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UCLA nips Oregon with late putback

Fri., Jan. 31, 2014, midnight

Travis Wear’s putback with 5.3 seconds to go gave UCLA a 70-68 victory over slumping Oregon on Thursday night in Eugene.

Jordan Adams finished with 19 points for UCLA (17-4, 6-2 Pac-12), which has won five of its last six games to sit at second in the conference behind top-ranked Arizona.

Joseph Young had 25 points for Oregon (14-6, 2-8), which was coming off a 71-44 victory over Washington State that snapped a five-game losing streak. The string of losses stopped a 13-game winning streak that had Oregon ranked as high as No. 10 in the rankings.

The Bruins were coming off a 76-64 victory at home over California on Sunday.

Norman Powell’s fast-break layup and free throw gave UCLA a 62-52 lead – its largest of the game – with 7:20 left.

Oregon closed the gap with consecutive layups by Jason Calliste and Young to make it 65-62 with 3:21 left. Young added a free throw before Calliste hit a 3-pointer to pull Oregon in front 66-65 with 1:40 left.

Kyle Anderson missed a free throw for UCLA and Tony Parker missed a putback layup before fouling out. Richard Amardi made both the free throws to make it 68-65 for the Ducks, but Adams hit a layup and added a free throw to tie it at 68 with just less than a minute left – before Wear hit the winning basket.

The Bruins and Ducks went into the game as the top two scoring teams in the Pac-12, with Oregon averaging 85.9 and UCLA averaging 84.3.

Oregon’s Jonathan Loyd played after having surgery on Wednesday to repair a broken nose he sustained in practice on Tuesday. He wore a face mask against the Bruins.

The game was the first in a stretch that has Oregon playing seven of its next 11 games at home.

Oregon State 76, Southern California 75 (OT): Roberto Nelson scored four of his 24 points in overtime, including the go-ahead basket with 25 seconds remaining, to lift the Beavers over the Trojans at Corvallis, Ore.

Pe’Shon Howard had a chance to pull USC even after making the first of two free throws with 0.9 seconds left, but he missed the second and Devon Collier grabbed the rebound for Oregon State.

Angus Brandt finished with 14 points and Eric Moreland grabbed 10 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Beavers (12-8, 3-4), who trailed 39-36 at halftime.

Byron Wesley led USC (10-11, 1-7) with 23 points as the Trojans lost for the seventh time in eight games.



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