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LOS ANGELES — Oregon State battled but still couldn’t find an answer on the road.

A late 11-2 UCLA run proved to be a difficult hurdle as the Bruins pulled away from the Beavers for a 75-68 Pac-12 men’s basketball win at Pauley Pavilion.

Freshman forward Alfred Hollins and a season-high 24 points plus six rebounds for the Beavers (13-12, 5-8 Pac-12), who took their 20th straight loss in true road games, the 15th in Pac-12 play.

That run by the Bruins (18-8, 8-5) put OSU down 11.

The Beavers clawed back and got within four on a Hollins layin with 49 seconds left. But too many missed free throws and field goals down the stretch got the best of the visitors.

Stevie Thompson added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists; Tres Tinkle 11 points, four rebounds and seven assists; Ethan Thompson nine points and eight rebounds; and Drew Eubanks six points, nine rebounds and six blocks for OSU, which will regroup to play at USC on Saturday night.

Aaron Holiday had 17 points and 10 assists for the Bruins.

Hollins opened the second half as he did the game on the offensive end.

He scored six points in the opening five minutes after halftime, including a 3-pointer as part of a 10-0 run that put the Beavers in the lead.

Stevie Thompson’s two free throws with 14:58 left capped that run to put OSU ahead 49-48.

UCLA came back with six straight, as Eubanks, who had two blocks early in the half, left the floor with his third foul during that stretch.

Welsh, the Bruins’ talented 7-footer, scored four quick points after Eubanks went to the bench.

The Beavers kept it close for about three minutes before a Holiday 3-pointer opened a 5-0 UCLA run that made it a seven-point game with 10:21 left.

But Oregon State didn’t go away.

Stevie Thompson hit a 3-pointer and Tres Tinkle added two foul shots to quickly get it back to two.

The Beavers had the game within reach, but the Bruins took control from there.

OSU made just one field goal in a stretch of nearly five minutes.

Holiday and teammate Prince Ali combined for all 11 points in the 11-2 run that made it 71-60 with 5:21 remaining.

“I think the frustration was they kept getting to the free-throw line and we couldn’t,” OSU coach Wayne Tinkle said, noting the Bruins’ 37 attempts (making 23) and his team’s 18 (making 12).

Despite UCLA’s hot shooting start to the game, the Beavers outshot the Bruins from the field, 42.1 percent (24 of 57) to 39.3 percent (24 of 61).

But the Bruins won the rebounding category in a big way, 51-33, including 18 offensive boards.

UCLA was held to 37.9 percent, its second-lowest shooting percentage of the season, in the teams’ first meeting, a 69-63 OSU win in Corvallis.

The Bruins opened Thursday’s game more like the Pac-12’s top scoring team in conference games.

The home team took advantage of some poor transition defense by the Beavers to break the game open midway through the first half.

UCLA made 12 of its first 20 field goals to lead 27-20. The Bruins found open lanes to the basket, and when they weren’t finishing they were often fouled.

Oregon State fell behind by 13 (32-19) before it was able to gain some momentum.

“We didn’t have the defensive intensity to start the game,” coach Tinkle said.

Alfred Hollins had nine of the Beavers’ first 14 points. Later, his two free throws were part of a 7-0 run that helped OSU get back in the game.

Ronnie Stacy tipped away a Holiday pass, Tres Tinkle gathered it and completed a three-point play on the other end to get the Beavers within six.

Eubanks had two dunks in an 8-0 run that closed the gap to two late in the half.

UCLA scored the last four points in the half and led 42-36 at the break.

Oregon State, which missed the front end of two one-and-one free-throw opportunities in the final 70 seconds, were led by Hollins’ 11 points and Tres Tinkle’s nine.

The Bruins went to halftime with a 25-14 rebounding advantage. The Beavers won that category the first time around, 45-37, with a season-high total.

OSU was down 18-2 in points in the paint early in the game but closed the deficit to 22-18 at halftime.


Sports Reporter

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