After losing leads in the final 3 minutes of back-to-back losses, OR almost did it again on Saturday.
"I nearly fainted a little bit", OR freshman Victor Bailey admitted. But Oregon State rebounded last weekend with wins at home against then-No. They did. Led by Payton Pritchard (15.2 ppg) and Elijah Brown (13.6 ppg), the Ducks are averaging just over 80 points a game in PAC-12 play.
The Bruins trailed 88-77 with 2:55 to play before Wilkes scored five points in a 10-0 run to cut the lead the one with a minute left.
Jordan McLaughlin's two foul shots in the final second gave the Trojans a two-point lead at the break.
Ethan Thompson and Tres Tinkle each made all six of their free-throw attempts.
Thompson hit a 3-pointer to give the Beavers the lead at the start of the second half.
UCLA (13-7, 4-4) immediately fouled Pritchard, who made two free throws to stretch Oregon's lead to 92-89.
The win wasn't secure until a half-court shot by UCLA's Aaron Holiday bounced off the back rim as time expired.
"They were shooting it so well from three".
"Hopefully not till I (graduate)", said McWilliams, who has been part of five Civil War victories. "That's stuff we've just got to shake off and show some toughness and we'll get the next one". I felt like that was the best way to finish it out. Ionescu made two free throws to keep OR within 81-79, but McWilliams followed with a three-pointer on which she was fouled, and made the free throw that proved to be the daggar.
"We understood the last 4 minutes in our last few games, we were not at our best", McIntosh said. This time, the Ducks made the plays they'd been missing in those losses to Arizona and USC.
"As ugly as it may be, a win is a win". Bailey matched his season high with 18 points, including 15 in the first half as OR built a 52-38 lead. Michigan State took control with an 18-0 run midway through the first half. Kenny Wooten scored to open the second half and give the Ducks a 54-38 lead, but they followed with four turnovers in the first three minutes of the half as UCLA closed within 57-45 on a dunk by Prince Ali.
"He's so experienced and so good that you trust him", Enfield said, "and whatever play call we're in or whatever we come up with, we put the ball in his hands and we just go".
UCLA looked lifeless in the early going, failing to get off a shot on one possession as someone could be heard yelling "Shoot it!" from the Bruins' bench on the other end of the court.
Two missed layups and a turnover by the Beavers and three Jordan Usher 3-pointers later - all in less than three minutes - and USC had a four-point lead. The Trojans went into the game with the top assist to turnover ratio in the Pac-12.
The UCLA Bruins (13-5) are coming from a 68-59 loss to the Colorado Buffaloes in which Thomas Welsh scored 20 points in 9 of 10 shooting from the field.
Key statistic: OR made its last 10 free throws to seal the victory.
It was the Beavers' 14th consecutive win in the rivalry dating back to 2011, and snapped the Ducks' nine-game winning streak. Ernie Kent has the school record with 235 victories. Kenny Wooten's 56th block of the season passed ASU's Mario Bennett and Washington's Marquese Chriss for eighth place on the Pac-12 single-season list for freshmen.
Pritchard scored 25 points, capped by four free throws in the final 6.7 seconds, to help OR hold off UCLA for a 94-91 win on Saturday night.
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