UCLA Stuns No. 1 Cardinal, 79-73

Feb. 3, 2001

AP Sports Writer

STANFORD, Calif. - For the second straight season, UCLA came toStanford and beat the No. 1 Cardinal - this time, defeating the nation's lastunbeaten team.

Billy Knight had a career-high 22 points and the Bruins used an 11-0 runmidway through the second half to win 79-73 and end Stanford's school-record20-game winning streak.

Earl Watson added 20 points and Jason Kapono had 14 points and nine reboundsfor UCLA (13-6, 7-2 Pac-10), which defeated the top-ranked Cardinal 94-93 inovertime last year at Stanford.

Casey Jacobsen had 17 points on 4-for-18 shooting and Michael McDonald had15 for Stanford (20-1, 8-1), which had been defeating opponents by an averageof 30 points on its home court this season.

The Bruins led by three at halftime, and Knight had eight points during a10-2 run as UCLA built its lead to 50-41 with 17:24 remaining. But UCLA thenwent five minutes without a basket, and let Stanford back in the game.

The rally began with Cardinal center Jason Collins, slowed by the flu andforced out by his fourth foul, watching from the bench. With a smaller lineup,Stanford scored 10 straight points - including consecutive 3s by Jacobsen.

Stanford took its first lead, 53-52, since midway through the first half onJarron Collins' slam with 11:58 left. Knight responded with a long 3-pointer asthe 35-second clock was expiring, and Justin Davis had a dunk for Stanford,making it 55-55 with 10:11 left.

UCLA then scored 11 straight points, including a 3-pointer by Kapono and a3-point play by Watson following a steal. The Bruins led 66-55 with 7:45 left.

Stanford still trailed by nine points with 2:39 left, but hit fiveconsecutive free throws, pulling within 72-68 with 92 seconds remaining.

Watson hit a pair of foul shots with a minute left, and Stanford got nocloser than three points the rest of the game.

UCLA used pressure defense and pinpoint outside shooting to take a 40-37halftime lead after leading by as many as nine points late in the first half.The Bruins forced usually sure-handed Stanford into eight turnovers, and only1-for-7 shooting on 3-pointers, before halftime.

Watson and Kapono had 10 points each in the first half and the Bruins hitfour of eight 3-pointers. Watson also set up a couple of dunks with alley-ooppasses to Dan Gadzuric and Matt Barnes.

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