LOS ANGELES - UCLA freshman wing Nikola Dragovic finally demonstrated some of his offensive skills, but it doesn't appear his strong effort will result in more playing time.
Dragovic scored eight points, had six rebounds and even added a nice assist in a career-high 12 minutes as No. 5 UCLA trampled Oregon State 82-35 Saturday at Pauley Pavilion.
"I was excited for him," UCLA coach Ben Howland said. "He got some significant minutes and came in there and looked to shoot, which is what he's supposed to do. I thought he played pretty good defense on (Marcel) Jones, and played with good intensity."
It was the 6-foot-8 Serbian's first extended playing time - he played eight minutes in three games after serving a 10-game NCAA suspension at the start of the season - but none of the action time came with the game in question.
Dragovic received an ovation when he entered with 1:29 to play in the first half and UCLA leading 43-15, and demonstrated his deft shooting touch with a 3-pointer. He finished 3 of 6 from the field, including 2 of 4 from 3-point range.
"I have to keep working hard and improving on everything that I have to do and do whatever coach asks of me," Dragovic said. "And keep waiting for my chance."
However, one game when the outcome is already well determined isn't enough to grab playing time from starter Josh Shipp or reserve Michael Roll.
"Bottom line is, for him to play more minutes, he's got to take away" minutes from other players," Howland said, "and be really good in practice."
An impressive contingent of approximately 50 high school juniors were in attendance as part of the football team's Junior Day, although a number of them left at halftime.
Among the most notable in attendance were Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks quarterback Dayne Crist, Dorsey High cornerback Rahim Moore and Birmingham of Lake Balboa products Milton Knox (running back) and defensive ends Malik Jackson and Marquis Jackson.
UCLA (20-2) reached the 20-win mark for the 43 rd time ... Power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute went 6 for 6, which means he was 12 for 12 in the sweep of the Oregon schools ... Oregon State's 35 points matched the lowest points for an opponent at Pauley Pavilion. The Beavers lost 79-35 in 1966 ...UCLA went 7 for 13 from the free-throw line, including Lorenzo Mata's 0 for 4. Mata is shooting 27.4 percent from the line this season & The Bruins are 81-33 against the Beavers.