The just-completed two-game trip to Oregon provided the greatest example yet of the Bruins' season-long struggle with consistency.
Thursday at Oregon State, UCLA started poorly, fell behind by 11 points, then used a 24-3 run to take control for good. The combined second-half margin was 52-27, arguably its best stretch of the season.
Saturday at Oregon, UCLA had a very good start, led by 12 points, then was on the wrong side of a 22-3 run (including 18-0) and got buried in the second half. The Ducks won those final 20 minutes, 44-27, a dismal stretch for the Bruins that included 6:38 without them scoring a point.
"In the second half, they just kind of took the game," Bruin Coach Steve Lavin said of Oregon. "I think what made it even more disappointing was that we had played so well before in every aspect of the game. Then those last 25 minutes, we played so poorly."