UCLA holds off Ore­gon State by four

Antelope Valley Press - - SPORTS - By GARY HOROWITZ

COR­VAL­LIS, Ore. — Chris Smith scored nine of his 15 points down the stretch, lead­ing UCLA to a 62-58 vic­tory over Ore­gon State on Thurs­day night.

The Bru­ins (10-9, 3-3 Pac12) made their last nine free throws in the last two min­utes to stay in front.

Zach Re­ichle made two free throws with 11.6 sec­onds left that brought Ore­gon State (12-7, 2-5) to within one point at 56-55.

Jalen Hill then made two free throws for UCLA, his first points of the game.

Tyger Camp­bell fouled Ore­gon State’s Ethan Thomp­son with 6.6 sec­onds left, pre­vent­ing him from get­ting off a 3-poin­ter.

Thomp­son made both free

throws cut­ting the lead to one.

Hill went back to the line at the 5.4-sec­ond mark and came through again with two free throws.

Thomp­son made one of two free throws with 3.1 sec­onds re­main­ing, and UCLA’s

Jules Bernard con­verted two free throws for UCLA to seal the win.

UCLA opened the sec­ond half on a 13-2 run and took its big­gest lead at 39-26 on Jaime Jaquez Jr.’s fast-break layup with 15:05 re­main­ing.

Ore­gon State’s Tres Tin­kle scored in­side and Al­fred Hollins hit a 3-poin­ter, cut­ting the lead to 42-36.

Thomp­son’s three-point play brought the Beavers within two points at 43-41.

Ore­gon State took its first lead since early in the game at 44-43 with 7:21 re­main­ing on Tres Tin­kle’s three-point play, cul­mi­nat­ing an 18-4 run.

UCLA led 27-24 at the break and held Tin­kle with­out a bas­ket. Ore­gon State con­nected on just 31.6 per­cent of its shots in the first half and was out­re­bounded 18-10.

As­so­ci­ated Press

HOLD ON — UCLA’s Cody Ri­ley (2) and Prince Ali (23) de­fend against Ore­gon State’s Ky­lor Kel­ley (24) dur­ing the first half of an NCAA col­lege bas­ket­ball game in Cor­val­lis, Ore. on Thurs­day.

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