UCLA stages wild comeback, stuns Oregon in overtime

  • Oregon’s Francis Okoro, left, and Paul White battle UCLA’s Kris Wilkes (13) for a rebound with Oregon’s Victor Bailey, right, looking on during the first half of Thursday’s Pac-12 game in Eugene, Ore. (AP photo/Chris Pietsch)

  • UCLA’s Kris Wilkes, left, shoots over Oregon’s Payton Pritchard, center, and Paul White, right, during the the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan 10, 2019, in Eugene, Ore. (AP photo/Chris Pietsch)

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  • UCLA’s Moses Brown, left, battles Oregon’s Miles Norris and Ehab Amin, right, for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan 10, 2019, in Eugene, Ore. (AP photo/Chris Pietsch)

  • Oregon’s Victor Bailey, center, drives between UCLA’s Moses Brown, left, and Prince Ali during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan 10, 2019, in Eugene, Ore. (AP photo/Chris Pietsch)

  • Oregon’s Victor Bailey, left, and UCLA’s Moses Brown battle for a rebound during the first half an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan 10, 2019, in Eugene, Ore. (AP photo/Chris Pietsch)

  • Oregon’s Payton Pritchard, left, shows his frustration as UCLA’s Jules Bernard, center, and Jalen Hill, right, celebrate as they close the gap on the Ducks during the the closing seconds of regulation of Thursday’s game in Eugene, Ore. UCLA erased a 17-point second-half deficit and won in overtime. (AP photo/Chris Pietsch)

  • Oregon’s Victor Bailey, right, goes up for a reverse layup against UCLA’s Moses Brown, left, and Jalen Hill during overtime of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan 10, 2019, in Eugene, Ore. (AP photo/Chris Pietsch)

  • UCLA interim coach Murry Bartow, right, calls to his team in the closing seconds of regulation against Oregon in an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan 10, 2019, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch)

  • Oregon coach Dana Altman, right, calls instructions to Ehab Amin during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game UCLA on Thursday, Jan 10, 2019, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch)

  • UCLA’s Jaylen Hands, left, Prince Ali, Kris Wilkes and Chris Smith celebrate after UCLA defeated Oregon in overtime on Thursday night in Eugene, Ore. UCLA trailed by 17 points with less than seven minutes left in regulation. (AP photo/Chris Pietsch)

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EUGENE, Ore. — Prince Ali had 22 points, including four in overtime, and UCLA scored the final seven points to outlast Oregon 87-84 on Thursday night.

Jaylen Hands added 16 points and hit the go-ahead jumper with 47 seconds left for the Bruins (10-6, 3-0), who won in Eugene for the first time in five years. Moses Brown, who had 10 points and 11 rebounds, made one of two free throws for the final point.

UCLA trailed by 17 in the second half and was down 76-68 with 45 seconds to go in regulation when Hands made a 3-pointer and a 3-point play to cut the deficit to two. The Bruins outscored Oregon 12-4 to finish regulation at 80-80.

Chris Smith tied the score with 0.7 seconds left with a rebound basket off Hands’ intentional miss from the foul line, but Smith missed his free throw and the Ducks rebounded to force overtime.

UCLA’s comeback from a nine-point deficit in the final minute of regulation is the biggest comeback win in Pac-12 history, and ties the sixth-biggest deficit overcome in Division I history.

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Kris Wilkes had 14 points for UCLA and Jalen Hill had 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. The Bruins saw their 23 turnovers converted into 32 points by the Ducks, who had 13 steals.

Freshman Louis King scored a season-high 22 points and 10 rebounds for Oregon (9-6, 0-2), and Victor Bailey Jr. had 20 points. Paul White added 16 points.

UCLA made 10 of its first 11 shots to lead 22-17 but then went 1 for its next 14 to trail by 11 points with two minutes left in the half. Even worse, the Bruins struggled to handle the ball against Oregon’s half-court pressure and surrendered 19 points off 14 turnovers spread among seven players. Nine came on steals by the Ducks.

Oregon went ahead behind Bailey’s nine points during a 14-2 run for a 39-28 lead. Kris Wilkes, who had six of his seven turnovers in the first half, hit a 3 at the buzzer to cut the deficit to 39-32.

BIG PICTURE

UCLA overcame sloppy ball-handling and an inability to keep its transition game rolling for a remarkable comeback victory. For the third game in a row, the Bruins had five players score in double figures.

Oregon put together its first impressive opening half against a Power 5 team since its win over Syracuse in mid-November and showed that it’s adapting to the loss of star freshman Bol Bol, despite losing at home for the third time this season.

UP NEXT

UCLA plays at Oregon State on Sunday night.

Oregon hosts USC on Sunday night.

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