No. 1 UCLA 71, Oregon St. 56

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CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP)—UCLA’s first road win was a true team effort.

Josh Shipp had 18 points to lead all five starters in double figures and the top-ranked Bruins beat Oregon State 71-56 on Thursday night.

In a slow tempo game the Bruins won with balance.

Arron Afflalo scored 14 points for the Bruins (14-0, 3-0 Pac-10), while Darren Collison had 11 points and six assists. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 11 points and nine rebounds, and Lorenzo Mata added 10 points for UCLA, which had played all of its games at home or on a neutral court.

The Bruins shot 47 percent from the field (23-for-48) despite missing eight of their first 10 shots. Of the starters, only Mbah a Moute shot below 50 percent.

The Beavers had hoped to run on UCLA. It never happened. Oregon State had the game’s only fast-break basket.

“I thought we were a little tired and (had) a lack of energy,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “That’s my fault. We practiced really hard Tuesday and I went too long.”

Sasa Cuic had 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Oregon State (8-7, 0-2) and Marcel Jones added 13 points and five rebounds.

UCLA and Clemson are the only unbeaten teams in Division I. Oregon, which hosts the Bruins on Saturday, lost to Southern California on Thursday night.

UCLA’s poor start from the field allowed Oregon State lead 19-17, but the Bruins went on a 10-0 run to take the lead for good.

The Beavers did answer with a 9-2 run that Jack McGillis capped with a 3-pointer that got the within 29-28 with 3:00 left in the half. The Bruins led 36-30 at halftime.

“The way we played in the first half, as hard as we played, and the way we took it to them, we should have went into the second half with the lead,” Beavers coach Jay John said.

The Beavers wilted after halftime, taking too many bad shots. They finished 3-of-14 on 3-pointers and didn’t attempt a free throw in the second half.

“Some of our possessions in the second half were stupid—some of the shots,” Jay said.

An 11-4 run put UCLA ahead 51-38 with 12:46 to go and the lead never got below double digits again.

“Any win is a good win,” Shipp said. “We’re not out to impress people. We’re just out to win ballgames.”

Reserve Jack McGillis had nine points for Oregon State, while Kyle Jeffers had seven points and five rebounds.

Point guard Josh Tarver, the Beavers’ third-leading scorer at 10.7 points, was 2-of-11 from the field and finished with six points.

Oregon State has played two unbeaten teams in the span of six days as the Beavers lost 76-73 to Oregon last Saturday.

The Bruins were the first No. 1 team to visit Corvallis since Arizona on Jan. 14, 1988, a 77-62 victory by the Wildcats.

The Beavers are at the end of a nine-game home streak that kept them in Corvallis for the month of December.

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J. Shipp J. Shipp
5-10,  18 Pts
3 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Oregon St.
S. Cuic S. Cuic
5-11,  13 Pts
7 Rebs, 5 Assists

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