No. 19 UCLA Completes Season Sweep Of Oregon, 70-53

Feb. 26, 2006

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - UCLA finished up its home season with a victory and immediately started looking ahead to its next game, one that could decide the Pac-10 title.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 14 points 10 rebounds to lead the 19th-ranked Bruins to a 70-53 victory over Oregon on Sunday that left UCLA tied for first place in the Pac-10 with California.

The Bruins and Golden Bears meet Thursday night in Berkeley.

"That's the focus now. We're the two teams atop the Pac-10 right now, so it's definitely going to be a pivotal game for us," UCLA's Aaron Afflalo said. "A few days of tough practices are really going to benefit us."

UCLA's four seniors - Cedric Bozeman, Michael Fey, Ryan Hollins and Janou Rubin - all started in their final home game along with point guard Jordan Farmar. Afflalo and Mbah a Moute came off the bench for the first time this season.

Afflalo scored all of his 14 points in the final 11 1/2 minutes, and Farmar had 11 points for UCLA (22-6, 12-4 Pac-10).

The Bruins, vying for their first Pac-10 title since 1996-97, finished 13-3 at home - their best record at Pauley Pavilion since going 15-1 in 1998-99 under Steve Lavin.

Aaron Brooks scored 19 points for Oregon (13-16, 7-10) in the 100th meeting between the Bruins and Ducks. Bryce Taylor missed his fifth straight game because of a hyperextended right knee.

The Bruins trailed Oregon 28-23 at halftime, but UCLA's Michael Roll hit consecutive 3-pointers to put the Bruins ahead 33-30 early in the second half.

"Roll hit two big threes that hurt us," Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. "It was a tale of two halves. We played a fantastic first half that was some of the best defense we have played, but we didn't have the legs in the second half and didn't match their intensity. I think we were worn down a little bit."

UCLA extended the margin to 46-34 as Mbah a Moute capped an 11-2 run with a putback of Farmar's missed jumper with 9:23 to play.

The Ducks got no closer than nine points on a 3-pointer by Brooks with 3:39 remaining and were swept in the season series by UCLA for the second straight season.

"We had a sense of urgency and a feeling that we had to get it done," Farmar said. "In the locker room at halftime, we were kind of looking at each other and trying to find a way to get it going.

"When we went on that little run, it forced them to come out of that zone defense and be more aggressive. That created openings, and we were able to capitalize on that."

Brooks scored the first seven points of a 16-6 run that helped Oregon go up 28-21 with 17 seconds left in the half.

"In the first half I don't think we were being as aggressive," Farmar said. "But in the second half, we were more aggressive and got stops on defense, so they couldn't set that up. We got a lot of stuff in transition, and that helped us a lot. It all starts with our defense and our intensity."

The game was played in front of a crowd that included seven players from the Bruins' 1968 NCAA championship team, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lucius Allen, Lynn Shackelford and Hill Street Blues actor Michael Warren.

The Bruins have beaten the Ducks 76 times in their 100 meetings. Oregon has won only five times against UCLA at Los Angeles in 50 games.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Friday, Nov 13
vs. Monmouth
Los Angeles, CA
L, 81 - 84 (OT)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 67
Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
W, 77 - 75
Tuesday, Nov 24
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
L, 73 - 92
Wednesday, Nov 25
vs. Wake Forest
Lahaina, HI
L, 77 - 80
Sunday, Nov 29
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 77 - 45
Thursday, Dec 03
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 77
Sunday, Dec 06
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 76
Saturday, Dec 12
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
W, 71 - 66
Tuesday, Dec 15
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
W, 89 - 80
Saturday, Dec 19
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
L, 76 - 89
Tuesday, Dec 22
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 67 - 53
Friday, Jan 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 93 - 96 (2OT)
Sunday, Jan 03
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
L, 78 - 85
Thursday, Jan 07
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 84
Saturday, Jan 09
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 74
Wednesday, Jan 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 75 - 89
Wednesday, Jan 20
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
W, 82 - 73
Saturday, Jan 23
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 72 - 86
Thursday, Jan 28
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
L, 84 - 86
Saturday, Jan 30
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 50
Thursday, Feb 04
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 61 - 80
Friday, Feb 12 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Feb 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 25 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 1:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Wednesday, Mar 02 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Mar 09 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Thursday, Mar 10 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Friday, Mar 11 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Friday, Mar 11 - 8:30 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, Mar 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Tuesday, Mar 15 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Four
Dayton, OH
Thursday, Mar 17 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Round
TBA
Saturday, Mar 19 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
TBA
Thursday, Mar 24 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
TBA
Saturday, Mar 26 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
TBA
Saturday, Apr 02 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Houston, TX
Monday, Apr 04 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Houston, TX
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