One month after an underwhelming start to the season sent Oregon plummeting out of the top five in the polls, the Ducks showed signs they may yet evolve into the elite team they were supposed to be.
They rode the brilliance of preseason All-American Dillon Brooks on Wednesday night to maybe the biggest win in the brief history of Matthew Knight Arena.
Brooks scored a season-high 23 points and sank the game-winning shot in Oregon’s thrilling 89-87 victory over previously unbeaten second-ranked UCLA. With the Ducks trailing by a point and the final seconds melting away, Brooks curled around a Jordan Bell screen, pulled up from just right of the top of the key and buried a contested go-ahead 3-pointer with only eight tenths of a second left.
Just to set the stage for Brooks’ game winner, Oregon had to surge back from eight points down with about three minutes to play. UCLA’s Bryce Alford could have extended the Bruins’ lead to three prior to Oregon’s final possession, but the 87 percent foul shooter missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 15 seconds to go, giving Brooks the chance he’d been craving.
“It feels amazing,” Brooks said on ESPN2 immediately after
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