UCLA Holds Off Oregon State
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Jason Kapono had 20 points and 13 rebounds as UCLAbeat Oregon State 69-66 Thursday night.
Ray Young added 19 points and nine rebounds for UCLA (7-17, 4-11 Pac-10),which remains in the hunt for a berth in the conference tournament.
Oregon State (12-12, 5-10) missed a chance to clinch a spot in the Pac-10tournament. The Beavers, fifth in the conference, face sixth-place SouthernCalifornia on Saturday. The top eight teams advance to the tournament March13-15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Philip Ricci led the Beavers with 15 points.
UCLA opened with a 10-3 lead, but committed 13 first-half turnovers asOregon State made a quick comeback.
J.S. Nashs no-look pass to David Lucas on a fast break gave the Beavers a30-25 advantage, but the Bruins pulled into a 30-30 halftime tie.
The game stayed tight early in the second half until Young hit back-to-back3-pointers to give UCLA its biggest lead, 52-44.
The Beavers rallied again. Brian Jackson's 3-pointer with 1:07 left pullingthem to within 64-63.
A Young put-back made it 66-63 with 45 seconds remaining.
Lamar Hurd then missed a key 3-pointer with at 17 seconds left and UCLA putthe game away at the free throw line.
Jimmy Haywood hit a meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer for Oregon State,which shot 36 percent for the game.