With senior and team leader E.J. Singler on the bench with four fouls the young Oregon Ducks grew up a ton in the Saturday's final moments. Oregon would score eight straight points in the final three minutes and defeat No. 24 UCLA 76-67.
Tony Woods led all players with 18 points in Oregon's road victory over No. 24 UCLA.
Oregon extended their winning streak to seven games while snapping the Bruins' 10-game streak.
The Ducks (16-2, 5-0) are off to their best start in league play since 1973-74 when Oregon won their first five games in the Pac-8. In fact Oregon has only started 5-0 in league play four other times in school history.
Tony Woods who played with the flu led all players in scoring with 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting. Dominic Artis added 14 points and six assists. Arsalan Kazemi recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Damyean Dotson chipped in 11 points.
UCLA's Travis Wear led the Bruins (15-4, 5-1) with 17 points.
Oregon's second half performance on defense powered the Ducks to victory. The Bruins appeared ready to blow the game open when they took an early 46-41 second half lead.
Oregon increased their effort on defense and held UCLA scoreless for a five-minute stretch to regain the lead.
Oregon led 62-61 with 3:30 left after a pair of free throws by UCLA's Kyle Anderson and from there Oregon never looked back.
Kazemi grabbed an offensive rebound and scored a layup. On Oregon's ensuing possession Dotson was fouled and made his two free throws to push Oregon's lead to five, 66-61. Dotson then got a steal on defense and fed Woods for a slam dunk. UCLA was forced to call a timeout trailing 68-61 with 1:42 left.
After a second Woods dunk the Ducks made six free throws and iced the game and the win.
The Ducks swept the LA schools for the first time since 2009-10.
Oregon's next game is Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at home against the Washington State Cougars.
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