UCLA Builds Big First-Half Lead, Holds On To Defeat Oregon St

UCLA has beaten Oregon State 12 straight times.

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UCLA Holds On, Beats Oregon St, 62-57

Corvallis, OR (Sports Network) - Reeves Nelson scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the UCLA Bruins to a 62-57 win over the Oregon State Beavers in a Pac-10 Conference showdown at Gill Coliseum. Lazeric Jones also added 13 points for the Bruins (10-6, 2-2 PAC-10), while Joshua Smith chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds.

OSU (7-9, 2-3) was paced by Roberto Nelson, who netted 13 points in a losing effort. The Bruins took control of the contest in the first half, shooting 65.2 percent from the floor, to take a 37-22 lead at the break. UCLA kept the pressure on in the second stanza, knocking down 8-of-14 free- throws en route to a five-point victory. The Bruins were tenacious on defense, limiting the Beavers to just 32.3 percent shooting from the floor, including a dismal 3-of-16 performance from three-point territory.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Bruins Nation.

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UCLA Heads To Corvallis To Battle Beavers

The UCLA Bruins look to get back on track tonight in Corvallis, Oregon, battling the Oregon State Beavers at Gill Coliseum. The Bruins have defeated the Beavers 11 straight times, by an average of 22.4 points per game, including winning their last five in Corvallis. UCLA has lost two straight games after a six-game winning streak.

UCLA guard Lazeric Jones has a ruptured tendon in the middle finger of his right hand, which was injured in the loss to Washington on December 31. Jones started and played 22 minutes against the Trojans, but he has missed all 10 field goal attempts in his last two games. Jones on the season is shooting 39.6% from three-point range.

Oregon State opened conference play with two home wins against the Arizona schools, but suffered two losses on the road to Washington and Washington State last weekend. Guard Jared Cunningham leads the Beavers with 14.6 points and 3.1 steals per contest this season. Omari Johnson leads the Beavers with 6.5 rebounds per game, a number eclipsed by three Bruins (Reeves Nelson, Tyler Honeycutt, and Joshua Smith).

UCLA is 8-1 when they lead at halftime this season, and 1-5 when they don't. Tonight's 5:30 p.m. PST game will be televised on Prime Ticket, with Bill Macdonald, Don MacLean, and Courtney Jones on the call.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Bruins Nation.

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