The game between UCLA and Oregon at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday night was nothing short of thrilling, with twists and turns that kept fans on the edge of their seats until the final buzzer.
The Bruins started the game with a bang, building an impressive 18-point lead early on behind stellar performances from Dylan Andrews and Sebastian Mack. Mack’s aggressive play on both ends of the floor set the tone for UCLA, while Andrews showcased his scoring ability with timely three-pointers and clutch shots. Lazar Stefanovic also made significant contributions, recording a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
However, the Ducks refused to go down without a fight. Led by Jadrian Tracey’s hot shooting from beyond the arc, Oregon mounted a ferocious comeback, going on a 16-2 run to take a one-point lead at halftime. Tracey’s three consecutive three-pointers sparked the Ducks’ resurgence, injecting new life into the game and setting the stage for a thrilling second half.
The momentum swung back and forth throughout the game, with both teams trading baskets and defensive stops in a fiercely contested battle. UCLA’s Aday Mara provided a crucial spark off the bench, making key plays on both ends of the floor to help the Bruins regain control. Mara’s energy and intensity fueled a decisive 9-0 run that gave UCLA a comfortable lead down the stretch.
Despite Oregon’s best efforts to rally late in the game, UCLA’s resilient performance proved to be too much to overcome. The Bruins’ tenacity and determination were on full display as they closed out the game with a 71-63 victory, securing their third consecutive win and improving to .500 for the first time since late December.
With the win, UCLA finds itself just 1.5 games out of first place in the Pac-12 standings, firmly establishing themselves as contenders in the conference race. The Bruins’ ability to weather the storm and come out on top against a tough opponent like Oregon speaks volumes about their resilience and potential heading into the final stretch of the season. As they continue to build momentum and confidence, UCLA will be a team to watch as they look to make a statement in the postseason.