Cardinal Clips Bruins
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES - Julius Barnes scored 27 points and No. 21 Stanford beatUCLA 93-84 on Saturday, its sixth consecutive victory at Pauley Pavilion, themost by any opponent.
The Cardinal (21-6, 12-3 Pac-10) also won its fifth straight and ninth in 10games despite blowing a 10-point lead in the second half.
The Bruins (6-17, 3-11) fell to 3-10 on their home court, have lost 12 oftheir last 15 and remain in jeopardy of missing the Pac-10 tournament, whichonly takes the top eight teams.
Jason Kapono scored 27 points and Ray Young added 22 - including all five ofhis 3-pointers - in his second straight start in place of injured guard CedricBozeman.
Kapono and Young hit consecutive 3-pointers over the final 59 seconds to cutUCLA's deficit to 88-84. The Bruins were forced to foul Barnes, who made bothfor a 90-84 lead with 39 seconds left. Then Kapono missed a 3-pointer and Youngfouled Barnes again as fans headed to the exits.
Any momentum UCLA generated with its overtime upset of No. 18 California onThursday that snapped its 10-game conference losing skid disappeared with theloss.
The Bruins got within one point on consecutive 3-pointers by Kapono andDijon Thompson with 5:14 left, but the Cardinal scored seven straight points,including a 3-pointer by Barnes.
Stanford shot 60 percent for the game and was 19-of-21 from the free throwline. Barnes made all seven of his foul shots, while Rob Little was 4-for-4.
Matt Lottich added 20 points, including five of Stanford's 10 3-pointers.The Cardinal completed the season sweep after winning 52-51 on Jan. 23.
Kapono opened the second half by hitting consecutive 3-pointers and two freethrows, but Stanford countered with 13 points for its largest lead of the half,57-47. Lottich hit two 3-pointers and Barnes added another in the spurt.
The Bruins came right back with a 16-6 run that tied it at 63. AndrePatterson had nine points as UCLA got most of its points inside.
The Cardinal shot 64 percent in the first half to take a 44-39 lead.Stanford made six 3-pointers in the half, including two straight by Barnes, forits largest lead of 16 points.
But the Bruins chipped away on 3-pointers by Young and Kapono and outscoredStanford 18-9 over the final five minutes to get the deficit back to singledigits.