UCLA Beats Oregon St. In Low Scoring Affair
By Bruin Basketball Report
Freshman Reeves Nelson recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds to help UCLA beat Oregon St. 62-52.
With the win the Bruins (10-11, 5-4) split their road trip to the state of Oregon and hold onto third place in the Pac-10.
Seniors Nikola Dragovic and Michael Roll added 13 and 11 points respectively in the low scoring affair in Corvallis.
In a battle of zone defenses the game was played mostly at a snails pace, and as a result, UCLA only attempted 35 shots in the entire contest.
Fortunately the Bruins were efficient from the field, hitting 65.7% including 75% in the second half.
After hoisting up 33 three-point shots in their loss against Oregon on Thursday, UCLA made an effort to get the ball inside against Oregon St. 1-3-1 zone. For the game the Bruins attempted just 9 three-points shots and hitting on 4 of them for 44.4%. They scored 34 of their points in the paint.Box s
Both teams struggled early in the game to score before UCLA ended the first half on an 11-2 run to lead 24-18 at halftime.
The Beavers stayed close throughout the second half and only trailed the Bruins 38-35 before UCLA went on a 12-2 run to finally pull away for good.
Oregon St. only managed to shoot 37.3% against UCLA's 2-3 zone defense and hit just 5 of 23 from beyond the arc for 21.7%.
With the Pac-10 season now half over, the Bruins return home to play against Stanford on Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion.