NCAA Basketball: UCLA Gets First Taste of Defeat This Year At the Hands of Oregon
The Oregon Ducks were able to deal the UCLA Bruins their first loss of the season in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night.
In a post-game report by CBS Sports, it was star forward Dillon Brooks who was the catalyst for the Ducks win, when he grabbed the crucial rebound from a free throw miss by Bryce Alford. Upon gaining possession of the rebound, he immediately called for their last time out, so they could draw up a play.
After the inbound, the ball was once again in Brooks' hands, with only 0.8 seconds left. Despite the tight defense of opposing point guard Lonzo Ball, Brooks sank the final three-point shot, giving his team the 89-87 victory.
UCLA is currently ranked number two in the nation, but they finally sank to their first defeat. For Brooks, it is a moment that the Oregon superstar will be relishing for the rest of his career.
"It's amazing. You work on your game every day and you dream of that moment," Brooks said via ESPN.com. "I want more moments like that for my team."
As for the final play that led the Ducks to victory, Brooks says head coach Dana Altman called for the ball to be handed to point guard Payton Pritchard, who at the time had the hot hand. But instead, he chose to make some last-minute changes, which ended up working out for him and his team. And for coach Altman, Brooks' risk-taking attitude is what makes him a valuable asset to the team.
"We had an option to get to the basket or shoot it, and (Brooks) felt like he liked the shot and he was right," Altman said. "Who am I to argue? Dillon likes those big moments and hit or miss, he's willing to take the consequences for it."
Brooks ended the night with 23 points, along with nine rebounds and four assists. Pritchard was second on the stats sheet with 15 points and nine assists.
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