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UCLA Hangs On To Beat Oregon State 62-57

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(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

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CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — UCLA blew a 17-point second-half lead, then scored the game’s final seven points to defeat Oregon State 62-57 on Thursday night.

Lazeric Jones and Reeves Nelson had 13 points each for the Bruins (10-6, 2-2 Pac 10), which led 47-30 after Nelson’s basket with 15:57 remaining.

Roberto Nelson had 13 points off the bench for Oregon State (7-9, 2-3). His 3 pointer gave the Beavers their only lead, 57-55, with 2:44 to play.

Joshua Smith tied the score with two free throws, and Jones hit the go-ahead basket for UCLA with 39 seconds left.

Oregon State’s Calvin Haynes missed a close shot, and Smith grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He made both free throws with 16 seconds left to put the Bruins ahead 61-57.

UCLA was 23 of 47 from the field; Oregon State 20 of 62. The Bruins had a 41-34 rebounding edge.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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