Deep Three: Now you see them...

We go beyond the arc following UCLA's 69-61 win against Oregon State on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion:


Coach Ben Howland wanted to give his non-scholarship players a minute of playing time. He really did.

And when Howland emptied his bench -- with UCLA up 16 and less than a minute remaining -- it looked like student-section favorites Blake Arnet, Matt DeMarcus, Alex Schrempf and Tyler Trapani would be the ones dribbling out the clock. Oregon State kept its full-court press, though, blitzing the walk-ons and cutting the deficit to single digits.

Howland just couldn't risk it and brought back his starters 15 seconds after they had received a standing ovation from the Pauley crowd.

"We turned it over twice, immediately," Howland said. "I didn't want to take them out, but I obviously didn't want to lose the game. Those kids come every day and give us a good effort."

Said Tyler Honeycutt: "I was glad that we could get them in. It was the first time all year. I was excited for them, but the next thing you know, coach called us in and it was almost kind of funny. The crowd was laughing because it all happened fast. They weren't really prepared to play and I'm sure they will be next time when they get their chance."


UCLA continues to whack Oregon State. The Bruins extended their win streak against the Beavers to 13 games, which is the longest active winning streak by a Pac-10 team against another Pac-10 team. Howland is 15-3 all-time against Oregon State and a perfect 8-0 at home.

Howland has taken criticism for his team's inability to put opponents away this season, but he made sure to point out that UCLA has a 17-0 record when holding a lead of at least 10 points. The Bruins led by as many as 18 in the first half but saw it cut to five at the break. They led by 22 midway through the second half before Oregon State chipped its way back.