UCLA Downs Stanford, 75-61
Feb. 24, 2007
The Bruins (25-3, 14-2 Pac-10) also clinched at least a share of the Pac-10 title for the second consecutive year. They wrap up the regular season next week at the Washington schools.
UCLA is 20-0 at Pauley Pavilion dating to last season, including 16-0 this season. The 1974-75 team, which won coach John Wooden's 10th and final NCAA championship, also was perfect at home.
UCLA led all the way, although not by more than six points in the first half against a team that handed the Bruins one of their three road losses.
Stanford (17-10, 9-7) was led by Brook Lopez with 23 points and nine rebounds and Lawrence Hill added 13. The Cardinal, which had 16 turnovers, has lost four of six.
UCLA stretched a three-point lead at the break into its largest lead of the game, 53-40, on a 17-7 run that opened the final 20 minutes. Afflalo launched the spurt with a 3-pointer, Mbah a Moute hit a 3 and dunked off Josh Shipp's steal before Russell Westbrook closed it out with a 3.
The Bruins' defense swarmed Stanford in the second half, and on one occasion when they lost the ball, they outhustled the Cardinal to grab it right back.
The Cardinal gained a bit of momentum with an 11-7 run that cut its deficit to 60-51 with 7:16 remaining. Robin Lopez, Brook's 7-foot twin, had four points in Stanford's only serious run of the half.
UCLA quickly pushed its lead back to double digits, getting 3-pointers from Michael Roll and Afflalo to stay ahead 69-56.
Stanford used a full-court press in the final three minutes, but the Bruins passed through it and moved the ball around to kill the clock, forcing the Cardinal to foul.
In the final seconds fans chanted 'One more year!' at Afflalo, a junior who entered the NBA draft last April before withdrawing.