Beavers Fall To UCLA, 68-65, In OT

Feb. 24, 2001

AP Sports Writer

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Earl Watson scored 20 points and Billy Knight hit abig 3-pointer in overtime as No. 15 UCLA defeated Oregon State 68-65 Saturdayfor its seventh straight win.

Knight added 16 points and Dan Gadzuric had 15 for the Bruins (19-6, 12-2Pac-10).

Jason Heide scored 19 points to lead the Beavers (10-17, 4-11). BrianJackson had 16.

Knight's 3-pointer gave the Bruins a 64-60 lead with 49.6 seconds left inovertime. Oregon State's Jimmie Haywood responded with a 3-pointer, but Watson- who missed three straight free throws in the final minute of regulation -made two straight for a 66-63 lead with 23.3 seconds left.

Matt Barnes and Watson combined to make two of four foul shots, and OregonState had a final chance to tie with 11.1 seconds left. But Jackson's 3-pointerwas short.

UCLA coach Steve Lavin was so angry at the second-half calls that wentagainst his team, especially those made by referee Craig Grismore, that thecoach motioned several times to Lou Campanelli, the Pac-10 coordinator ofofficiating - who was sitting nine rows behind the scorers' table - and pleadedfor Grismore to be thrown out of the league.

At least three times Lavin made a throat-cutting gesture, looking up atCampanelli and yelling, 'Get him out of here!' Lavin was not assessed atechnical foul.

'I cannot believe this guy,' Lavin said after Gadzuric fouled Jackson latein the game. 'He's the worst official in the country.'

UCLA beat Oregon State for the 15th time in 16 games, but the Beavers easilycould have pulled off the upset.

The Beavers led by eight with 8:18 left, but went the rest of regulationwithout making a basket. An awkward, leaning jumper by Watson put UCLA ahead57-56. At the other end, Jackson went baseline and was fouled by Gadzuric, butJackson made only one of two shots with 18.5 seconds left and Gadzuric'sairball sent the game to overtime.

There were eight lead changes in the first half, but Oregon State -confident after upsetting Southern California on Thursday night - surged aheadwith a 12-2 run. Haywood had seven points, including a putback on a missedlayup by Deaundra Tanner on the fast break that gave the Beavers a 30-23 lead.

Mike Cokley, a 5-foot-8 guard who probably wouldn't be playing at all thisseason except for a series of injuries to the Beavers, had a terrific firsthalf without scoring a point. Not only did he have to guard Watson, but he tooka charge from Barnes and had two assists.

A transition layup by Haywood on a pass from Cokley put the Beavers ahead33-25 at halftime. Oregon State shot 58 percent in the half.

UCLA scored the first six points on the second half and the game was closethe rest of the way. Oregon State got its eight-point lead back when Tanner andAdam Masten hit consecutive 3-pointers to make it 52-44 with 8:18 to go.

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