UCLA Drops One To Stanford, 75-64
Jan. 20, 2005
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dan Grunfeld scored 25 points and Stanford defeated UCLA75-64 Thursday night, giving the Cardinal its eighth consecutive victory atPauley Pavilion - the most by an opponent since the building opened 40 yearsago.
Stanford (9-7, 3-3 Pac-10) also won its fifth in a row over the Bruins. Lastseason, the Cardinal clinched its fourth conference title in six years bywinning at Pauley.
The Bruins (10-5, 4-3) haven't beaten the Cardinal at home since 1997 andthey lost their second in a row.
UCLA got no closer than six points in the second half, the last time whenfreshman Jordan Farmar scored to make it 50-44 with 9 minutes remaining.Grunfeld hit a 3-pointer and the Cardinal outscored UCLA 6-2 to push its leadback to double digits.
Grunfeld, the son of Washington Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld, hasimproved his scoring average by 14.7 points from last season - the best by aDivision I player this season. He missed tying his career high by four points.
Matt Haryasz added 14 points, Nick Robinson had 13 and Rob Little 12 forStanford.
Center Michael Fey led the Bruins with 17 points and 11 rebounds in his bestoffensive performance of the season.
UCLA needed him because leading scorer Dijon Thompson had his worst. He wasscoreless in the first half and finished with six points on 3-for-11 shooting -the only time he hasn't reached double figures this season. Thompson alsocommitted six turnovers.
The Bruins had scored 80 or more points in three of their previous fourgames, but never came close against Stanford's defense that held them to 40percent field-goal shooting.