UCLA basketball: Honeycutt sharp in Bruins victory


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UCLA forward Tyler Honeycutt was the standout player in a game that had few standout moments. Honeycutt scored 18 points to push the Bruins to a 65-56 victory over Oregon State at Pauley Pavilion on Thursday. The victory left UCLA (13-14 overall, 8-7 in Pacific 10 Conference play) tied for third-place in the conference standings.

The Beavers (12-15, 6-9) cut a onetime 12-point UCLA lead to 50-49 with 4 minutes 42 seconds left. But Honeycutt sank a three-pointer, then had a steal that ended in a Malcolm Lee layup. Oregon State never got closer than five points the remainder of the game.


Honeycutt made seven of 10 shots. He also had 10 rebounds and four assists.

UCLA shot 52% from the field, playing with a smaller lineup. Forward James Keefe (shoulder surgery) is out for the season and forward Reeves Nelson (torn retina) is also out.

As a result, UCLA was out-rebounded, 40-24. But the Beavers shot only 35% and were three for 20 on three-pointers.

Nikola Dragovic finished with 14 points and Lee 13 for UCLA.

-- Chris Foster