Dec. 29, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Lazeric Jones scored a career-high 26 points, but had a potential go-ahead jumper with three seconds remaining blocked by Josh Huestis, lifting Stanford to a 60-59 victory over UCLA in each team's opening Pac-12 game on Thursday night.
Jones' floating runner in the lane was swatted back by Huestis in the final seconds. Anthony Brown grabbed the rolling ball for Stanford (11-2, 1-0) and sprinted up court to seal a win at Maples Pavilion.
UCLA (7-6, 0-1) never led in the second half, but the Bruins did not trail by more than five points after halftime.
Aaron Bright had 16 points and Chasson Randle scored 10 for Stanford, which snapped UCLA's season-long five-game win streak.
The Bruins had won the previous three contests against Stanford and nine of the last 10 in the series.
Stanford raced to an 18-7 lead in the first 11 minutes of the game, before UCLA rallied back by halftime. Trailing 21-12 with fewer than five minutes to play in the opening half, the Bruins used an 11-3 run to reduce Stanford's cushion to 24-23 by halftime.
Trailing 56-51 with 4:47 remaining in the second half, UCLA cut Stanford's margin to 56-55 as Joshua Smith converted one of two free throws and Jones made three of five free throws.
Bright made a pair of free throws to put Stanford ahead, 58-55, before Tyler Lamb made a basket to bring UCLA within 58-57. Bright nailed two more free throws at the 1:24 mark and Lamb answered again with a jump shot with 1:05 remaining.
After Stanford called a timeout with 49 seconds to play, Bright missed a shot near the hoop and UCLA's David Wear grabbed the rebound, giving the Bruins one final chance to win the contest in regulation. Jerime Anderson missed a three-point attempt, and UCLA regained possession on a jump ball with nine seconds left before Jones' final shot attempt was blocked.
UCLA returns to action at California on Saturday, Dec. 31. Game time is 1 p.m. (PT). The contest between UCLA and California will be televised on FS West.