LOS ANGELES (AP) — Senior center Thomas Welch had 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds and Aaron Holiday had 17 points and 10 assists to lead UCLA to a 75-68 victory over Oregon State on Thursday night.
UCLA (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12) remained tied for second in the conference with USC with the win, despite going just 4 of 21 on its 3-point attempts (19 percent) and 23 of 37 from the free-throw line (62 percent).
Alfred Hollins led Oregon State (13-12, 5-8) with 24 points. Stephen Thompson Jr. had 13 points. The Bruins held Beavers’ leading scorer Tres Tinkle to 4-of-7 shooting and 11 points to snap Oregon State’s two-game winning streak.
UCLA was able to overcome its shooting woes by outrebounding the Beavers 51-33.
The Bruins had their fastbreak rolling early, going up by as many as 13 points with 7:50 left in the first half.
Oregon State’s defense tightened, however, and the Beavers pulled to within 38-34 before UCLA settled for a 42-36 lead at the half.
The Bruins lost at Oregon State last month.
Oregon State: Will have to finish strong in its last five games to get above the .500 mark in conference play and decent seeding for the conference tournament.
UCLA: After looking strong in wins over Arizona and USC, the Bruins had stumbled in their previous game against Arizona State but regained their form against the Beavers.
Oregon State: The Beavers head across town on Saturday to play at USC, a team they lost to in their first meeting 74-67 in Corvallis.
UCLA: Will play host to Oregon on Saturday. The Ducks won the first meeting last month in Eugene, 94-91.
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