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UCLA basketball (15-3, 5-0 Pac-12) earned its 10th straight win this season at Pauley Pavilion, where the Bruins demolished the Oregon State Beavers (10-7, 0-4 Pac-12), 74-64.
The score is not indicative of just how far apart these teams were for most of the game, however, with UCLA opening up an 11-point lead at half-time and inflating that to a 20-point lead in the first five minutes of the second half.
In a bit of a sloppy blow-out for the Bruins shined two UCLA freshmen: Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson.
Muhammad earned 21 points on the night off of just 14 shots, while also going 3-for-5 from downtown, his performance aided by six boards (two of them on offense) and a monstrous block in the opening minutes of the contest.
Anderson earned yet another well-rounded stat-line, with the 6’8” freshman earning 17 points off of 7-for-9 shooting to go along with nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.
Also of note was center Travis Wear, who scored in double-digits for the sixth straight time and 12th time this season, finishing up with 17 points off of 6-for-9 shooting to go along with seven boards.
Although the UCLA offense was sloppy in spurts, the Bruins managed to put together a decent shooting night in Westwood, knocking down shots at a 47 percent clip, while going 6-for-12 from downtown.
Defensively, UCLA held Oregon State to below 35 percent shooting for much of the game until the Beavers attempted to mount a last-ditch rally that was far too little too late, which resulted in a subpar — but not terrible — shooting rate of 41 percent.
With the win, UCLA sets itself up for a showdown among two ranked teams that are undefeated in Pac-12 play, where the No. 21 Oregon Ducks (14-2, 3-0 Pac-12) visit Pauley Pavilion.