No. 7 UCLA Limits Stanford in 66-43 Win
LOS ANGELES – The No. 7-ranked UCLA men's basketball team jumped out to a sizable first half lead and never looked back in a 66-43 win over Stanford on Saturday night at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom.
Saturday's victory extended the Bruins' winning streak to a season-high six games. UCLA (16-2, 8-1 Pac-12) improved its record to 10-1 in games played at Pauley Pavilion this season.
Jules Bernard scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed a team-leading nine rebounds. Jake Kyman totaled a season-high 15 points, and Tyger Campbell finished with 10 points and nine assists.
UCLA's defensive effort was key to the Pac-12 victory. The Bruins forced 22 turnovers – the third time this season in which UCLA's opponent had committed at least 20 turnovers – and limited the visiting Cardinal to just 27 percent shooting. No player from Stanford scored in double figures, marking the first time since Nov. 16, 2018 (in a win over Saint Francis of Pennsylvania) in which the Bruins had accomplished that feat.
"I knew last March when we were on that run, when guys are defending because they want to and guys are trying to tip passes because they want to," said Mick Cronin, The Michael Price Family UCLA Men's Head Basketball Coach. "And when guys are going after the loose balls, not because I'm making them. You can tell as a coach when you've done this long enough, you can tell when the team is just trying to win at all costs. And if you don't win, you don't win. But you can't ask for anything more than that. Today, the effort under the circumstances was really unbelievable. And if our good shooters make shots, we win by 40."
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A hot start and a staunch defensive effort allowed the Bruins to jump out to a solid lead out of the gate. An old-fashioned 3-point play by Cody Riley put the Bruins on top, 11-4, at the first media timeout.
UCLA pushed its lead up to 21 points midway into the first half. After a pair of free throws by Bernard and a step-back jump shot from Campbell at the 5:30 mark, UCLA led Stanford by a 31-10 margin.
Stanford shot just 20 percent in the opening half and was 0-for-9 from 3-point distance. UCLA forced Stanford to commit 14 turnovers before halftime. At one point, the Bruins had held Stanford off the scoreboard for a nearly-six-minute stretch.
Four Bruins scored at least seven points in the first half.
Kyman and David Singleton, who finished with seven points, connected on back-to-back 3-pointers before halftime to help UCLA secure a 37-18 cushion at the intermission.
Stanford reduced its deficit to as few as 13 points in the second half. The Bruins pushed the advantage back up to 20 points after a jump shot from Bernard at the top of the paint with 5:08 to play. UCLA's lead grew to 26 points after a stepback effort from Kyman with 3:01 to play.
The Bruins will return to action at No. 3 Arizona on Thursday evening. Game time at Arizona's McKale Center (Tucson, Ariz.) is scheduled for 5 p.m. PT (6 p.m. MT in Arizona). The Bruins' game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
UCLA's game at Arizona State next Saturday will take place at 7 p.m. PT (8 p.m. MT). The Bruins' game against Arizona State will be nationally televised on either ESPN or ESPN2.