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February 26, 2006

No. 19 UCLA beats Oregon, 70-53

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LOS ANGELES - Freshman Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored 14 points and No. 19 UCLA overcame a sluggish first half to beat Oregon 70-53 on Sunday in the 100th meeting between the schools.

UCLA (22-6, 12-4 Pac-10) took the court for their final home game of the season, knowing that a win would leave it with no worse than a tie for first place in the conference with California heading into Thursday's showdown with the Golden Bears at Berkeley.

The game was played in front of a crowd that included seven players from the Bruins' 1968 NCAA championship team, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lucius Allen, Lynn Shackelford and Hill Street Blues actor Michael Warren.

Arron Affalo scored all of his 14 points in the final 11 1/2 minutes, and Jordan Farmar had 11 points for UCLA The Bruins, vying for their first Pac-10 title since 1996-97, finished their home schedule 13-3. It's their best record at Pauley Pavilion since going 15-1 in 1998-99 under Steve Lavin.

Aaron Brooks scored 19 points for Oregon (13-16, 7-10). Bryce Taylor missed his fifth straight game because of a hyperextended right knee.

The Bruins, who limited Oregon State to one free-throw attempt in Thursday's 78-60 victory over the Beavers, didn't send Oregon to the line until Jordan Kent was fouled on a short jump shot with 14:37 left in the game. Kent missed both attempts, and UCLA's Michael Roll followed with his second consecutive 3-pointer to put the Bruins ahead 33-30.

UCLA extended the margin to 46-34, as A Moute capped an 11-2 run with a putback of Farmar's missed jumper with 9:23 to play. The Ducks got no closer than nine points on a 3-pointer by Brooks with 3:39 remaining.

The Bruins trailed Oregon 28-23 at halftime after committing nine turnovers. Brooks scored the first seven points of a 16-6 run that helped Oregon turn a three-point deficit into a 28-21 lead late in the half.

UCLA swept Oregon in the season series for the second straight year. The Bruins have beaten the Ducks 76 times overall, including four straight. Oregon has won only five times against UCLA at Los Angeles in 50 attempts.

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