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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

No. 3 UCLA overtime but lost to Oregon

LOS ANGELES – UCLA coach Mick Cronin watched Oregon score five points in the first half of the second half while his arms were crossed in despair. After only 51 seconds, he saw quite a bit. He quickly turned to his bench and gestured for new player Peyton Watson to check in.

Watson came off the bench and stepped high on the scorer’s table.

After the first half, the 6-foot-9 wing saw a bit of excitement in his move, which earned him five points, six rebounds and two shot blocks. It was clear that he wanted to give more. And what he did.

Cronin turned to Watson with just 21 seconds into the second half and put pressure on the duck as he swung the ball under his basket. Jaylen Clark forced a steal and held the ball to tie the score with 16 seconds remaining and ended the game in overtime before Oregon’s Will Richardson missed a potentially game-winning 3-pointer from the top of the key. helped send.

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Watson’s performance helped bridge the gap between UCLA’s lackluster performance and an attempt to score an overtime win, but the Ducks went on to win Thursday night 84-81 in a mostly empty Pauley Pavilion.

“We didn’t deserve to win,” Cronin said. “I don’t grade games on score, I grade on performance. We had a terrible practice yesterday. Worst of the year. It’s on me.”

“My job is to stop it and get their attention. Obviously, I failed miserably.”

Johnny Juzang took a good look from the wing in the final six seconds of overtime to tie the score, but his shot was way off the mark. Jules Bernard received a rebound and planted a jumper that Davian Harmon grabbed his hand when time ran out.

Jaime Jaquez Jr. Missed two free throws with 47 seconds to spare, which could have tied it up, but the second miss led to a short jumper from Jacob Young that extended the Ducks’ advantage to 83-79 with 19 seconds. Miles Johnson scored for UCLA before Richardson made one of two free throws.

“We have got talented players, but we have to come up with a stop down and we didn’t,” Jujang said. “We have to strengthen close games like this against good teams. You can’t have that many mistakes.”

Jujang finished with 23 points in 37 minutes, with Jules Bernard shooting just 3-13 off 13. Young led for Oregon with a season-high 23 points, and Richardson had 16. The duo combined for all 11 overtime points for the duck.

Watson scored 10 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two assists in 21 minutes, his best performance since UCLA’s win over Bellarmine in November.

“Payton Watson was the only bright spot with his eight rebounds,” Cronin said. “But to come out in the second half, have only four deflections, leave 52% (shooting) and 62% in overtime an abomination.”

The Bruins (10-2, 2-1 Pac-12 on aggregate), who shot 40% off the field, gave Oregon (10-6, 3-2) 18 fast-break points and 17 points from turnover.

UCLA, which ended a five-game winning streak, pared down seven consecutive missed shots in the first half. It was part of a 1-for-10 shooting display that lasted just under four minutes. Still, somehow a Jujang 3-pointer kept the Bruins within one, 19-18.

With five minutes to play in the first half, both teams were shooting around 30% of the total. Watson injected energy in the final five minutes of the half with a block on the rim and a 3-pointer that helped UCLA take a 35-30 lead at halftime. Oregon made just two baskets in the last 8:20 of the first half.

“We didn’t play defence. We didn’t pay attention to the ball. We didn’t share the ball,” Cronin said. “You’re either humble and hungry, like (Oregon), trying to drive away a so-called troublemaker. Or you’re unreasonably arrogant because we won’t win anything.”

The Ducks made just one 3-pointer in the first half, then came out and hit four to start the second half. It was part of a 16-2 run that gave them a 46-37 lead.

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