In win over Oregon, UCLA shows D it can take pride in


In the second half, Alford told Ball to guard OR star Dillon Brooks (19 points, 7-for-17).

OR now leads 59-45 early in the second half.

"I guess you could say that I'm getting used to the flow of the game because, at the beginning of the season, I hadn't played college basketball for a while", he said.

Southern California: Plays fifth-ranked OR at home on Saturday night.

In the second half the Ducks missed 20 of 30 shots and UCLA outrebounded them by eight.

Aaron scored 21 points and Boatwright added 16 as Southern California cruised to a 92-66 victory over Oregon State on Thursday night. More than 50 years ago, the MI native got one of his first big breaks when he was hired to call Bruins games for KTLA in Los Angeles. The 6-6 point guard finally got his team organized on the defensive end to stifle Oregon's potent attack, and he drained a couple of timely shots late in the game to seal the unexpected comeback. Which allowed UCLA to take a 72-70 lead with four minutes left in the game.

"Say a prayer, light a candle for that young angel of UCLA", Bruins and National Basketball Association legend Bill Walton said on the ESPN telecast.

OR has few holes in its lineup with a star on the wing in Dillon Brooks, an emerging guard in Tyler Dorsey and two dependable big men in Jordan Bell and Chris Boucher.

"We got stagnant at some point in the second half and the ball stopped moving", OR guard Tyler Dorsey said.

The same Bruins who'd entered halftime down nine outscored OR 43-31 in the second half.

UCLA would finally find some offense in the third quarter, and they began to chip away at the Duck lead.

Key stats: OSU shot 35 percent from the floor, including 6 of 20 from three-point distance, and committed 20 turnovers that led to 28 USC points. After losing on the road last month at UCLA, the Ducks can split the season series with a win over the Bruins.

One UCLA cheerleader had a night to forget.

"I don't know if it is revenge, OR is a great team", USC coach Andy Enfield said.

Sydney Wiese had 17 points to lead Oregon State (22-3, 11-2 Pac-12). OR fell short of matching its best start in conference play, which was 11-1 in the Pacific Coast Conference in 1938-39, when the Ducks went on to win the NCAA title.