Oregon Upsets UCLA

Men's basketball falls, 97-81.

Feb. 5, 1998

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Terik Brown scored 17 of his career-high 22 points in the second half and Oregon had its best long-range game all season in a 97-81 upset of sixth-ranked UCLA 97-81 Thursday night.

Trailing 63-62 with 7:04 to play, the Ducks made six straight 3-pointers - including three from Brown - over the next 4 1/2 minutes to take command.

The Bruins climbed to within 74-72 on Kris Johnson's two free throws with 4:24 remaining. But consecutive 3-pointers by Yasir Rosemond and Henry Madden made it 80-74 with 2:35 left.

Oregon (9-10, 4-6 Pac-10 Conference) sealed the win by making 14 of its last 15 free throws. The Ducks finished with a season-high 12 3-pointers on 25 attempts.

It was fourth loss in five trips to Eugene for UCLA (17-4, 7-3). With Arizona's win over Washington, it also put a serious damper on the Bruins' hopes for a conference title.

Johnson scored 21 points to lead the Bruins. J.R. Henderson scored 19 points and Baron Davis added 17.

Brown, whose previous career best of 15 points came last Saturday against Oregon State, started the 3-point binge by hitting with 6:35 left to give the Ducks a 65-63 lead.

His second 3-pointer put the Ducks up 71-68 with 5:40 left, followed by Rosemond's desperation 3 that beat the shot clock and made it 74-70 with 4:24 left.

Oregon, which lost the first meeting with UCLA 68-66 in Los Angeles on a steal and layup by Davis with 25 seconds left, hit four 3-pointers in the first eight minutes built three five-point leads.

Then the Bruins got their inside game going, shooting 54 percent in the half, many on dunks and layups from passes in the lane.

Oregon led 38-33 with 2:30 left in the half, but easy baskets by Jelani McCoy helped UCLA force a 40-all tie at the half.