No. 5 Bruins Blast Beavers, 82-35
Feb. 3, 2007
The Bruins (20-2, 9-2 Pac-10) maintained a one-game lead over Southern California in the conference standings going into Wednesday's game between the crosstown rivals.
UCLA built a season-high 30-point lead in the first half, when it shot 70 percent from the floor, and held the Beavers to a season-low 18 points. The Bruins are 13-0 at Pauley Pavilion this season after winning their final four home games last season.
Oregon State (9-15, 1-10) lost its sixth in a row and got swept by the Bruins for the second year in a row. Marcel Jones was the only player in double figures with 16.
The Beavers scored a season-worst 35 points - six fewer than their previous low against Hawaii on Nov. 19. They shot 31 percent from the floor, had 21 turnovers, got outrebounded 37-29 and had nine assists to 24 for UCLA.
Oregon State was out of contention from the opening tip, when the Bruins opened with a 20-5 burst and kept on going.
Freshman Mustafa Abdul-Hamid got into his second Pac-10 game of the season, hitting a 3-pointer that pushed UCLA's lead to 45 points. That began an exodus by fans eager to escape outside into a warm winter's day.
Darren Collison added 10 assists before leaving early and giving Russell Westbrook a lengthy turn at running the offense. Westbrook scored eight of his 11 points during a 17-3 run that ended the first half.
The Bruins scored 29 points off Oregon State's turnovers. By game's end, their shooting had cooled to 58 percent.
Hardly needing to talk strategy, the Bruins came out of their locker room four minutes early to start the second half. The Beavers emerged with 1 1/2 minutes remaining.
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