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March 9, 2006

No. 13 UCLA crushes Oregon State

LOS ANGELES - Ryan Hollins scored a season-high 17 points and No. 13 UCLA routed Oregon State 79-47 Thursday in the Pac-10 tournament quarterfinals.

Hollins also had eight rebounds, helping the Bruins to a 39-25 advantage on the boards. Arron Afflalo added 16 points, Michael Roll nine and Jordan Farmar seven.

Top-seeded UCLA (25-6) will play fourth-seeded Arizona (19-11) in Friday's semifinals.

Marcel Jones scored 19 points and was Oregon State's only player in double figures.

UCLA's 32-point margin of victory set a tournament record, bettering by one the old mark Arizona set against Oregon State last year. The Beavers nearly broke the record for fewest points in a game, missing it by one.

The Bruins lost starter Cedric Bozeman with just under six minutes left in the first half after he went down in a heap under the basket. The fifth-year senior guard sprained his left ankle. X-rays were negative, but he was placed in a walking boot and his status for Friday was unknown.

Less than 18 hours after rallying for a 71-68 victory over Arizona State in Wednesday's first round, the ninth-seeded Beavers (13-18) were undermanned against UCLA.

They played without starter and leading scorer Sasa Cuic, who injured his ankle early against the Sun Devils. Also missing were Nick DeWitz (dislocated left shoulder) and Lamar Hurd (groin), whose injuries occurred earlier in the season. The trio had averaged 30.8 points and 12.1 rebounds.

Three of Oregon State's starters didn't score in the first half, when UCLA led by 18 points.

The Beavers scored the final seven points of the half, capped by a 3-pointer at the buzzer from Jason Fontenet, to trail 38-27.

They wouldn't get that close again.

The Bruins opened the second half on an 11-0 run, briefly interrupted by a basket from Kyle Jeffers. Afflalo resumed the offensive show, hitting a 3-pointer that keyed another six straight points.

By the time the Beavers scored again, they trailed 55-31.

UCLA hit five 3-pointers in the half, with one by Michael Roll extending the lead to 69-40.

The huge lead gave UCLA coach Ben Howland a chance to give his bench valuable playing time. Lorenzo Mata saw his first action since Jan. 12, when he broke his right leg in a collision with Farmar against Washington State. He had two points and two blocks.

Senior Michael Fey, whose poor play buried him on the bench this season, also came in to grab one rebound in the final minutes.

Last year, Oregon State upset the Bruins in the first round for its first tournament win since 1989.

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