No. 1 Stanford Holds Off Bruins, 75-69
March 3, 2001
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Casey Jacobsen scored 16 points and No. 1 Stanford beatNo. 12 UCLA 85-79 Saturday to clinch a share of its third consecutive Pac-10title and avenge its only loss of the season.
The Cardinal (27-1, 15-1), who lost to the Bruins a month ago, improved to11-0 on the road this season. Stanford has won seven in a row since the UCLAdefeat.
The Bruins (20-7, 13-3) dropped two games behind Stanford in the conferencerace with two road games remaining and had their eight-game winning streaksnapped.
Jacobsen rebounded from his 4-of-18 shooting in the teams' previous meeting.
Jarron Collins added 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Cardinal dominated theboards 40-27 in winning its fourth straight at Pauley Pavilion.
Jarron Collins and Ryan Mendez, who made all 10 of his free throws over thefinal 2:54, also had 16 points each.
Matt Barnes scored a career-high 32 points for UCLA. Earl Watson added 19points in the final home game and his three steals made him UCLA's careerleader with 226, overtaking Tyus Edney, who had 224 from 1992-95.
The Bruins never got closer than four points early in the second half ascold shooting and turnovers plagued them during an eight-minute stretch.
That's when the Cardinal outscored UCLA 15-10 to take a 71-61 lead. Jacobsenscored five straight in the spurt when the Bruins missed open shots and turnedthe ball over on three of four possessions.
Dan Gadzuric, UCLA's 6-foot-11 center, picked up two fouls in the game'sfirst five minutes.
He had two consecutive dunks to draw UCLA within five, but couldn't getgoing inside against Stanford's big men. Two of UCLA's hottest shooters, JasonKapono and Billy Knight, were held to eight and six points, respectively.
Trailing by five in the first half, Stanford ran off 15 straight points totake a 28-18 lead with 8:45 remaining. The Bruins missed seven straight shotswhile the Cardinal were 7-of-8 in the spurt.
After a 3-pointer by Jacobsen gave Stanford its largest lead of 11 points,Barnes and Watson went to work. They combined to score 20 of UCLA's final 22points of the half and twice pulled the Bruins within one before Stanford endedthe half leading 45-40.
Barnes' and Watson's quickness allowed them to drive inside and around 6-11Jarron Collins and 6-8 Justin Davis.