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Bryce Alford scored a career-high 31 points for UCLA (photo by Scott Chandler)
UCLA Comeback Falls Short in Double Overtime Against Oregon
By: UCLA Athletics

LOS ANGELES - David Wear hit a long three-pointer to beat the buzzer and send the game into overtime, but after two extra periods, Oregon outlasted a short-handed UCLA, 87-83, on Thursday evening.

Bryce Alford led all players with a career-high 31 points for UCLA (21-7, 10-5 Pac-12), connecting on 7 of 17 shots, while adding six assists in a career-high 49 minutes.

Joseph Young scored 26 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in the second overtime, for the Ducks (19-8, 7-8), who registered their fourth consecutive victory.

The Bruins made an impressive comeback late in the game, playing without sophomores Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams, who were both serving team-issued one-game suspensions. UCLA trailed by as many as 15 points early in the second half and by seven points, 65-58, with 1:01 to play in regulation. Alford scored five straight points on a pair of free throw and a 3-pointer to trim Oregon’s lead to 65-63 with 33 seconds remaining.

A pair of free throws each by Young and Mike Moser pushed Oregon’s cushion to six points with 23 ticks left on the clock. Zach LaVine, who finished with 18 points, hit a quick layup, and Alford hit another 3-pointer with six seconds left to pull to within one, 69-68.

A turnover by Oregon gave UCLA possession, but LaVine missed a deep jump shot. After being fouled with 1.3 seconds remaining, Young hit two foul shots to increase the Ducks’ lead to 71-68.

Travis Wear inbounded the ball after the last free throw, throwing the length of the court to twin brother David Wear, who nailed a long 3-point basket at the buzzer to force overtime.

Each team scored just two points in the first overtime session, sending a 73-73 tie to the second overtime period.

UCLA scored the first two points of the second overtime, but fell behind on a 3-pointer by Young with 2:31 to play. The Bruins were never able to tie the game from that point.

Alford (31 points), LaVine (18 points) and Norman Powell (14 points) each scored in double figures for UCLA. Alford became UCLA's first freshman to score at least 30 points in a game since Don MacLean tallied 41 points against North Texas on Dec. 30, 1988.

Four UCLA players each logged at least 40 minutes, with Alford and LaVine each playing 49 and 48 minutes, respectively.

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