CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Gary Payton II had 18 points and five steals as Oregon State held off a furious UCLA second-half rally to win 66-55 Thursday night.
Malcolm Duvivier added 19 points for the Beavers, (13-5, 4-2 Pac-12), who are undefeated at home this season in 11 games.
Bryce Alford scored 18 and Norman Powell added 13 and 10 rebounds for the Bruins (11-8, 3-3).
UCLA made 2 of 17 field goals in the first 10 minutes of the game, but Oregon State only led 13-6 before a 7-0 run by the Bruins tied it about 2 minutes later.
Payton scored 11-straight Oregon State points, including two consecutive steals and breakaway baskets — the second a highlight dunk — to give Oregon State a 24-15 lead with 3:06 left in the half.
The Beavers led 29-19 halftime and a 3-pointer by Langston Morris-Walker made it 47-30 with 9:28 remaining.
But UCLA roared back with an 18-4 run, fueled in part by timely 3-pointers and Beaver turnovers. The Bruins cut the lead to two, 52-50, on a lay-in by Gyorgy Goloman with 2:35 left.
Olaf Schaftenaar responded with a 3-pointer on the next possession to give Oregon State a much-needed cushion and the Beavers held on to win.
Payton entered Thursday leading Oregon State with 11.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game, second best in the nation. He is the son of Gary Payton, a former All-American for the Beavers and NBA great.
Alford, son of coach Steve Alford, led the Bruins with 15.7 points and 5.7 assists per game entering the contest.
UCLA was leading the Pac-12 with 41.3 rebounds per game entering the week. The Bruins outrebounded the Beavers, 35-32. The Bruins are 9-1 at Pauley Pavilion this season.
Oregon State ranked 10th in the nation in field goal percentage defense at 36.6 percent before Thursday’s game. UCLA shot 30.6 percent. Victor Robbins, suspended 10 games for violating team rules, will be eligible to return Feb. 19. He was averaging 10.3 points per game, third on the team.
UCLA plays at Oregon on Saturday.
Oregon State hosts Southern California on Saturday.
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