Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored 18 of his game-high 25 points in the second half, and No. 7-ranked UCLA stifled Oregon on the defensive end en route to a 70-63 win on Saturday in Eugene, Ore.
The Bruins (21-4, 12-2 Pac-12) trailed by three points at halftime, and after exchanging points with Oregon for the first few minutes after intermission, took command with a 13-0 run.
UCLA went on another run of 11-2 to push its lead to as many as 18 points, capitalizing on aggressive defense that limited Oregon to just 9-of-21 shooting from the floor in the second half and 21-of-48 for the game.
Until the game’s final minute, Jaquez hit as many buckets in the second half, seven, as the entire Ducks team. Jaquez also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds and dished three assists.
Jaylen Clark, the only other Bruins player to score in double-figures with 13 points, posted nine in the second half. Tyger Campbell added nine points despite a 4-of-15 night shooting from the floor, and Amari Bailey scored eight points.
Oregon (15-11, 9-6) made a late-game push, scoring on a Jermaine Couisnard layup and Quincy Guerrier 3-pointer in the final 32 seconds that pulled the Ducks to within six points, but they came no closer.
Couisnard led Oregon with 19 points. N’Faly Dante scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Will Richardson, the Ducks’ leading scorer on the season at 14.1 points per game coming into Saturday’s contest, managed just five on 2-of-8 shooting from the floor.
UCLA completed a regular-season sweep of Oregon and earned its first victory at Eugene under head coach Mick Cronin. The Bruins have won four games in a row overall and, coupled with Arizona’s loss at Stanford earlier in the day, extended their lead in the conference to 1 1/2 games.
–Field Level Media