Bruins Ready For Showdown With No. 1 Stanford

March 3, 2000

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford, given a gift by Oregon State, tries to keep its newfound cushion atop the Pac-10 in a matchup with UCLA on Saturday.

The top-ranked Cardinal (25-1, 14-1) suddenly found themselves alone atop the conference Thursday with a one-game lead and three games remaining. Stanford hammered Southern California 111-68 that night, while No. 3 Arizona suffered a stunning 70-69 overtime defeat at Oregon State.

Freshman Casey Jacobsen scored 23 points and Jarron Collins added 19 for Stanford, which has won 13 straight games and has shown it has an offense to go with its suffocating defense. The Cardinal have scored at least 77 points in their last five games and are averaging 92 points per game in that span. Stanford, which held Southern Cal to 37 percent from the field, is holding opponents to 33.9 percent shooting this season.

The game also featured a bizarre moment when Trojans forward Jarvis Turner, who was injured and in street clothes, held Jacobsen's jersey as he drove in front of the Southern Cal bench.

"That is a first. It was very, very bizarre," Jacobsen said of Turner's grab. "I was in the corner, a guy was flying at me. I tried to drive and I couldn't move."

Stanford concludes its regular season with games at Arizona and Arizona State. Next Thursday's matchup with the Wildcats will likely decide the Pac-10 title.

UCLA (16-11, 7-8) has won three straight games to play itself back into NCAA tournament contention. The Bruins rolled to an 83-62 victory at California on Thursday, keeping alive their hopes for a 12th straight appearance in the field of 64.

Dan Gadzuric scored a career-high 22 points and Jason Kapono added 20 for the Bruins, who clinched a winning record for an NCAA-record 52nd straight season by erasing a 19-point first-half deficit.

UCLA will also get small forward JaRon Rush back for Saturday's game. Rush has appeared in only three games this season due to a pair of NCAA suspensions for rules violations. The NCAA reduced Rush's second suspension from 29 games to nine games, allowing him to return against Stanford.

Kapono is averaging 16.5 points per game and Jerome Moiso averages 13.1.

Stanford beat UCLA 78-63 on Feb. 3 at Pauley Pavilion behind 17 points from Jacobsen. The Cardinal has won five straight against the Bruins, who hold a 121-80 lead in the all-time series.

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