UCLA is 17-0 when building leads of 10 points or more. Good thing, too, because the Bruins needed the extra cushion after allowing big leads in both halves to dwindle against Oregon State on Saturday.
Malcolm Lee scored 19 points before fouling out and UCLA won, 69-61, extending the Bruins’ winning streak against the Beavers to 13 games.
Kentwood High grad Joshua Smith added 15 points for UCLA (18-7, 9-3 Pac-10), which won its fifth in a row and ninth in 10 games.
Of course, it helped that the Bruins were playing the Beavers, who haven’t beaten them since the 2005 Pacific-10 Conference tournament, making UCLA’s domination the longest active streak between two teams.
“Our defense in the first half was just outstanding,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “Then we started turning the ball over with their press. We were up 10, 12 and didn’t know what we were going to do.”
Oregon State (9-15, 4-9) was led by Jared Cunningham with 14 points, and Devon Collier and Roberto Nelson had 10 each. The young Beavers – who started one senior, two sophomores and two freshmen — have lost nine out of 11. Third-year coach Craig Robinson has beaten every other Pac-10 team, but he’s 0-6 against the Bruins.
“We played hard, we just didn’t execute,” Robinson said.
UCLA’s Tyler Honeycutt added nine points, a career-high eight blocks – tops in the league this season – five assists and five rebounds.
Oregon 61, at Southern California 51: Malcolm Armstead had 14 points and five assists, scoring nine of his points in the final seven minutes including two free throws with 20 seconds left to help the Ducks (13-12, 6-7) beat the Trojans (13-12, 5-7), who got 22 points and 15 rebounds from Nikola Vucevic.