LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- On a night when the other two ranked teams in the Pac-10 Conference were upset, freshman Ian Crosswhite would not allow No. 19 Oregon to suffer a similar fate.
Crosswhite scored eight of his 22 points in overtime to lead the Ducks to a 96-91 victory over UCLA.
The Australian forward shot 9-of-18 off the bench and added 12 rebounds.
"This game meant a lot to me," Crosswhite said. "I'm coming out of a five-game slump. And to do it at that point of the game just makes me ecstatic."
With top-ranked Arizona and No. 24 California losing Thursday night, Oregon got off to a rocky start, falling behind, 18-8, early. By halftime, the Ducks (15-4, 5-3 Pac-10) were ahead, 42-35, but UCLA (4-12, 2-6) would not go away.
"We started off extremely well for the first time in six weeks," UCLA senior Jason Kapono said. "Actually built a lead. We tried to sustain that throughout the game but it was tough. I wouldn't know how to classify this as our best game. We just couldn't get that stop down the stretch."
The Bruins shot 62.5 percent (15-of-24) in the second half and Kapono gave them an 80-79 lead on a pair of free throws with 1:15 left. Kapono led the Bruins with 21 points.
At the other end, Crosswhite made a short jumper in the paint with 50 seconds left to get the lead back for Oregon, but UCLA sent the game to overtime when freshman Ryan Hollins made 1-of-2 free throws 11 seconds later.
Both teams led in overtime. Crosswhite put the Ducks ahead to stay by converting a three-point play with 1:19 left for a 92-91 lead. Luke Ridnour hit four free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
"We're obviously discouraged that we didn't get the win tonight," embattled UCLA coach Steve Lavin said. "It would have been wind in the sails."
Ridnour, who sat out for most of the second half with four fouls, had 11 points and 10 assists. Luke Jackson, who was not expected to play with a severe cut on his hand, led the Ducks with 27 points.
"I wasn't really sure if I wanted to play," Jackson said. "The pain level was high. I got out there and I just told myself I was going to play some good defense and get some open looks."
Hollins made his second start at center for UCLA, notching season highs with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Michael Fey, Hollins' backup, also had 11 points.
Dijon Thompson had 17 points for the Bruins but cost his team some momentum when he was hit with a technical foul for taunting after he made a layup along the baseline to give UCLA a 53-51 lead early in the second half.
Jackson hit both technical free throws to tie the game, and the see-saw battle continued.
Oregon won its fifth straight game after dropping three of four to start the month. Meanwhile, UCLA suffered its seventh loss in a row, marking its longest streak since 1946.
"We've just got to improve," Lavin said. "If not for this year, then for the future of the program. In this league, there's not a big separation between first place and eighth place. As discouraging and disappointing as it is to have seven consecutive losses, I thought there were some positives. Moral victories add up to wins."
The Ducks have won all 11 games in which Crosswhite has scored in double figures.