Bruins Drop Pac-10 Opener to OSU

The young Bruins get their first dose of a Pac-10 road game and lose in Corvallis to a good Oregon State team, 85-80...

UCLA's young team went on the road in the Pac-10 for the first time and learned what it was all about, losing to Oregon State Friday in Corvallis, 85-80.

Two starting freshmen, point guard Jordan Farmar and shooting guard Arron Afflalo, struggled. Farmar, after scoring 11 points in the first half, finished with 12, and 9 turnovers, six of them coming in the second half. Afflalo was 1 for 4 shooting, finished with 3 points and 1 rebound in 27 minutes.

The other starting freshman, swingman Josh Shipp, had 8 points and 3 rebounds.

Junior center Mike Fey led the team with 23 poins, and senior forward Dijon Thompson finished with 20.

UCLA also out-rebounded Oregon State, 43-27.

Most of the time, if you had been told before the game that Fey would get 23 points and UCLA would out-rebound an opponent by 16 you'd think the Bruins would win.

UCLA, using an 11-0 run, actually led at halftime, 42-37.

The Bruins zoned OSU, trying to limit the Beavers's inside strength. Beaver forward David Lucas was tough to guard and scored 21.

But while UCLA zoned, OSU's shooters came alive. Senior guard J.S. Nash was five for five from three, and finished with 20 points. The Beavers made six three-pointers in the first eight minutes of the second half, and Nash hit two of them in a 51-second span to build a 61-51 lead.

The Bruins cut the lead a couple of times in the second half to three, but couldn't get closer.

Lorenzo Mata, the freshman post, had seven rebounds in just ten minutes. Ryan Hollins played just 2 minutes.

UCLA falls to 6-3 overall. Oregon State is 9-3. The Bruins will take on Oregon Sunday in Eugene.

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