LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Oregon State battled back from a 13-point first-half deficit to take a lead in the second frame but was unable to hang on in a 75-68 loss on Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion.
Freshman forward Alfred Hollins led the Beavers (13-12, 5-8 Pac-12) with a career-high 24 points. He went 7-for-11 from the field, 3-for-5 from beyond the arc and 7-for-10 from the free throw line for the best game of his young career.
Stephen Thompson Jr. added 13 points and Tres Tinkle extended his double-figure scoring streak to 28 games with 11 points.
Drew Eubanks added six points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots.
Oregon State outscored the Bruins 13-6 to open the second half, taking a 49-48 lead on two free throws by Thompson Jr. with 14:58 to play. Jaylen Hands answered with two free throws and UCLA would never relinquish the lead.
The Beavers fell behind by 13 points in the first half, but cut it to 38-36 on a dunk by Drew Eubanks, before the Bruins scored four straight to take a 42-36 lead at the break.
UCLA (18-8, 9-5) was led by Aaron Holiday with 17 points and 10 assists. Thomas Welsh also had a double-double with 15 points and 17 rebounds.
The Bruins outrebounded Oregon State 51-33 and went to the free throw line 37 times compared to 18 for the Beavers.
The Beavers next play USC at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Galen Center in a game televised nationally on FS1.
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