No. 25 UCLA Holds Off No. 10 Stanford
Feb. 23, 2002
By RICK EYMER
Associated Press Writer
STANFORD, Calif. - UCLA coach Steve Lavin thinks his 25th-ranked Bruinsmay have started yet another late season rally.
Jason Kapono scored 22 points as UCLA held off No. 10 Stanford 95-92 onSaturday to snap a two-game losing streak and win at Stanford for the thirdstraight year.
'We always feel so free here and play with poise,' Kapono said. 'The lastfew games when we struggled, we were thinking too much. We were more patienttoday and we came away with a great win.'
It was Gadzuric's seventh double-double of the season and third in fourgames.
'It's the same old theme for our players since I've been here,' Lavinsaid. 'They show the ability to come together and make a run during a toughtime.'
Casey Jacobsen scored 24 points for the Cardinal (17-8, 10-6), who lost twostraight for the first time this season. Julius Barnes added 17 points andChris Hernandez had a career-high 14.
Curtis Borchardt had his 13th double-double with 17 points and 14 reboundsas Stanford lost at home to both Southern California and UCLA for the firsttime in 10 years, and dropped consecutive home games for the first time since1997.
'They packed it in the middle and dared us to shoot it,' Stanford coachMike Montgomery said. 'We just didn't connect. We're not a very confidentgroup right now.'
The Bruins have never finished lower than fourth in the Pac-10, but with twogames remaining, they are in a tie for fifth.
Stanford, which has won or shared the last three conference titles, entersthe final weekend of play also tied for fifth.
Senior forward Matt Barnes, UCLA's third-leading scorer and second-leadingrebounder, sat out the game while serving a one-game suspension for a fight onThursday involving California's Shantay Legans, who suffered a mild concussionas a result of the altercation
Sophomore T.J. Cummings made his first collegiate start in Barnes' place.
Stanford was missing sophomore forward Justin Davis, out with a bruised ribcage. Davis started 18 games this season.
UCLA shot 67 percent in the second half and 58 percent overall, including7-of-10 from 3-point range. It was the highest percentage by a Stanfordopponent this season. It was the Bruins' third-best shooting effort of theseason.
'They came up with every loose ball and they never seemed to miss,'Montgomery said. 'Gadzuric dominated the boards.'
Montgomery was hit with a technical foul - his first of the year - as theteams left the court at halftime and Kapono made two free throws to open thesecond half for a 51-40 lead.
Cummings hit a jumper to give the Bruins a 75-55 lead with 5:17 remaining,their biggest of the game.
Stanford closed within 91-86 with 31 seconds left, but the Bruins were18-of-23 from the foul line, including making their last eight, over the finalfour minutes.
Barnes hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the final margin.
Stanford tried to attack from the outside - taking a season-high 42 3-pointattempts in 76 shots - with limited success. The Cardinal shot 33 percent fromlong range.
Thompson had half the points in UCLA's 14-4 run that made it 40-32 with 3:37left in the first half.