Strong second half propels UCLA past Oregon State

Dylan Andrews, Lazar Stefanovic and Will McClendon combined for 29 second-half points and UCLA scored its fourth Pac-12 Conference win in the past five tries, holding off Oregon State 71-63 on Thursday in Los Angeles.

The Bruins (10-11, 5-5 Pac-12), who earned their third straight victory, led for much of the way, but never by more than eight points.

Oregon State (11-10, 3-7), which remains winless away from home on the season, twice cut the deficit to one point late. But Andrews notched five of his 13 second-half points with a 3-pointer and a mid-range jumper under duress, pushing the UCLA advantage to six points with 4:01 remaining.

The Bruins’ lead never dipped to fewer than four points the rest of the way.

Jordan Pope, who scored 14 points, connected on a 3-pointer with 3:09 remaining that pulled Oregon State within four points, but McClendon answered on the next possession with a 3-pointer that caromed high off the rim before falling in.

McClendon scored all eight of his points after halftime and finished with a game-high seven rebounds.

Andrews and Adem Bona each scored 18 points for UCLA. Bona opened the game with a thunderous dunk, part of his 7-of-10 shooting from the floor for the game.

The Bruins went 25-for-59 (42.4 percent) from the floor overall, including 7-for-19 (36.8 percent) from 3-point range. Stefanovic, who scored 15 points, went 3-for-8 from beyond the arc. Andrews shot 2 of 3 from outside.

Tyler Bilodeau led Oregon State with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor. Dexter Akanno scored 13 points and Michael Rataj added 10 points.

The Beavers shot 24 of 47 (51.1 percent) from the floor and 5 of 14 (35.7 percent) from beyond the arc but went just 10-for-17 (58.8 percent) at the free-throw line. UCLA went 14-for-19 (73.7 percent) at the charity stripe.