LOS ANGELES — After an outstanding start and a major slump, the Oregon Ducks are on a roll again. Whether or not it continues and results in a bid to the NCAA Tournament remains to be seen.
Joseph Young scored 26 points including the go-ahead 3-pointer in the second overtime, Mike Moser pulled down a season-high 20 rebounds, and Oregon outlasted short-handed UCLA 87-83 Thursday night.
The Ducks won their first 13 games of the season and were ranked as high as 10th before losing eight of their next 10, although the final three losses were by two points each including a 70-68 setback to the Bruins in Eugene last month.
Oregon (19-8, 7-8 Pac-12) has rebounded to win its last four.
“We found a way and this time of year you need to do that,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “I am really disappointed we didn’t finish out like we needed to but the guys showed some resilience and found a way.”
The Bruins forced overtime on a 3-point shot by David Wear as time expired, making it 71-all. The Ducks had taken a 71-68 lead on two foul shots by Young with 1.3 seconds remaining before Travis Wear threw a long pass to his brother, who connected from about 30 feet away.
The Bruins got a 3-pointer from freshman Bryce Alford with 6.8 seconds left to draw within one point and had a chance to take the lead after an Oregon turnover, but freshman Zach LaVine missed from long range and Oregon got the rebound before Young’s foul shots appeared to clinch the victory. It didn’t happen that way, but the Ducks persevered.
“This team has a lot of heart,” Moser said. “We are trying to own this season and keep it on track. It was really a good win.”
The Bruins played without Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson, their top two scorers. The sophomore guards were suspended for the game for what first-year coach Steve Alford called a violation of team rules. Alford said the pair will return to action Sunday night when the Bruins entertain Oregon State in their final home game of the season.