UCLA Bested by OT Buzzer Beater at Stanford, 73-72
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Sophomore Johnny Juzang scored a career-high 27 points as No. 20-ranked UCLA lost in overtime to Stanford, 73-72, in a Pac-12 game on Saturday at Kaiser Permanente Arena.
UCLA (12-3, 8-1 Pac-12) absorbed its first loss in Pac-12 play and saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end.
Stanford (9-5, 5-3) overcame UCLA in the game's final seconds, as Oscar da Silva scored on a layup as time expired on an inbounds play with 0.8 seconds left. With 5.5 seconds remaining and UCLA ahead 72-71, Stanford raced down the court before junior Jalen Hill blocked a shot by Jaden Delaire with under one second to play. The Cardinal scored on the ensuing inbounds play with just 0.8 seconds remaining.
"We win as a team, we lose as a team," said Mick Cronin, The Michael Price Family UCLA Men's Head Basketball Coach. "It's the same play they ran at the end of the half. The same guys were in that gave up the same layup at the end of the first half. At the end of the day, it's the coaching staff's job to make sure you're prepared for something like that. That's how I look at it."
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UCLA trailed for the majority of Saturday's game but fought back late to force overtime. In the back-and-forth overtime session, the Bruins erased a late 68-62 deficit and took a 72-71 lead with just over five seconds to play, thanks to an old-fashioned 3-point play by sophomore Tyger Campbell.
Juzang was electric for the Bruins, scoring a career-high 27 points. He registered the most points in a game this season by any UCLA player, connected on 11 of 18 shots from the field and made 5 of 8 attempts from 3-point territory. The Tarzana, Calif. native scored 21 consecutive points for UCLA – from the 8:01 mark of the first half until Jake Kyman's 3-pointer with 14:55 remaining in the second half.
Sophomore Jaime Jaquez Jr. added 14 points and Campbell scored 13. As a team, UCLA made 13 of 14 free throw shots.
Da Silva finished with a team-best 26 points for Stanford. He was 9-for-9 at the free throw line. Delaire finished with 19 points, while Stanford's Spencer Jones added 13.
Strong offensive efforts from Juzang (9 points) and Kyman (8 points) as well as some clutch play-making allowed the Bruins to overcome deficits as large as six in the second half.
Trailing by four with 4:09 remaining in regulation, the Bruins closed the second half on a 9-5 scoring run to send the game to overtime. That scoring spree was spark by a 3-pointer from Kyman and was capped by Campbell driving past Stanford's defenders with a game-tying layup.
UCLA rallied again in overtime, with Jaquez Jr. and Campbell scoring five points each over the game's final 90 seconds. That helped erase a six-point deficit for UCLA.
The Bruins return home to face Oregon on Thursday, Jan. 28. Game time is 6 p.m. (PT) in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. UCLA will also take on Oregon State on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 4 p.m. (PT).