Oregon 68//UCLA 70
8:10p Oregon falls to UCLA after shot in final seconds is blocked.
8:05 UCLA comes back game tied at 68.
8:03 Calliste with a three gives Oregon the lead.
7:58p – Calliste with a steal and two and Young with a two and a foul brings Ducks within three down 65-62 with just over three minutes left.
7:55p -UCLA scores nine straight points out of the tie as Oregon seems lost and Ducks have another call not go their way. With Free Throws Oregon now down 65-58.
7:45p Out of a tv timeout Jason Calliste hits three free throws tying the game at 52, but the Bruins strike back with a three, followed by a two to take a five point lead with just under ten minutes left in the game.
7:35p After a lull to start the 2nd half Oregon is making some noise with scores on consecutive possessions, now down two after Amardi hits a shot in the paint. Amardi, Young and Calliste help tie the game at 49 with 11 to go.
7:25p UCLA on a run and got the benefit of a call from the ref, lead 42-38. Bruins playing more energized to start 2nd half. Oregon making mistakes.
7:15 Oregon starts 2nd half with the ball. Ducks with some mistakes, including a travel.
6:57p Oregon looked much improved on the Defensive end working some opportunities of their own to the tune of four steals and just 7 turnovers in the first half. The Ducks are 6 of 12 from beyond the arc. Joseph Young leads with 16, followed by Calliste with 8.
6:50 Some Pro Ducks in the house tonight. LeGarrette Blount along with Ed Dickson from the Patriots and Ravens respectively. Joseph Young has 11 and Jason Calliste has 8 to pace the Ducks as we close out the first half.
6:40p Oregon had a small four point run before UCLA came back. Ducks still up three with 5 minutes to go in the first half.
6:30p Oregon on offense is succinct and crisp – Jason Calliste with a 3 point shot give Oregon a 4 point lead.
6:26 out of the media timeout Joseph Young with three foul shots and hits all three tying the game at 17.
6:20 Since the start of the game Oregon has two steals on Defense and bench players are getting the points (Amardi with 4). Dotson with 5 and two rebound and Joseph Young just hit a three pointer. Ducks within 3.
6:15p Dotson hits a 3 to tie it at 5 before UCLA goes on a little run for a 10-5 lead. Ducks respond with two from Dotson who is seeing the basket well early with 5 points. Ducks Down 10-7. Foul Trouble early for Mike Moser – he has two in less than four minutes. Elgin Cook now in the game.
6:07p UCLA called for a travel on their opening possession and Oregon turns it over. UCLA hits a 3
6:02p Here we go! UCLA gets the tip.
5:55 crowd support still filing into Matthew Knight Arena. It is a Thursday night game after all. Looks like it will be a solid house to root on the Ducks tonight. Tipoff in 10.
5:50p Oregon Starting Lineup vs the Bruins: Artis, Young, Dotson, Carter and Moser
5:40p – Crowd starting to fill in for this one as warmups continue. Johnathan Loyd led the team onto the court for warmups for Oregon. He had the mask off taking shots for a few minutes but will likely use it for the game. Tipoff in 20 minutes.
Great shot of Loyd’s mask on the Twitter account. I hope can see through that thing. We’re about 45 minutes from tipoff and the arena is still empty. Where are the fans?
We’re live at Matthew Knight Arena getting set for Oregon and UCLA. Oregon Guard Johnathan Loyd is on the floor with a custom mask(just hit a three), Looks like he’s good to go. The sun sets on Eugene as the Bruins and Ducks tip in about an hour.
The storyline for tonight’s game should be that of two teams going in different directions and it likely would have been. However we learned on Wednesday that a key player in Oregon’s Offense, Starting Point Guard Johnathan Loyd broke his nose in a rebounding drill in Tuesday’s practice. Loyd had surgery to repair the damage Wednesday evening and may see the court tonight vs the Bruins. His presence on the court would be a welcome addition since he has been on the floor for 126 games in a row for the Ducks. The Senior has played in every game that Oregon Coach Dana Altman has been around for.
Both teams enter the game tonight with two game winning streaks. The Ducks are 2-5 in the Pac-12 Conference while the Bruins are 5-2. With Stanford and California losing this week an Oregon win would bring Altman’s team to within two games of second place in the conference, but the team they face Thursday is far better than Washington State who the Ducks beat 71-44 on Sunday.
Oregon leads the Pac-12 and is fourth in scoring nationally at 85.9 points per game. The Ducks also lead the Conference when it comes to free throw percentage at .779 percent. The Bruins are right behind the Ducks averaging just over 84 points per game. Altman’s team is undefeated on the year when they outshoot their opponent and they will need that type of performance against UCLA tonight.
Gametime is 6pm on ESPN2. Our Live Coverage from Matthew Knight Arena will start at 5pm on Autzenzoo.com and on our Twitter account.
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