Posted Feb 2, 2014

OREGON STATE NEEDED to go on a run – with a second half five-point lead in hand, UCLA was threatening to pull away. The Beavs needed something. They got it. Freshman Hallice Cooke scored 14 of his season-high 20 points in the second half and the go-ahead basket with 6:12 to play. But the issue was far from settled.

Indeed, it was hang on time down the stretch. But in the end, Oregon State defeated UCLA 71-67 on Sunday.

OSU went on an 18-2 run that gave the Beavers a 65-54 lead with 2:29 to play, fueled by Cooke’s treys. Eric Moreland put together another double-double, finishing with 11 points and 14 rebounds, and Angus Brandt added 13 points as the Beavers (13-8, 5-4 Pac-12) closed out the first half of league play with their first home sweep of the Los Angeles schools since the 1989-90 season.

After the Beavs had built the 11-point lead, UCLA cut it all the way down to one. UCLA trailed 67-66 and had the ball.

The offensive charge has been the toughest call to get this season with the new rules but Brandt induced Jordan Adams into a charge as he drove to the basket, negating the chance for the Bruins to regain the lead with 14.2 seconds to play.

Roberto Nelson (12 points) and Cooke hit two free throws each in the final 12 seconds to seal the victory for the Beavers.

UCLA led at the half, 31-29, employing a mostly effective 2-3 zone defense. But Cooke and Moreland proved to be especially problematic for the Bruins.

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