Oregon State center/forward Joe Butler (11), left and guard Challe Barton (4), of Sweden, defend UCLA guard David Wear in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Thursday, January 17, 2013 11:05 pm
No. 24 UCLA beats Oregon St. 74-64
By BETH HARRISAP Sports Writer
Travis Wear added 17 points for the Bruins (15-3, 5-0 Pac-12), who equaled their longest winning streak since the 2008-09 season. They have won 23 of the last 24 games played against Oregon State on their home court.
Roberto Nelson scored 17 points and Joe Burton added 12 points for the Beavers (10-7, 0-4). They lost their fourth straight and fifth in their last six.
The Beavers had the upper hand in the game's opening minutes before the Bruins took over for good. Ahead by 11 at halftime, UCLA ran off 11 straight points early in the second half to take a 48-28 lead.
Muhammad had a three-point play, Wear and Jordan Adams had baskets and Anderson scored four straight points during the run that put the Beavers in a double-digit deficit the rest of the game.
Oregon State got to 58-48 during an 8-0 run capped by Nelson's 3-pointer. But Muhammad answered with a 3-pointer to key a 7-0 spurt and extend UCLA's lead to 65-48.
The Beavers were held under their 75.7-point scoring average. They are one of two Pac-12 teams with five players averaging double figures, but only three players reached that mark in the game.
The Beavers opened the game on a 12-7 run while UCLA struggled with turnovers and missed shots. The Bruins settled down and outscored the Beavers 20-7 to take a 27-19 lead. Muhammad and Norman Powell hit consecutive 3-pointers, while Travis Wear had six points in the spurt.
Anderson and Muhammad combined to score UCLA's final eight points of the first half, extending its lead to 37-26.
Oregon State forward Eric Moreland and guard Victor Robbins were suspended for the game after violating team rules. They will be available to play at Southern California on Saturday.
Former UCLA star Jamaal Wilkes had his No. 52 jersey retired at halftime, with former Bruins stars Bill Walton, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Mike Warren on hand. He helped lead the Bruins to NCAA championships in 1972 and 1973 under coach John Wooden. Wilkes had his jersey retired by the Los Angeles Lakers last month, and he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last year.