EUGENE, Ore. — Prince Ali summed it up in five words as he exited the victorious UCLA locker room.”That was highway robbery, baby,” a beaming Ali said after the Bruins erupted for 39 points in 12 minutes for a road win.
Down 17 in the second half & down 9 with under a minute to go, the Bruins kept battling.Watch highlights of tonight’s comeback in Eugene.#UCLAvsORE | #GoBruins pic.twitter.com/KRDpw718sc
— UCLA Basketball (@UCLAMBB) January 11, 2019
Ali had 22 points, including four in overtime, and UCLA scored the final seven points to outlast Oregon 87-84 on Thursday night.
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Jaylen Hands added 16 points and hit the go-ahead jumper with 47 seconds left for the Bruins (10-6, 3-0), who won in Eugene for the first time in five years. Moses Brown, who had 10 points and 11 rebounds, made one of two free throws for the final point.
“It’s one of the more crazy ones,” said interim coach Murry Bartow, who is 3-0 since replacing Steve Alford as UCLA’s coach. “We didn’t score the ball very easily tonight, but then we made a great run to get the thing to overtime.
“My head’s spinning right now, so I’m not even sure what I said (in the locker room). I’m just really proud of them.”
UCLA defeats Oregon, 87-84, in OT after trailing by nine with 51 seconds left in regulation.It’s the largest deficit overcome in the final minute of a Pac-12 game, and ties the sixth-largest deficit overcome in the final minute in Div. I history.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 11, 2019
Oregon coach Dana Altman didn’t have an explanation, either.
“There’s no easy way to spin that one,” Altman said, “that’s a gut punch. . I wish I could help them more, I wish I could do a better job, but obviously that hurts them. They’re crushed. They played really …