EUGENE — Oregon returned to the top of the Pac-12 in just one game.
Chris Duarte scored 23 points, LJ Figueroa scored 18 points, Eugene Omoruyi and Will Richardson each scored The Ducks contributed 15 points. The latter eliminated the 9-point disadvantage and ended the final 4:06 game with a score of 14-6 against UCLA’s 82-74 at Matthew Knight Athletic on Wednesday night. field.
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Jules Bernard scored a career-high 23 points and contributed four assists for the Bruins (17-7, 13-5), who played for the University of Southern California on Saturday. UO will play in Oregon on Sunday (5pm, FS1).
Oregon’s five starters all scored 37 points in the first half, but allowed Bernard to score 7 of 8 shots and score 15 points. This was the main reason UCLA had a 30-12 advantage in the first half. The Bears shot 60% from the field and led by 39-37.
“He is definitely killing us,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “He scored 15 points for six layups in the first half. He can go to the basket anytime, anywhere. He is strong, but we didn’t slip.
However, the Ducks put Bernard in a deadlock. The third grader hit a three-pointer, and UCLA took a 56-47 lead with 13:28, but did not score any more.
Oregon eliminated the nine-point gap (60-51) with 11:16 and beat Duarte with seven points 17-6.
“A lot of teams will not respond in this way,” Altman said. “I am very proud of you. I thought Will Richardson just took over the game and he did achieve a good result and did a few things at the basket. Our defense has indeed tightened.”
Altman said that UO’s players told him that they wanted to switch to man-to-man defense and increase their efforts, which accelerated UCLA’s turnover in the second half to 12 games, while only 2 games in the first half.
“I squeezed them into a ball, and then I went,’Guys, we didn’t stop. What do you want? You have to be responsible; we have to stop. “They want to find someone and change everything. They are on the job. It’s done very well. Will and Eric (William Jr.) sometimes (LJ, Chris) put it in the hands of (Cudy Riley) quite well.
“I think this is a big key. The team really bought what they wanted to do and really took over it.”
Oregon State pressed the racket on the dead ball in the backcourt, and the bench was as vibrant as the entire season. When the Bruins pass the ball to Riley in the second half, multiple ducks will flock to him, shut him off, force the ball or make a mistake, which will transfer the paint advantage to 28-12 UO in the second half.
Omorui said: “We realized that they were indeed attacking certain areas of the area.” “As a group, we decided to conduct a person-to-person defense because we felt it was more effective. The coach made us do it.”
Chandler Lawson came in to give Figueroa the remaining 10:50 break, which changed the height of the media in Oregon and forced UCLA into a series of costly mistakes. When Lawson came in, the Ducks forced six Bruins turnovers in the 4:46 period.
“We were behind them all night until Chandler Lawson greatly improved our news reporting capabilities,” Altman said. “He was energetic and reached for some balls. This length allowed them to pass a few more passes. When we made deflection and turnovers, it changed the rhythm of the game.”
Omoruyi intercepted a UCLA pass in the backcourt and then competed for a basket from coast to coast to tie Oregon State 64-62 with a 6:04 score. The duck never lags behind.
“We know what they are looking at, if we stop other things, what they are looking at,” Omoruyi said. “I performed the reading, I got the ball, I finished it.”
With 11 points, Riley converted a three-pointer and tied 68-68 with a score of 4:06. Then Oregon ended the game in a 14-6 game with a quarter of the contribution.
Figueroa emerged from the bench after the 4:06 break and Richardson missed a defeat. Emoruyi drove along the right edge of the lane and stooped to make a continuous jumper, raising UO to 72-68.
He said: “I know they cut off the traffic lane.” “I can adjust my pace, go out of Europe, take a step.”
Duarte trained with a three-pointer and gave the Ducks the biggest game lead with a score of 2:16.
After Tiger Campbell (eight assists) made two free throws, Richardson hit a jumper on the fairway. Duarte blocked Bernard and Richardson made a three-pointer to push the game away.
After a series of rearranged games, Oregon’s dramatic and intense victories put Oregon State in the lead in the conference, four of which scored 4 points or less.
Altman attributed it to the toughness of the team.
He said: “They know what they want.” “I am really proud of them, because in any game, if we give in. We are embarrassed by our efforts at USC, but we did fight back. , I’m really proud of them. I told them that we were there, “If you think I let you down.” never. We have to press them. We will try to get it back. “Dropping all the way to 10 points, free throws and a few hits, we might be able to tighten it up a bit.
“At nine o’clock tonight, I think a lot of teams will withdraw. For us, it’s not going well. We don’t have much energy. But I appreciate all these people and they changed it.”