Ball movement and extra passes helped Oregon dominate the visiting Bruins. The Ducks won 82-64 and their record is now 14-6 (4-3 in conference). Joseph Young had a team high 16 points and Jordan Bell led the game with five assists. Oregon also shot an impressive 62 percent from the field, the good shooting percentage can be credited to the ball movement.
Jalil Abdul-Bassit started over Dillon Brooks this afternoon and it proved to be an effective lineup. The Ducks jumped out early and after the first media timeout they led 11-7. Young did a bit of everything during the game; on one possession he hit a big three-pointer and then on the following possession passed the ball to an open Bell in transition. Bell converted the pass into another highlight reel slam for the freshman.
Oregon continued their hot shooting in the first half and it was due to the Ducks unselfish play. The Ducks extra passes translated into open shots for the offense and created lanes for the Ducks to attack. Brooks drove to the lane on one possession and found Cook who had an easy look for a dunk.
The Ducks went into intermission leading 46-31 and shot 75 percent from the field. Oregon also shot over 85 percent from beyond the arc in the first half; four Ducks made at least one three-pointer during the opening 20 minutes. UCLA shot under 43 percent from the field and was out rebounded by five in the first 20 minutes of play.
The second half wasn’t much better for the Bruins. They continued to struggle from the field and couldn’t get any rhythm going offensively. With 10 minutes left in the game Oregon pushed their lead to 19 points and the Bruins couldn’t find an answer to stop the Ducks ball movement. The Ducks converted a majority of their transition plays and it helped five Ducks get to double figures by the conclusion of the game.
For Oregon Dwayne Benjamin came off the bench and finished with 15 points and four rebounds. To go along with Bell’s five assists he scored six points and led the Ducks with seven rebounds. UCLA guard Norman Powell had a game high 21 points and Bryce Alford scored 15 points off of 16 shots.
Play of the game
With under seven minutes to play Benjamin got an offensive rebound and then finished the play with a reverse dunk.
Oregon will travel to Arizona this week. The Ducks will play No. 7 Arizona on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks.