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No. 5 Oregon blows 19-point lead in 82-79 loss at No. 10 UCLA

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Ball, Holiday lead Bruins’ second-half surge

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LOS ANGELES — In a blockbuster between Pac-12 elites, No. 5 Oregon surrendered a 19-point lead, as No. 10 UCLA stormed back for an 82-79 win at Pauley Pavilion on Thursday.

Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey notched 19 points apiece for the Ducks (21-4, 10-2), while Payton Prichard got hot late to finish with 13. Jordan Bell added nine points and a game-best 13 boards, as UO was out-rebounded, 43-35.

The Ducks shot 42 percent from the floor, 36 percent from distance and 64 percent from the stripe, while the home team put together a 51/38/69 split.

Freshman phenom Lonzo Ball (15p, 11r) and Aaron Holiday (15p, 7r) led the Bruins (22-3, 9-3) across the board, while Bryce Alford and Thomas Welsh finished with 12 points apiece. Isaac Hamilton tallied 11 points to round out UCLA’s top scorers.

Playing in front of a sellout sea of blue, UO looked focused on both ends of the floor in the early goings. Brooks gave the Ducks their first double-digit lead of the ballgame, posterizing a pair of UCLA defenders with a ferocious dunk, 20-10.

UO extended its lead to as many as 19, 37-18, with a 17-5 burst about midway through the half. Dorsey and Boucher led the surge before Alford took control on the other end, accounting for nine of UCLA’s 14 straight points, 37-32.

Dorsey halted the run with a three-point play before the Ducks took a 48-39 advantage into the locker rooms.

Dorsey and Brooks combined for UO’s first 16 points of the second half, alternating on three straight treys for the Ducks at one point, before the Bruins buckled down on defense.

Just like the Bruins had done in the first half, they ripped off a run in the second — this time, their efforts flipped the lead in their favor. Within the 26-6 surge, Holiday converted on a three-point play and drained a three-pointer to swap the lead for good, 72-70, at the 4:01 mark.

Prichard scored seven straight for the Ducks to try to bring them back, but Ball seemed to have answers for everything. The freshman delivered a dagger three with 32 seconds remaining to extinguish any fire UO had left.

The Ducks tried their luck from the line, pulling as close as one, 80-79, on free throws from Pritchard and Bell, but Holiday hit a pair on the other end to make it an 82-79 ballgame with 14 seconds to go.

With the clock winding down, Pritchard’s game-tying shot missed its mark, as the Bruins evened the series at one after falling on Brooks’ buzzer-beating game-winner in Eugene earlier this season.

UO heads across town to take on USC at the Galen Center on Saturday, Feb. 11. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT, viewable on the Pac-12 Networks.