UCLA flops against Oregon State, loses second straight

Oregon State’s Tres Tinkle (3) drives between UCLA’s Aaron Holiday (3) and Kris Wilkes (13) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Corvallis, Ore., Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. Oregon State won 69-63. (AP Photo/Timothy J. Gonzalez)

In need of a bounce-back win, UCLA only fell deeper into its Pac-12 hole after a 69-63 loss to Oregon State in Gill Coliseum on Thursday. The Bruins now have more losses than they did all of last season and have lost back-to-back games to tumble out of first place in the conference.

Aaron Holiday led the Bruins (13-6, 4-3 Pac-12) with 22 points, 18 of which came in the second half, but had four turnovers to just three assists.

Holiday gave the Bruins a one-point lead with 3:24 to go after he hit two free throws, but the Beavers came back with back-to-back 3-pointers to spur a 10-3 run to end the game. UCLA’s only points during that stretch came on a 3-pointer from Kris Wilkes.

Oregon State (11-7, 3-3 Pac-12) outrebounded the Bruins 45-37, collecting 18 offensive rebounds and outscoring UCLA by 11 points in the paint.

The Beavers had five double-digit scorers, led by forward Tres Tinkle‘s 16 points with nine rebounds and three assists.

UCLA will try to avoid the road sweep on Saturday at Oregon at 7 p.m. on ESPN.