OSU men's basketball: No. 24 Bruins too much for short-handed Beavers

2013-01-17T22:15:00Z OSU men's basketball: No. 24 Bruins too much for short-handed BeaversCorvallis Gazette-Times Lebanon Express
January 17, 2013 10:15 pm  • 

LOS ANGELES — On paper, it was a mismatch.

UCLA was on a nine-game win streak and ranked 24th.

Oregon State was 0-3 to start Pac-12 Conference play.

The Bruins are loaded with tall, long, athletic players. The Beavers were down four due to suspensions and injuries and three were big men.

Nevertheless, OSU coach Craig Robinson was disappointed that the Beavers couldn’t keep closing in a 74-64 men’s basketball loss at the new Pauley Pavilion.

“It’s disappointing,” Robinson said. “This is another opportunity playing against a ranked team and, albeit short-handed, you want to play well for the entire time.”

The Beavers (10-7, 0-4) found themselves down 20 early in the second half, but whittled away and got it to 58-48 on a 3-pointer by Roberto Nelson with 10 minutes, 3 seconds to go.

The 10-point gap lasted all of 13 seconds.

Shabazz Muhammad hit a 3 for UCLA and the Bruins quickly built a 17-point lead.

“We’re not into moral victories any longer and we wanted to cut that thing under 10 and maybe put some pressure on them,” Robinson said. “You have to make some toughness plays there.”

Big UCLA runs plagued the Beavers all game.

It started early. The Beavers were clicking on offense, and set plays resulted in easy baskets.

A 20-7 burst gave the Bruins control.

“I think what happens is when we get tired, we stop running our stuff,” Robinson said. “I know our guys were tired because they were playing hard. We were short-handed, so the bench was a little short. I think when we got tired we started to move away from what we do offensively and what got us going in the beginning of the first half.”

The Beavers struggled to score in the first half, shooting 31.3 percent from the field and scoring 26 points.

OSU heated up somewhat in the second half but could not slow the Bruins.

UCLA outscored OSU 40-32 in the paint and 19-11 off turnovers.

“We’re giving up too many points too easily,” Robinson said. “What I’m seeing is we’re doing it in transition. I think in the half court we’ve gotten a lot better. Now we’ve got to get better at transition defense.”

Muhammad finished with 21 points, 6-foot-9 guard Kyle Anderson had 17 as did 6-10 Travis Wear.

“They’ve got great size, they’ve got good shooting ability to go along with all the other skills that those guys have,” Robinson said.

Nelson played well in his homecoming, hitting 7 of 14 from the field with two 3s for 17 points to lead the Beavers.

Joe Burton added 12 points and eight rebounds and Olaf Schaftenaar hit three 3s in the second half and finished with 10 points and four rebounds.

The Beavers will get a big boost for Saturday’s game at USC with the return of Eric Moreland and Victor Robbins from their three-game suspensions.

(24) UCLA 74, Oregon State 64

OREGON STATE (10-7): Starks 2-9 0-0 5, Barton 2-4 0-0 4, Burton 5-8 2-2 12, Morris-Walker 0-3 2-2 2, Schaftenaar 3-9 1-2 10, Reid 2-5 1-3 5, Collier 4-9 1-2 9, Nelson 7-14 1-3 17. Totals 25-61 8-14 64.

UCLA (15-3): Adams 1-6 0-0 2, Powell 2-5 0-0 5, Anderson 7-9 2-2 17, Drew II 1-6 0-0 2, D. Wear 3-10 0-0 6, Muhammad 8-14 2-3 21, Parker 1-3 2-4 4, T. Wear 6-9 4-4 17. Totals 29-62 10-13 74.

Halftime — UCLA 37-26. 3-Point Goals — Oregon St. 6-20 (Schaftenaar 3-9, Nelson 2-3, Starks 1-5, Barton 0-1, Morris-Walker 0-2), UCLA 6-12 (Muhammad 3-5, T. Wear 1-1, Anderson 1-1, Powell 1-2, Drew II 0-1, D. Wear 0-2). Fouled Out — T. Wear. Rebounds — Oregon St. 35 (Burton 8), UCLA 37 (Anderson 9). Assists — Oregon St. 14 (Barton, Burton 4), UCLA 19 (Drew II 9). Total Fouls — Oregon St. 12, UCLA 12. A — 8,721.

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