Earlier this season, UCLA struggled to figure out Oregon's double-screen up. The mistakes cost the Bruins a win at Eugene, Ore.
The same thing happened Saturday at Pauley Pavilion, only this time, UCLA knew it was coming. Oregon's offensive rotation repeatedly freed up sharp-shooting Tajuan Porter, who made long-range jumper after long-range jumper to answer a furious Bruins comeback. The 5-foot-7 guard torched UCLA's 2-3 zone for a game-high 29 points on seven 3-pointers in the 70-68 Bruins loss.
"We knew what was coming, we just couldn't stop him," guard Malcolm Lee said.
Oregon continued to set two screens high above the 3-point line and UCLA defenders went beneath them. Coach Ben Howland called the mistakes "mental things."
With less than a minute remaining and the score tied at 65-65, the Ducks ran the same play for Porter off a timeout. Guard Jerime Anderson went beneath the screen and Porter made him pay by hitting his last -- but biggest -- 3-pointer of the afternoon.
UCLA had stormed back from a 14-point deficit to tie it late in the second half but committed a pair of turnovers with chances to take the lead. Anderson turned the ball over on possessions before and after Porter's clutch shot.
"We just couldn't get over the hump, you know," said Michael Roll, who hit six 3-pointers to move into third place on UCLA's all-time list and played career game No. 134 -- the most in the program's history.
On the first mistake, Anderson tried to lead Tyler Honeycutt with a bounce pass, but was off point. On the second, he tossed an errant, no-look pass to Roll on the right wing in front of the UCLA bench.
"They had the right intentions, they were just pushing too much," Roll said.
Said Howland: "The one thing you want to do when you finally get the ball is be patient... I don't know if it's fatigue -- I have no answer for that."