Oregon 87, UCLA 83 (2OT)
February 27, 2014

UCLA head coach Steve Alford
"Well, I'll just tell you what I just told my team. I've been in this business for a long time. Regardless of what the adversity is, injury, sickness, those suspensions today. I don't know if I've been more proud than I am today of this team.

“These guys had no preparation, and we had a lot of guys step up. They played extremely hard. I’ll have to watch the tape, but that was arguably the best we've played defense all year. We gave up some rebounds but we took their transition offense away. This is a high octane team we held down. We were down most of the game but we continued to fight the whole way. Both teams were just battling. We just have to get ready for Sunday, luckily with a longer turnaround time than usual.”

on freshman guard Bryce Alford
“Bryce is tough. That’s one thing he is, tough. I’m glad that he and Zach [LaVine], 28 games in to their careers, handled the ball well against a team that gave them everything they had. They complimented each other really well, combining for 11 assists and just four turnovers. Oregon kept coming at us and our young guys kept doing good things. Bryce got to the free throw line, drove hard, and made good decisions. I'm really proud of how he and Zach handled the situation.”

on David Wear’s buzzer-beating three-pointer to tie the game, 71-71
“I wish I could tell you that I drew up the play where David made his three pointer. Dana [Altman] and I go back from our previous teams in the Missouri Valley Conference. We've played very tight games. We've had wars just like this. He'd tell you that they had a defensive breakdown where Dave just got behind the defense. We made a good pass, and Dave just made a great shot. It took a tremendous shot and play to get us into overtime.”

on Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams both serving one-game suspensions on Thursday
“The decision was made today regarding Kyle and Jordan. They broke team rules and it was a tough deal. They were sitting there and supporting their teammates. Our players really responded to their support.”

UCLA senior forward David Wear
on his buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of regulation
“I thought they were going to miss [the free throw] on purpose. I just ran down and made eye contact with Travis [Wear], and he gave me a good pass and I just stepped into the shot. It really felt good.

“The guys [who were suspended] apologized and stepped up as leaders. It hurts to lose a game like this. We were really focused on defense. Anytime you put an effort in like that it’s tough to lose a game in double overtime.”

UCLA freshman guard Zach LaVine
“We knew we had to concentrate. We had to focus to get back into the game. We just got better mentally.”

on discovering that two teammates would be suspended
“We had a meeting four hours before the game. There are no hard feelings. We really support those guys.”

on being inserted into the starting lineup
“I didn’t feel any pressure about starting. It’s nothing new for me. I have started my whole life. It’s regular, just like playing basketball.”

UCLA freshman guard Bryce Alford
“[Starting] It caught me by surprise. I just knew I had to bring the energy right away. We all played 40 minutes plus, and we [as starters] had to fight through it. We knew we were going to be tired in a seven man rotation. The last 10 minutes, we did a great job of guarding. Our 2-3 zone was great. The last game at their place, they kind of shredded our zone. We made some plays but they just made a few more.”

Oregon head coach Dana Altman
“We didn’t attack their zone very well and got into trouble. We didn’t get it inside like we wanted to. We found a way, and at this time of year you need to do that. I looked awfully foolish at the end of regulation. That’s just bad coaching. I am really disappointed we didn’t finish out like we needed to but the guys showed some resilience and found a way.”

Oregon senior forward Mike Moser
“This team has got a lot of heart. They are really starting to band together. We are trying to own this season and keep it on track. You know when you play a UCLA team that they are going to be coached well no matter who is on the floor. [Zach] LaVine really stepped up his game, and [Bryce] Alford blew the nets off. It was a really good win.”


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