EUGENE, Ore. - Travis Wear scored the game-winning basket with 5.3 seconds to play, leading UCLA past Oregon, 70-68, at Matthew Knight Arena in a Pac-12 game on Thursday evening.
Coming out of an inbounds pass with eight seconds remaining in regulation, Adams was stripped of the basketball before Wear grabbed the loose ball and put up a shot to give the Bruins a 70-68 cushion. The Ducks drove the length of the court in the final 5.3 seconds, but the jump shot by Oregon’s Johnathan Loyd was blocked by UCLA’s Kyle Anderson.
UCLA (17-4, 6-2 Pac-12) registered its fifth win in its last six games, maintaining sole possession of second place in the Pac-12 Conference.
Oregon (14-6, 2-6) had erased a 10-point deficit in the game’s final seven minutes. Trailing 62-52 with 7:18 to play, the host Ducks took a 66-65 lead with 1:36 to play. Anderson missed a free throw for UCLA, and Tony Parker missed a put-back layup before fouling out. Oregon’s Richard Amardi made a pair of free throws with 1:14 remaining to push the Ducks ahead, 68-65.
On the Bruins’ ensuing possession, Adams was fouled while making a layup, and he converted on the free throw attempt to tie the game, 68-68, with 57 seconds left in regulation.
UCLA trailed at halftime by a 36-32 margin before quickly erasing its deficit in the opening minutes of the second half. The Bruins tied the game, 36-36, with 17:52 to play. After Oregon took a 38-36 lead, UCLA used a 7-0 scoring run to secure a 45-38 cushion at the 14:13 mark.
Powell helped key UCLA’s success in the second half, scoring 14 of his 17 points after halftime. Adams finished with 14 of his team-leading 19 points in the second half.
Joseph Young had 25 points for Oregon, which was coming off a 71-44 victory over Washington State that snapped a five-game losing streak, the team’s longest since 2011. The string of losses stopped a 13-game winning streak that had Oregon ranked as high as No. 10 in the rankings.
The Bruins were coming off a 76-64 victory at home over California last Sunday.
UCLA and Oregon entered Thursday night’s contest as the Pac-12 Conference’s top two scoring teams, with Oregon averaging 85.9 and UCLA averaging 84.3.
Loyd played after having surgery on Wednesday to repair a broken nose he sustained in practice on Tuesday. He wore a face mask against the Bruins.