The University of Oregon’s bid to repeat as PAC-12 tournament champions was squandered Thursday night by the same team they defeated last year to win it all. UCLA blew the game open in the second half to win by 19.
The game was a back and forth affair for most of the first half, but UCLA got hot shooting and opened up a 20 point lead with five minutes go. They held on to win 82-63. Oregon’s Joe Young scored a game-high 29 points, but no other Duck broke into double figures.
Now the Ducks head home and look ahead to Sunday, when the NCAA Tournament bracket will be announced. Oregon is expected to make it in, based on some big wins late in the season. Likely the only questions remaining are what seed they will be and where they will play first.