UCLA basketball: Bruins come back to beat Oregon, 67-59
Guards Malcolm Lee, Jerime Anderson and Lazeric Jones combined for 45 points to lead UCLA to a 67-59 come-from-behind victory over Oregon on Saturday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena, handing the Ducks their first defeat in their new home.
Lee had 18 points on seven-for-13 shooting and Anderson had 15 points off the bench for the Bruins (11-6 overall, 3-2 Pacific 10 Conference), who had trailed by 12 points in the first half and three points at halftime. Jones had 12 points while making five of 11 shots.
Freshman center Joshua Smith had 15 points and nine rebounds for UCLA but committed a potentially costly technical foul with 1 minute 50 seconds remaining. E.J. Singler made both free throws to cut Oregon's deficit to 65-59, but Smith blocked a shot by Jay-R Strowbridge, Anderson made two free throws and the Bruins held on.
Singler had 15 points and Jeremy Jacob added 12 for Oregon (8-10, 1-5), which shot 37.7% to UCLA's 50%.
UCLA sophomore forward Reeves Nelson fouled out with 4:59 remaining after a forgettable performance in which he did not score or take one shot. He finished with three rebounds and one assist.
--Ben Bolch, reporting from Eugene, Ore.
Photo: UCLA guards Malcolm Lee (left) and Jerime Anderson battle for a loose ball against Oregon's Malcolm Armstead (right) during Saturday afternoon's game in Eugene, Ore. Credit: Chris Pietsch / Associated Press