No. 14 Cardinal Defeats No. 13 Bruins 86-76 For Fifth Straight Win At UCLA
Jan 24, 2002
Los Angeles, Calif. - There's no place like Pauley Pavilion for No. 17Stanford.
The Cardinal beat 13th-ranked UCLA 86-76 Thursday night for their fifthconsecutive win on the Bruins' home court - more than any other opponent. NotreDame won four in a row at Pauley from 1977-80.
'We definitely don't take what we've done here for granted at all,' saidCasey Jacobsen, who scored 20 points. 'Every time we come here this is one ofthe games I've circled on the calendar. It's really a tough place to win, UCLAalways has good teams.'
Julius Barnes scored 23 points for Stanford (12-4, 5-2 Pac-10), which beat aranked opponent for the first time this season.
The Bruins (13-5, 5-3), who usually play well coming off a bad loss, neverled again after tying the game at 57 with 9:25 remaining.
They have lost two in a row for the first time this season, including a96-86 defeat at No. 10 Arizona last Saturday in which they blew a 20-pointlead.
'We hate Stanford and they came out and beat us,' said Matt Barnes, asenior who led UCLA with 20 points and will graduate without having won at homeagainst the Cardinal. 'They're a very skilled and talented team. Any mistakeyou make, they're going to counter.'
Instead of relying on their perimeter game, the Cardinal attacked theboards, getting UCLA center Dan Gadzuric in foul trouble for the fourthconsecutive game. He had three before halftime and picked up his fourth withthe Bruins leading 54-52.
'He is a presence inside and if we can get him out of the game, it changestheir lineup,' Jacobsen said. 'They go smaller and we get more rebounds.'
With Gadzuric on the bench, Stanford controlled the inside with 7-footCurtis Borchardt and 6-10 Rob Little. The Cardinal outrebounded UCLA 45-37,including a 30-20 defensive edge, to maintain their place as the Pac-10's toprebounding team. Josh Childress had a career-high 12 rebounds.
'For Josh to come off the bench and score and rebound was big for us,'Borchardt said. 'We were just going to get the ball down low and force him(Gadzuric) to foul or back off. He wasn't able to contribute for a longstretch.'
Jacobsen, of nearby Glendora, was playing in a gym that he called hisfavorite place, which irritated UCLA's players.
Jacobsen hit three 3-pointers, helping his family tie the national record of594 set by brothers Brendan and Kevin McCarthy. Brendan had 300 at St. AnselmCollege in New Hampshire from 1993-96, and Kevin had 297 at New HampshireCollege from 1989-92.
Jacobsen has 194 in his Stanford career. His brother, Adam, had 311 atPacific from 1993-98 and brother, Brock, had 92 at San Diego from 1995-99.
Gadzuric added 19 points for the Bruins, who haven't beaten Stanford atPauley since 1997, the last time they won a Pac-10 championship.
'Each year you always say you're going to change that streak and you feelready. We felt so good, even though we had that tough loss on Saturday,' UCLAjunior Jason Kapono said. 'We have a team full of seniors that this was theirlast chance. It's always tough to swallow.'
With the game tied at 57, Stanford took control with an 18-7 run that gaveit a 75-63 lead with 3:31 remaining. Jacobsen hit two 3-pointers in the spurt,the second giving the Cardinal their first double-digit lead of the game.
UCLA took its largest lead of the first half, 18-10, on a 3-pointer byKapono. Then Stanford outscored the Bruins 28-15, including 10 in a row, for a38-33 lead with 4:10 remaining.
UCLA missed eight consecutive shots, but stayed in the game and brieflyregained the lead on a basket by Gadzuric and two free throws by Barnes.
Gadzuric picked up his third foul with 2:06 remaining, while Borchardt madeit through the half with no fouls. Borchardt finished with 13 points and eightrebounds.
UCLA's Rico Hines complained of a headache Thursday and didn't play. Hemissed practice this week because of a concussion.
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer