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UCLA guard Aaron Holiday shoots as Oregon State center Gligorije Rakocevic defends during the second half of Thursday’s game at Pauley Pavilion. Holiday had 17 points and 10 assists in a 75-68 win. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
  • Oregon State forward Drew Eubanks, top, and UCLA center Thomas Welsh go after a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Oregon State forward Drew Eubanks, top, and UCLA center Thomas Welsh go after a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle, right, shoots as UCLA guard Chris Smith defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle, right, shoots as UCLA guard Chris Smith defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • UCLA guard Aaron Holiday, right, knocks over Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle, left, as guard Stephen Thompson Jr. watches during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    UCLA guard Aaron Holiday, right, knocks over Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle, left, as guard Stephen Thompson Jr. watches during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle, left, shoots as UCLA center Thomas Welsh defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle, left, shoots as UCLA center Thomas Welsh defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Oregon State forward Alfred Hollins, right, shoots as UCLA forward Alex Olesinski defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Oregon State forward Alfred Hollins, right, shoots as UCLA forward Alex Olesinski defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Oregon State guard Ethan Thompson, left, shoots as UCLA forward Gyorgy Goloman defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Oregon State guard Ethan Thompson, left, shoots as UCLA forward Gyorgy Goloman defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • UCLA guard Prince Ali, center, shoots as Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle, left, and forward Seth Berger defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    UCLA guard Prince Ali, center, shoots as Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle, left, and forward Seth Berger defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • UCLA guard Aaron Holiday, left, shoots as Oregon State forward Alfred Hollins defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    UCLA guard Aaron Holiday, left, shoots as Oregon State forward Alfred Hollins defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • UCLA forward Alex Olesinski, left, and Oregon State forward Alfred Hollins go after a loose ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. UCLA won 75-68. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    UCLA forward Alex Olesinski, left, and Oregon State forward Alfred Hollins go after a loose ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. UCLA won 75-68. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • UCLA guard Aaron Holiday shoots in front of Oregon State guard Stephen Thompson Jr. during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. UCLA won 75-68. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    UCLA guard Aaron Holiday shoots in front of Oregon State guard Stephen Thompson Jr. during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. UCLA won 75-68. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • UCLA guard Prince Ali, right, shoots as Oregon State guard Ethan Thompson defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. UCLA won 75-68. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    UCLA guard Prince Ali, right, shoots as Oregon State guard Ethan Thompson defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. UCLA won 75-68. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Oregon State guard Ethan Thompson, right, blocks the shot of UCLA forward Gyorgy Goloman during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. UCLA won 75-68. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Oregon State guard Ethan Thompson, right, blocks the shot of UCLA forward Gyorgy Goloman during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. UCLA won 75-68. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • UCLA coach Steve Alford gestures to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oregon State, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    UCLA coach Steve Alford gestures to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oregon State, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • UCLA guard Aaron Holiday, right, shoots as Oregon State forward Drew Eubanks defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. UCLA won 75-68. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    UCLA guard Aaron Holiday, right, shoots as Oregon State forward Drew Eubanks defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. UCLA won 75-68. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle yells to a referee during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against UCLA, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle yells to a referee during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against UCLA, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Oregon State forward Alfred Hollins, right, blocks the shot of UCLA guard Chris Smith during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. UCLA won 75-68. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Oregon State forward Alfred Hollins, right, blocks the shot of UCLA guard Chris Smith during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. UCLA won 75-68. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Oregon State forward Alfred Hollins, right, shoots as UCLA center Thomas Welsh defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. UCLA won 75-68. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Oregon State forward Alfred Hollins, right, shoots as UCLA center Thomas Welsh defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. UCLA won 75-68. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • UCLA guard Aaron Holiday shoots as Oregon State center Gligorije Rakocevic defends during the second half of Thursday’s game at Pauley Pavilion. Holiday had 17 points and 10 assists in a 75-68 win. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    UCLA guard Aaron Holiday shoots as Oregon State center Gligorije Rakocevic defends during the second half of Thursday’s game at Pauley Pavilion. Holiday had 17 points and 10 assists in a 75-68 win. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • UCLA guard Prince Ali celebrates after scoring during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oregon State, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    UCLA guard Prince Ali celebrates after scoring during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oregon State, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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LOS ANGELES — Prince Ali flexed both of his biceps under the basket. The redshirt sophomore needed a little muscle to survive a flagrant foul on a layup in transition, but it was nothing compared to what UCLA needed to prevail in a game that started as a track meet but ended with a painful crawl across the finish line.

Despite missing 13 free throws in the second half and going without a field goal for the final 5:24, UCLA avenged an earlier loss to Oregon State, winning 75-68 Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion.

Junior guard Aaron Holiday led the Bruins (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12) with 17 points and a season-high 10 assists, while senior Thomas Welsh, playing without a protective mask for the first time since Jan. 6, had 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds.

Oregon State outrebounded the Bruins 45-37 in January, but the Bruins, trying to rediscover their toughness, returned the favor Thursday 51-33. UCLA had 18 offensive rebounds that resulted in 15 second-half points. Forwards Alex Olesinski and GG Goloman each added eight rebounds.

“Our bigs came out and they did what they had to do,” said Ali, who had 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting after scoring in single digits in four of the past five games. “They rebounded the ball, and showed great grit and toughness.”

After scoring just 26 points in the first half against Oregon State (13-12, 5-8 Pac-12) in Corvallis, the Bruins poured in 27 points in the first 10 minutes of the game. Holiday and freshman Jaylen Hands pushed the tempo, hoping to avoid the type of slow-paced, defensive slugfest that broke out in Corvallis and resulted in UCLA’s second-worst shooting night of the season.

Aided by 20 early points in the paint, UCLA opened a 13-point lead at the 7:50 mark.

With their double-digit lead in hand, the Bruins got complacent on offense. They chucked up long shots that allowed the Beavers to take long rebounds and run in transition. Six UCLA turnovers in the first half turned into 11 points for Oregon State. After OSU didn’t get a single fast-break point in the first 14 minutes of the game, it had six in the final eight minutes of the first half, cutting UCLA’s lead to two with a dunk from Drew Eubanks with 1:51 left before the break.

“I thought we did a really good job in transition until we got careless and wanted to make crazy plays instead of just simple plays,” Alford said. “I told them in the timeout, we’re not into degree of difficulty. It’s not gymnastics; we don’t get more points for style.”

UCLA had only two made field goals in the final 10 minutes of the first half, going 2 for 12 from the field during the last stretch before going into the locker room.

Oregon State took a one-point lead on a pair of free throws from Stephen Thompson Jr. with 14:58 to go, capping 10 unanswered points by the Beavers.

UCLA quickly jumped back ahead with a 6-0 run and extended the lead to double digits with 5:24 to go on a transition layup from Ali after Holiday came up with a steal and pushed the ball forward on an outlet pass.

The Bruins, who entered the game as the best 3-point shooting team in the Pac-12, were just 4 for 21 from distance, their worst 3-point shooting night in conference play and second-worst of the season.

A conference-season high 37 free-throw attempts resulted in UCLA’s worst free-throw percentage since a home loss to Colorado. The Bruins were 23 for 37 from the stripe.

“To get a win in the Pac and not shoot the 3-ball well and not shoot the free throw well shows me that we did some really good things defensively,” Alford said. “We just didn’t make the shots we normally make. I thought defensively we carried ourselves defensively and that’s a good sign.”

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