By John Parker
LOS ANGELES -- In a battle for the top spot in the Pac-12 on Saturday afternoon, it was a freshmen, unaware of the Ducks' recent struggles, who led the Oregon charge.
Freshman point guard Dominic Artis
had 12 points and six assists while senior center Tony Woods
had 18 points as the No. 21-ranked Ducks defeated No. 24 UCLA 76-67 in front of 12,254 fans at Pauley Pavilion.
The loss snapped a 10-game win streak for UCLA and extended Oregon's streak to seven.
Oregon (16-2, 5-0 Pac-12) came out of the gate undeniably hot. Artis hit the first shot of the game 12 seconds in, a 3-pointer, assisted by senior forward Carlos Emory
. Artis then returned the favor on the next possession, assisting on Emory's 3.
Oregon hit its first four shots, but was only able to open an 11-7 lead, as the Bruins (15-4, 5-1) were nearly equal to the task.
.The Ducks then went cold from the distance, missing six straight attempts before an Artis 3 with 6:16 to play in the first half put Oregon back up by four at 30-26. The lead did not last long however, as back-to-back Bruins dunks tied the score at 32 just a minute and a half later.
Freshman sensation for UCLA, Shabazz Muhammad closed the first half on a tear, scoring the Bruins final eight points and 10 of their last 12 in igniting a 19-12 run giving UCLA a 40-37 halftime edge.
The second half did not begin as well for the Bruins. Oregon, much like it had in the first, came out hot and at one point mounted an 8-0 run while the Bruins were silent for over five minutes.
By the time Kyle Anderson's layup found its way through the net with 10:29 remaining to play, the Bruins were only down 49-46. But Woods, Damyean Dotson and Arsalan Kazemi made sure there would be no Bruins comeback, combining for 19 of the Ducks' final 27 points.
Both teams entered riding waves of momentum as UCLA had won its last 10 and Oregon its last six. Included in the Ducks' run was a sweep of the Arizona schools last weekend highlighted by their 70-66 upset over then-No. 4 Arizona. That win got Oregon back into the polls for the first time since 2007.
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