Beavs run over by Bruins in second half

THINGS LOOKED GOOD for the Beavs at the end of the first half. Oregon State held a nine-point lead and appeared on the verge of sweeping UCLA for the first time in 26 years. But OSU committed 16 turnovers in the game, missed a ton of free throws and shot under 40 percent from the floor in the second half on their way to a 74-69 loss in Los Angeles.

Roberto Nelson, the Pac-12's leading scorer, had 23 points to lead the Beavers (15-13, 7-9).

Devon Collier added 15 points and Eric Moreland had 13 rebounds that propelled Oregon State to a 36-31 advantage on the boards. Oregon State beat UCLA, 71-67, in Corvallis four weeks ago. And looked like they were ready to do it again.

The Beavers built a 38-29 lead at halftime and extended it to 42-31 with 18:44 left in the second half on a layup by Moreland.

But was the last time it felt like OSU had momentum in the game.

The Bruins answered with a 6-0 run to cut the deficit to 42-37 and after an Oregon State basket went on a 10-2 run to take a 47-46 lead.

They weren't done, taking a 52-48 lead a few minutes later.

UCLA clinched the victory by making 11 of 12 free throws in the final 1:13 of the game.

For the game, UCLA hit 21-23 free throws. Oregon State barely managed 60 percent from the line, connecting on only 14-23.

The Bruins outscored Oregon State 20-5 off turnovers.

"You can't turn the ball over like we did and expect to win the game," Craig Robinson said. "If you take the combination of points off turnovers plus our missed foul shots, we really shot ourselves in the foot. On the positive side, we were right there playing toe-to-toe with them, you just can't turn the ball over like that when you are on the road."

Angus Brandt was a catalyst for the Beavers early in the opening frame, scoring Oregon State's first seven points of the night. He finished with nine points on 4-for-9 shooting.

Nelson helped the Beavers fight back in the second half, hitting a three at 8:20 that brought Oregon State within one, 54-53.

But UCLA then built a 63-57 lead with 4:15 left to play.

The Beavs led 38-29 at the half on 56 percent shooting.


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