It was announced before the start of the game vs UCLA that two of the key pieces of the Bruins 2014 success would not be playing due to a violation of team rules. Sophomores Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson, leading scorers for Coach Steve Alford’s team would sit out the game against the Ducks. In the end it did not matter. What did? Oregon’s mistakes almost cost them the game on Thursday in front of a nationally televised audience on ESPN2.
Oregon led for the entire game, until the last minute when David Ware hit a clutc.h three point shot with 1.3 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. In the first extra period a total of four points were scored, two for Oregon and two for UCLA. The Bruins were able to keep the Ducks out of the paint in the first free period. The second overtime went Oregon’s way as Joseph Young hit the key three pointer to seal the win for Dana Altman and company. Young had 26 points for the game and Senior Mike Moser continued to show grit with 12 points and a season high 20 rebounds. Oregon picked up key free throws from Jason Calliste and Richard Amardi.
It was the fourth straight victory for the Ducks who now find themselves at 7-8 in the Pac-12 Conference and coming back from the dead for a shot at the NCAA Tournament. Following the game several members of the National media chimed in on the win. Andy Katz from ESPN said that the committee that decides the 68 teams in March Madness would consider the win over the Bruins as that- at win, not taking into account that UCLA had two starters out of the lineup.
Oregon. Sharpie. Go to bed.
Seth Davis, CNNSI, CBS College Hoops Reporter on Twitter After the Oregon Double OT Win vs UCLA
Oregon now heads to USC to take on a fiesty Trojans team that is capable of pulling the upset before returning home to close out the regular season against Arizona State and Arizona.
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