After UCLA's win over Oregon State, they look to win the Pac-12 Tournament

One win doesn't mean that UCLA is going to go on a run to win the conference tournament but their victory over Oregon State shows what this team is capable of moving forward.

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Two sophomores have outstanding games to lead UCLA to a first-round victory over Oregon State in the Pac-12 Tournament.

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Dylan Andrews and Adem Bona halfway through the second half had 33 of UCLA's 46 points as the Bruins had a ten point-double digit lead over the Beavers. UCLA did a tremendous job defensively in the first half of play limiting Oregon State to only 22 first-half points.

With just above nine minutes remaining in the game, the Beavers shrunk the Bruins lead to four with the score being 46-42. However, Andrews would then make another three to extend the lead for UCLA back to seven. Bona a little bit later would make a layup to give UCLA a 51-44 lead with approximately 7:30 left in the second half.

It is no secret that UCLA's offense has struggled throughout the season and the Bruins were leading late into the second half and both Lazar Stefanovic and Sebastian Mack had zero points. Finally, Stefanovic scored his first points of the game with just over seven minutes remaining in the game.

UCLA extended their lead by to ten with just under six minutes in the second half and yet another Andrew's made three-pointer. At this point of the game, Andrew had made six of his eight three-point attempts. Then Stefanovic made his first three-pointer of the game with just under four minutes left in the game to give UCLA an 11-point lead.

Andrew's continued his impressive shooting from beyond the three-point arc making his seventh three-pointer of the game to give UCLA a commanding 62-50 lead with two minutes remaining in the game.

After an Oregon State timeout, the Beavers would fail to score and put the Bruins on the free-throw line. Unfortunately, Bona would miss two free throws and Oregon State's Jordan Pope would score to trim the Bruins lead to 10. Through, Bona would respond on the Bruins's next offensive possession and throw down a dunk to extend UCLA's lead back to 12 with 1:15 remaining in the game.

The Beavers would call a time-out with just over one minute remaining in the game but at that point, UCLA was on the verge of an impressive victory over Oregon State in the first round of the final Pac-12 basketball tournament. Stefanovic, who played well at the end of the game would make one of his two free throw attempts to give UCLA a 65-52 lead.

Andrews would seal the game with making two free throws and UCLA would win this game by a final score of 67-57. He would finish the game with a season-high 31 points on 11 for 15 shooting from the field and seven for nine beyond the three-point arc.

Bona had a great all-around game with 17 points, six rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the victory. As a team, UCLA's field goal percentage shooting from the field was 52.2% and they shot an outstanding 60% from three-point range. Defensively, the Bruins limited the Beavers to six for nineteen shooting from beyond the arc and caused 12 Oregon State turnovers.

Many things about this game were promising and encouraging for UCLA heading into their second-round game against Oregon. Even with Mack and Stefanovic in foul trouble with four fouls each and with them combining for only six points in this game, UCLA still was able to defeat Oregon State on a neutral court by double digits.

There is no guarantee that UCLA will defeat Oregon in the second round but after this game, many Bruin fans are hopeful that UCLA can win and advance to take on the winner of the Arizona and USC game.

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