LOS ANGELES –
Oregon State went toe-to-toe with No. 10 UCLA into the second half on Sunday before the Bruins pulled away for a 78-60 victory in a Pac-12 game at Pauley Pavilion.
Sophomore guard Stephen Thompson Jr.
scored 18 points and sophomore center Drew Eubanks
added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Beavers (4-22, 0-13). Redshirt freshman guard Kendal Manuel
and freshman guard JaQuori McLaughlin
added nine points each.
The Beavers hung with the Bruins (23-3, 10-3) for much of the first half and took a 27-24 lead on a 3-ball by McLaughlin with 2:39 remaining before the break. However, UCLA answered with a closing 8-0 run to assume a 32-27 intermission edge.
OSU pulled within 36-32 with 18:29 to play on a 3-pointer by Thompson Jr. UCLA answered with an 11-2 run over the next three minutes to build a 47-34 advantage with 15:59 to play and the Beavers didn't get closer than 10 points thereafter.
Thompson was 7 of 16 from the floor and 4 of 7 from beyond the arc in reaching double figures for the 19th
consecutive game this season and for the 40th
time in his 52-game career.
Eubanks was 6 of 8 from the field in hitting double figures for the 20th
time this season and the 31st
time in his career.
McLaughlin's aforementioned 3-pointer gave him 49 for the season, a school record for a freshman. Thompson Jr. set the previous standard of 48 last season. He also had four assists.
Manuel was 3 of 6 on 3-pointers. He is closing in on the former school record as well, as he now has 43 this season.
Sophomore center Gligorije Rakocevic
had a team-high nine rebounds, a career high. His former best was seven most recently against Arizona State on Feb. 4.
The Beavers resume Pac-12 action at 6 p.m. Thursday when they host Colorado at Gill Coliseum. The game will be televised by Pac-12 Networks. The homestand concludes against Utah at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday in a game to be televised by ESPNU.
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