No. 6 Bruins Blast Beavers, 84-49

Feb. 21, 2008

LOS ANGELES (AP)-- Russell Westbrook scored 17 points, Darren Collison had 14 points and nine assists and No. 6 UCLA routed Oregon State 84-49 on Thursday night to increase its lead in the Pac-10 to one game.

Kevin Love had 11 points and nine rebounds, just missing his 16th double-double for the Bruins (23-3, 11-2), who gained on idle Stanford. The ninth-ranked Cardinal don't play until Sunday.

Josh Tarver scored 10 points for Oregon State (6-20, 0-14), which lost its 16th in a row overall and seventh straight to the Bruins.

The Beavers barely surpassed their lowest point total of the season, 44 against Southern California on Jan. 24.

UCLA shot 55 percent from the field, its best effort since hitting 57 percent against Arizona on Feb. 2. The Bruins had shot no better than 34 percent in their previous two games against Washington and USC.

They dominated the boards 43-24, went 15-of-19 from the free throw line and piled up 20 assists to Oregon State's six.

It was no contest from the opening tip, with UCLA racing to a 10-4 lead, helped by Collison's 3-pointer and five straight points by Love.

The Beavers got within one on a 3-pointer by Omari Johnson before UCLA ran off 14 consecutive points for a 24-9 lead.

Oregon State outscored UCLA 14-10, but still got no closer than 11 points. Love hit two free throws to spark a 15-4 run that ended the half with the Bruins ahead 49-27. He sent an outlet pass to Westbrook, who lost the ball in the air, regained control, scored and drew a foul.

In last month's 85-62 win in Corvallis, Ore., the Bruins only led by four points at halftime. They had faced no such challenge this time.

Fans began leaving en masse with 7 minutes remaining and UCLA ahead by 36 points.

Oregon State never came closer than 20 points on Tarver's opening basket of the second half. The Bruins fan off 10 straight points, including four in a row by Lorenzo Mata-Real, for a 73-37 lead. Mata-Real finished with 11 points.

Coach Ben Howland relied on his bench the rest of the way, giving minutes to freshman Chace Stanback and sophomores Nikola Dragovic and Mustafa Abdul-Hamid.

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