No. 20 Bruins Down Beavers, 79-54
March 5, 2009
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Josh Shipp scored 22 of his career-high 27 points in the first half, when No. 20 UCLA built a 24-point lead on the way to routing Oregon State 79-54 on Thursday night.
The second-place Bruins (23-7, 12-5) need to beat Oregon on Saturday and then wait to see if Washington State can upset No. 16 Washington for them to gain a share of their fourth consecutive Pac-10 regular season championship.
Otherwise, a Washington victory would give the Huskies their first outright title since 1953 and send the Bruins into next week's Pac-10 tournament as the No. 2 seed.
Nikola Dragovic added 13 points and Darren Collison had six points, eight assists and a career-best 11 rebounds for the Bruins, who have won four of five since getting swept in the Arizona desert.
The Beavers lost 69-46 to UCLA on Jan. 2, when they were held to 16 points in the first half.
They barely bettered that total in the rematch, trailing 43-19 at the break, with Shipp single-handedly outscoring the Beavers, who shot 27 percent from the field.
Tied at 11-all, the Bruins went on a 32-8 run to close the half as they shot 61 percent. They came in leading the nation in field goal percentage at 50 percent.
Shipp reeled off 17 straight points despite taking a brief rest on the bench. He hit three 3-pointers in his personal outburst and got out on the break for a dunk off a pass from Collison.
Shipp's previous career best was 25 points in an 86-75 loss at Washington on Jan. 24, when he made a career-high six 3-pointers.
Shipp took just four shots in the second half, when Oregon State never came close to cutting its deficit to single digits despite improved shooting. He hit his fifth 3-pointer and followed with a dunk that extended UCLA's lead to 58-36.
He left with 3:49 remaining and the Bruins ahead by 21 points. The other starters were taken out shortly thereafter.