Cardinal Come Back Strong, Top No. 3 Bruins 75-68
Jan. 28, 2007
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Lawrence Hill scored seven straight points - including the tying and go-ahead baskets - and Stanford rallied in the second half to stun No. 3 UCLA 75-68 Sunday night, handing the Bruins only their second loss of the season.
Hill finished with 22 points for the Cardinal.
Arron Afflalo had 22 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Bruins, who were thoroughly outplayed in the second half and had their four-game winning streak snapped. Their only other loss came Jan. 6 at Oregon, 68-66.
Stanford's students rushed the court in a wild celebration as soon as the final buzzer sounded.
Anthony Goods scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half and hit four of the team's seven 3-pointers as Stanford won its third straight and sixth in seven to complete a sweep of the ranked Los Angeles schools after a 65-50 victory over No. 25 USC on Thursday night.
Maybe now it's the Cardinal's turn to earn a ranking. Stanford (14-5, 6-3 Pac-10) was picked to finish seventh in the surprisingly even Pac-10.
Fred Washington's three-point play with 6:27 remaining capped a 15-0 run and a stretch in which Stanford outscored UCLA 39-14 spanning back to late in the first half.
Afflalo scored at 6:21 to end a four-minute drought for the Bruins, but they couldn't get the key stops or rebounds in crunch time.
UCLA (18-2, 7-2), which won both meetings last season for the first time since 1995 after losing the previous six matchups, shot 35 percent in the second half. This marked the first time in seven meetings the game was decided by single digits.
Darren Collison added 17 points and Josh Shipp had nine points, six steals and five assists for the Bruins.
Stanford made 8 of its first 11 second-half baskets while UCLA went 6-of-19. Hill hit 8 of 10 shots and Stanford went 14-for-20 for 70 percent from the field after trailing 37-25 at halftime.
Hill and Goods hit back-to-back 3s to get the Cardinal to 49-44 with 10:38 left and Robin Lopez scored at 9:15 to cut UCLA's lead to 51-49, much to the delight of the fans at packed Maples Pavilion. A sellout crowd of 7,334 turned out for the nationally televised game on the same court where the Bruins clinched sole possession of their first conference title in nine years with a 75-54 victory last March.
Hill's 14-footer that rattled in tied the game at 8:28 and UCLA and he banked a go-ahead 3 at 7:29.
Goods' baseline 3-pointer at 16:33 pulled Stanford within 41-33 and he then made another basket at 13:25 to make it a seven-point game.
Stanford made 18-of-25 free throws after the break, while UCLA only got to the line six times and 15 overall.
Afflalo scored 11 points in his first 12 minutes. His three free throws at 10:22 sparked a 13-4 UCLA run capped by Russell Westbrook's transition dunk off a steal that made it 28-16. Stanford coach Trent Johnson quickly used a timeout.
Afflalo had eight points as UCLA outscored Stanford 15-9 to close the first half for a 37-25 lead at halftime. The Cardinal were held without a field goal for 7 1/2 minutes - going 0-for-8 in that span - before Carlton Weatherby's putback 44 seconds before halftime. Kenny Brown hit a 3-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer. UCLA coach Ben Howland considered that a huge momentum swing for Stanford.
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