Ducks lose to UCLA on late Wear putback

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EUGENE — Travis Wear didn’t really have time to think.

“It fell in my hands and I knew we only had a few seconds left so I put it up,” he said.

His putback with 5.3 seconds to go gave UCLA a 70-68 victory over slumping Oregon on Thursday night.

Jordan Adams finished with 19 points for UCLA (17-4, 6-2 Pac-12), which has won five of its last six games to sit at second in the league’s standings behind top-ranked Arizona.

Norman Powell added 17.

“It came down to our toughness,” Powell said. “We knew that we couldn’t give in.”

Joseph Young had 25 points for Oregon (14-6, 2-8), which was coming off a 71-44 victory over Washington State that snapped a five-game losing streak, the team’s longest since 2011. The string of losses stopped a 13-game winning streak that had Oregon ranked as high as No. 10 in the rankings.

“This is not where we want to be, where we thought we’d be,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said.

The Bruins were coming off a 76-64 victory at home over California last Sunday.

Norman Powell’s fast-break layup and free throw gave UCLA a 62-52 lead — its largest of the game to that point — with 7:20 left.

Oregon closed the gap with consecutive layups by Jason Calliste and Young to make it 65-62 with 3:21 left. Young added a free throw before Calliste hit a 3-pointer to pull Oregon in front 66-65 with 1:40 left.

Kyle Anderson missed a free throw for UCLA and Tony Parker missed a put-back layup before fouling out. Richard Amardi made both the free throws to make it 68-65 for the Ducks, but Adams hit a layup and added a free throw to tie it at 68 with just under a minute left — before Wear hit the winning basket.

Johnathan Loyd missed a jumper for the Ducks as time ran out. After the game, Altman said the plan was for Loyd to drive down the court then kick the ball out to Young for the final shot.

“We knew UCLA would pack it in a little bit inside and not let us get to the rim, so we thought we would have an opportunity to get Joe a clean look,” Altman said. “We just didn’t get it.”

Also on Thursday:

No. 3 Florida 62, Mississippi St 51: STARKVILLE, Miss. — Casey Prather scored 16 points, Patric Young added 12 and Florida won its 12th straight.

No. 10 Michigan 75, Purdue 66: ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Caris LeVert had 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for his first career double-double, and Michigan won its 10th straight.

No. 13 Cincinnati 69, No. 12 Louisville 66: LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Sean Kilpatrick scored 28 points, including six free throws down the stretch that helped Cincinnati rally.