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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aaron Holiday gave UCLA its first lead on a 3-pointer with 4 minutes remaining in the game and the 10th-ranked Bruins rallied from a 19-point first-half deficit to beat No. 5 Oregon 82-79 on Thursday night.
Holiday and star freshman Lonzo Ball scored 15 points each, combining to score UCLA’s final seven points. Ball had 11 rebounds. The Bruins (22-3, 9-3 Pac-12) moved into a third-place tie with idle California in the league standings.
Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey scored 19 points each for the second-place Ducks (21-4, 10-2). Dorsey missed a potential tying 3-pointer with 23 seconds left.
Box score:UCLA 82, Oregon 79
The Bruins closed with a furious rush, battling for rebounds after not getting back to defend early in the game. Holiday’s go-ahead basket was part of a 33-15 run to end the game.
Two free throws by Jordan Bell got the Ducks to 80-79 with 19 seconds to go. Holiday got fouled and made both to preserve the win before Payton Pritchard’s 3-pointer missed with 1 second left.
The Bruins made two runs in the first half that twice got them within five points after trailing by 19. But the Ducks quickly extended their lead to 15 points early in the second half when Brooks hit three 3-pointers and Dorsey added another.
Before Holiday’s go-ahead 3, he split two Oregon defenders and made an off-balance layup, getting fouled and making the free throw.
Pritchard made a 3-pointer that drew the Ducks within two before Ball hit a 3-pointer and coolly shook his right hand.
The Ducks raced out to a 37-18 lead, hitting six 3-pointers and capping the spurt with a 14-3 run while the Bruins struggled to get back on defense.
UCLA answered with 14 consecutive points, including a 3-pointer by Holiday and two by Alford, to close within five.
Oregon regrouped and closed the half on an 11-7 run to lead 48-39.