January 23, 2022

No. 3 UCLA faces Oregon State after ’embarrassing’ loss to Oregon

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Jules Bernard rested his chin on the palms of his hands. Johnny Juzang was hanging his head in front of the microphone as he looked at the printed box score in front of him.

The two were not thrilled to answer questions after the third-ranked Bruins fell to Oregon in overtime Thursday night. The body language said it all.

Pure disappointment.

“We have to learn from our mistakes. We know we aren’t done. We played poorly, but it’s past us. We need to come into Saturday with our heads high looking to get a win for our team,” Bernard said after Thursday night’s 84-81 loss.

UCLA coach Mick Cronin said Wednesday’s practice was the worst of the year. He took blame for that. But the good thing about hoops is there’s generally another game around the corner to get back on track.

In the Bruins’ (10-2, 2-1 Pac-12) case, they’ll get that chance Saturday against Oregon State (3-12, 1-4) at 7:30 p.m in Pauley Pavilion.

Juzang agreed to the notion that Wednesday’s poor practice spilled into Thursday’s performance.

“We weren’t our sharpest in practice,” Juzang said. “I thought we had a really focused, locked-in, high-energy shootaround (before the game), but if you want to be one of the best teams in the country, it’s gotta be every single day.”

The Bruins shot 39.7% from the field, allowed 18 fast-break points to the Ducks and allowed six Oregon players to score in double figures. Cronin’s words to describe Thursday night’s loss were pretty cut and dry.

“To come out in the second half, have just four deflections, give up 52% (shooting) and 62% in overtime is an abomination,” he said. “It’s embarrassing.”

“I’ll fix it, though. Or I’ll get new players.”

Oregon’s Will Richardson and Jacob Young combined for all 11 of the team’s points in overtime. The Bruins have had trouble this season zeroing in on an opponent’s top scorer. It happened against Long Beach State, too. Joel Murray and Colin Slater combined for 57 points on Nov. 15.

The Beavers have a player in Jarod Lucas who can get hot from the 3-point line. The former Los Altos High star had six 3-pointers in a career-high 27-point outing Thursday night against USC. The Trojans were able to win 81-71, but the Beavers had a one-point advantage with 3:55 to play.

Lucas is averaging 14.3 points per game. Warith Alatishe is the team’s other double-digit scorer at 12.3 points per game. Dashawn Davis averages 9.4 points per game.

Oregon State, just 10 months removed from its magical Elite Eight run in the NCAA Tournament, is winless on the road this season.

Oregon State (3-12, 1-4) at No. 3 UCLA (10-2, 2-1)

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Pauley Pavilion

TV/radio: Pac-12 Networks / AM 1150

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