EUGENE, Ore. – Norman Powell scored a game-leading 23 points as UCLA lost at Oregon, 82-64, in a Pac-12 game before 7,301 at Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday.
UCLA (11-9, 3-4 Pac-12) dropped its second consecutive road contest, falling behind by a 46-31 margin at halftime. Powell finished with at least 20 points for the seventh time this season.
Oregon (14-6, 4-3) had five players who scored in double figures, led by Joseph Young, who scored 16 points and made 7 of 11 shots. The Ducks shot 62.3 percent from the field (33 of 53), making 9 of 13 three-point attempts (69.2 percent).
Bryce Alford and Kevon Looney each scored 15 points for the Bruins. Alford made 6 of 16 shots, including 3 of 6 three-pointers in the first half (3 of 10 three-pointers overall). Looney finished with a game-high eight rebounds in 27 minutes, connecting on 7 of 9 field goal attempts.
Saturday’s game marked the Bruins’ second consecutive contest without junior forward/center Tony Parker, who was unable to play due to back spasms.
Dwayne Benjamin added 15 points off the bench for Oregon, while Elgin Cook finished with 11 and Jalil Abdul-Bassit and Ahmaad Rorie each scored 10.
UCLA was unable to reduce Oregon’s lead to fewer than 11 points in the second half. The Bruins, who absorbed a 66-55 defeat at Oregon State on Thursday night, cut Oregon’s advantage to 58-47 with 14:46 to play in regulation. The Ducks countered with consecutive two-point baskets, pushing their cushion to 62-47 at the 13:54 mark.
Oregon extended its advantage to as many as 21 points late in the second half. The Ducks had raced to a 15-point halftime lead after having shot 75 percent (18 of 24) from the field in the first half.
UCLA, which closed a stretch playing five of its first seven Pac-12 games on the road, will return to Pauley Pavilion to face Utah on Thursday evening. Game time against the Utes in Pauley Pavilion is 7 p.m. UCLA’s game will be nationally televised on ESPN2.