Championship game: Oregon 78, UCLA 69: Ducks fly past depleted Bruins

2013-03-17T00:00:00Z 2014-07-08T15:32:53Z Championship game: Oregon 78, UCLA 69: Ducks fly past depleted BruinsPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LAS VEGAS - The UCLA Bruins entered Saturday's Pac-12 tournament championship with a one-man bench.

The Oregon Ducks made their bench a two-man wrecking crew.

Guards Johnathan Loyd and Carlos Emory combined to score 39 points, making half their combined 28 shots in a 78-69 win at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

"I'm very happy for our seniors," UO coach Dana Altman said. "It was their last opportunity to have some tangible evidence that they helped us, helped bring our program along. They were just tremendous to work with."

In winning the tournament, the Ducks attempted to make a case to stay in the West - be it Salt Lake City or San Jose, Calif. - when the NCAA tournament is seeded today.

The Bruins could make the same argument, having won the conference outright and reaching the tournament final.

What will go unsaid is this: With star freshman Jordan Adams out for the year after breaking his foot Friday against the Arizona Wildcats, will the Bruins be treated any differently?

"I have no idea," UCLA coach Ben Howland. "Our players have done nothing wrong to be penalized, no."

They missed Adams on Saturday, playing only one significant bench player.

"He's one of our best players," Howland said. "When you lose one of your best players, it's always something you're going to have to overcome."

Guard Kyle Anderson will likely play more on the perimeter with Adams out, the coach said.

The Bruins led 12-4 before the Ducks - who committed seven turnovers in the first five minutes - began a three-point barrage.

Emory made one to pull them within five, and then Loyd made a three-pointer to go down two. Damyean Dotson's three made it 16-15 UCLA, and another three from Loyd gave the Ducks a two-point lead.

Oregon made 7 of 9 three-point attempts in the first half, putting them on pace to break the tournament record, set when the 2007 Oregon team and the 2008 UCLA squad. The Ducks led by nine at halftime.

The hot shooting didn't last. Oregon missed all five three-point attempts in the second half.

The Bruins were frustrated in the first half. Howland spiked his suit jacket after a foul call, receiving his first technical foul in 11 years.

"I was very embarrassed by that," he said.

The Ducks won it with rebounding, grabbing nine more overall and three more on the offensive end.

UCLA played only two bench players and only one, David Wear, more than four minutes. The seven to appear in Saturday's game are the extent of the Bruins' scholarship athlete list.

"Obviously we were fatigued tonight, having played three games three nights in a row," Howland said.

Loyd was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player in defeating the Bruins, who trailed the whole second half and got no closer than four points behind, with 8:49 to play.

The Bishop Gorman High School graduate should be praised for winning the Pac-12's foray into Las Vegas in his own hometown, Howland said.

The all-tournament team featured four guards - UCLA's Larry Drew II and Adams, Arizona State's Jahii Carson and Oregon's Dotson - and Ducks forward Arsalan Kazemi.

"Johnny Loyd really picked himself up and gave us a great night," Altman said.

Loyd was visibly emotional after the game.

"This is an amazing feeling, to do this in front of my family, friends, hometown," he said. "It's just an amazing feeling."

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