Jan 4, 2004
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES - Dijon Thompson and reserve Janou Rubin scored 13 points each and UCLA recovered after blowing most of a 22-point lead to beat Oregon 81-74 Sunday, ending a five-game losing streak against the Ducks.
The Bruins (6-3, 2-0 Pac-10) drastically improved their performance from the free throw line after Friday's 3-of-11 showing in a win over Oregon State.
They made 12-of-16 over the final 5:16 - when the Ducks got within six points after trailing by 22 early in the second half. The Bruins had just two baskets, dunks by freshman Trevor Ariza and Ryan Hollins, in the final five minutes.
Luke Jackson scored 28 points - one off his career high - for Oregon (6-3, 1-1), which eliminated the Bruins from the Pac-10 tournament last season in Steve Lavin's final game as coach.
Andre Joseph added 16 points for the Ducks, who were outrebounded 38-27. UCLA took away Oregon's inside game and held 6-foot-11 forward Ian Crosswhite to six points. He had 10 rebounds.
The Ducks' vaunted 3-point shooting also broke down. They were 7-of-25 from long-range after hitting 14 3-pointers in a win against Southern California on Friday. They came in shooting 45 percent from behind the arc, but were limited to 28 percent.
UCLA used a 28-6 run over the end of the first half and start of the second for its largest lead, 55-33. Seven different Bruins scored in the spurt that included nine straight points to open the second half.
The Ducks woke up on Jackson's three-point play that started a 12-4 run and got them to 59-45. UCLA, which shot 50 percent in the first half, started missing and Jackson and Joseph began dominating.
They combined to score 15 consecutive points and the Ducks trailed 65-56 with 7:13 remaining. Jordan Kent, the freshman son of coach Ernie Kent, dunked off a turnover and made one of two free throws after an intentional foul by Rubin.
The Bruins caught a break, though, when Crosswhite picked up his fourth foul before Oregon could score. Cummings hit both free throws, then Ariza scored four straight for a 72-63 lead with 2:56 left.
The Bruins broke open a close first half with a 19-6 run that gave them a 46-33 lead at the break. They made 9-of-10 free throws in the spurt, including four straight by Josiah Johnson. In Friday's win over Oregon State, UCLA made just 3-of-11 free throws.
The Ducks made just one field goal over the final 6:12 of the half.