 after Washington lost at California earlier Thursday night.

"Our defense kept us in the game when we really had an inability to score," UCLA coach Ben Howland said. "When you go on the road you've got to be able to rely on your defense."

Arron Afflalo added 12 points for the Bruins. Brandon Lincoln and Ivan Johnson each scored 10 to lead Oregon (10-9, 4-3), which didn't make a field goal in the final 7:51 and hit only one in the last 12:18.

The Bruins overcame a horrid start to the second half, during which they turned the ball over eight times and shot 3-of-10 from the field in the first 13:36.

Meanwhile, Oregon erased a 30-25 halftime deficit to take a 42-37 lead on a 3-pointer by Lincoln with 7:52 to go - its last field goal of the game.

UCLA took advantage, going on an 8-0 run capped by a tip-in by Mbah a Moute with 4:51 to play.

Johnson hit three of four free throws to tie the score at 45, but Farmar got steals on consecutive possessions and the Bruins capitalized with four points for a 49-45 lead.

"I thought Jordan did a great job late in the game," Howland said. "My expectation is for Jordan to be aggressive and look to go to the basket, but he made some great plays on the defensive end."

The teams swapped the lead 13 times in the first half before UCLA went on a 12-4 run in the final 2:17 to go into the break up 30-25. Farmar and Michael Roll hit 3-pointers during that stretch, and Mbah a Moute scored four points on a layup off a steal and then a putback of a missed free throw by Farmar.

"We just waited out their runs," Farmar said. "We played smart. We got to the foul line a lot and got some easy layups."

The Ducks struggled shooting in the first half as well. They missed on all six 3-point attempts and shot just 35 percent from the field overall.

They finished the game shooting 32 percent and were 3-of-17 on 3-pointers.

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

The Bruins finished at 41 percent.

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