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Oregon State's late rally falls short in loss to Pac-12 leading UCLA

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Oregon State (8-7, 4-5) had the ball with 14 seconds remaining down just three points against the best team in the Pac-12.

However, the Beavers late rally from 11 down with 3:50 remaining in the contest fell short when Ethan Thompson tripped and the ball went out of bounds giving the ball back to UCLA.

The Bruins (13-3, 9-1)  would make a pair of free-throws and ultimately won the game 57-52 Saturday evening, staying in first place in the conference. 

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Here are the key takeaways. 

The Good

Oregon State's defense frustrated UCLA all evening.

The Beavers' formula to win is simple. 

Make it as hard on the opposing team to score as possible and then make enough shots on the other end to leave with a win. Saturday evening, the Beavers did the first aspect of that equation well. 

The Bruins struggled to score on the Oregon State defense all game making just 32.7% of shots overall and 25% from behind the arc. Oregon State even defended the rim well forcing the Bruins to shoot 4-11 on layups. 

In the first half, UCLA made just 31% of their shots and 21.4% from three-point range. 

The Beavers never give up.

When the Beavers fell down eleven points with under four minutes remaining, Oregon State had just a 1.8% win probability per ESPN. Instead of folding, the Beavers went to work forcing bad UCLA shots and getting buckets inside the paint on the other end to give themselves a chance late. 


There's no quit in this Oregon State team who can compete with anyone in the conference. 

The Bad

Allowed too many offensive rebounds.

Numerous times the Bruins would negate a solid Oregon State defensive possession by just grabbing the offensive board and getting a second-chance bucket to extend a lead. In the end, UCLA had 11 offensive rebounds and 8 second-chance points. 

The Beavers do not have the offense to win track meets and want to play games where both teams need to grind out possessions and take shots late in the shot clock. For the most part, Oregon State accomplished that but the extra possessions added up to a margin too much to overcome. 

Not enough foul shots.

Both teams struggled from the field all evening but the difference beyond the second-chance points was the Bruins advantage at the free-throw line.

It took until only two minutes remained in the contest for Oregon State to have a player other than Ethan Thompson shoot free-throws. Oregon State finished with just seven three-throw attempts, making 68.4% of them. 

Meanwhile, UCLA had made 13-19 free-throw attempts before Oregon State needed to intentionally foul to extend the game. 

The Highlight

Warith Alatishe had another highlight dunk to close the deficit late in the game. 

The Stat

Oregon State turned the ball over 15 times compared to the Bruins who had just seven. 

The Next Game

Oregon State will host Washington (3-11, 2-7) on Thursday, February 4th at 6:00 p.m. PT.