Bruins Battle Hard, Fall To Ducks In Overtime

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AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES - Luke Jackson scored 27 points and Ian Crosswhite had eight of his 22 points in overtime as No. 22 Oregon held off spirited UCLA 96-91 to hand the Bruins their seventh straight loss, their longest skid in 57 years.

The Ducks (15-4, 5-3 Pac-10) won their first conference road game after two losses and they own a three-game winning streak over the Bruins for the first time since 1976-77. Oregon, which swept UCLA last season, has won five straight overall.

The Bruins (4-12, 2-6) played their most competitive game of the season at Pauley Pavilion but weren't able to snap their longest losing streak since dropping seven straight in the 1945-46 season.

They blew a chance to win in regulation when Ryan Walcott tossed up a wide-open airball.

UCLA led 91-89 in overtime when Jason Kapono's shot bounced off the rim. Crosswhite completed a three-point play to give Oregon the lead for good, 92-91. Walcott fouled Luke Ridnour, who made both for a 94-91 lead with 27 seconds left.

Dijon Thompson turned the ball over to Ridnour, who again got fouled by Walcott. Ridnour made both for 96-91 lead with nine seconds left. Cedric Bozeman's shot bounced off the rim and Kapono missed as time expired.

James Davis added 15 points, including five 3-pointers, and Ridnour had 11 points. Jackson came off the bench and played with tape on his right hand after cutting his ring finger against Washington on Jan. 23. He missed one game.

Kapono led UCLA with 21 points. Thompson added 19 points, Bozeman 17 and freshmen Ryan Hollins and Michael Fey had 11 points each. Hollins also had 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots in his second start of the season.

For the first time in weeks, the crowd of 9,008 cheered the Bruins throughout and got on its feet in the final minutes. The Bruins have heard mostly boos and jeering from fans unimpressed by their lethargy on defense.

Davis opened the second half by hitting his fourth 3-pointer to give Oregon its largest lead of 10 points. The Bruins whittled their deficit to 49-47 with inside baskets by Bozeman, Kapono and T.J. Cummings.

After that, neither team led by more than four points in regulation.

Jackson scored three consecutive baskets, including a falling down jumper and a one-handed scoop shot, to give Oregon a 74-73 lead with 5:05 remaining. Thompson scored on a fastbreak slam dunk and then hit UCLA's first 3-pointer of the second half for a 78-74 lead.

Davis answered with his fifth 3-pointer to get the Ducks within one. Jackson scored off a backdoor cut to put Oregon ahead 79-78 with 3:30 left.

Jackson missed a free throw, then Ridnour put up an airball. The Bruins missed on two straight possessions before Ridnour's bad pass was picked off by Kapono. He got fouled and made both free throws as UCLA led 80-79 with 1:15 left.

Crosswhite scored inside and Oregon led 81-80 with 50 seconds to go. Hollins got fouled, missed the first free throw and made the second to tie it at 81.

Ridnour had the ball knocked away by Bozeman. Ridnour stumbled, fell and got the ball back but the shot clock expired with 4.2 seconds left. Walcott's airball forced overtime.

Despite the loss, the Bruins discovered Hollins to be the post presence they've lacked all season. He replaced Andre Patterson, who didn't play because of a sprained left ankle.

The Bruins overcame their season-long shooting woes to hit 45 percent in the first half when they led by 11 points. Oregon rallied and hit eight 3-pointers, including three by Davis, to erase the deficit and take a 42-35 halftime lead.

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