Feb. 9, 2012
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lazeric Jones scored 21 points and UCLA pulled away with a late 10-0 run to defeat Stanford, 72-61, in a Pac-12 contest at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Thursday evening.
"That was a big win for us over a good team," UCLA head coach Ben Howland said. "We built a nice lead, twice in the first half, and both times they grinded back into the game. Their zone bothered us and forced us into 19 turnovers."
Stanford (16-8, 6-6) extended its winless streak in Los Angeles. The Cardinal have not won a road game against the Bruins or Southern California since 2004-05, going 0 for 13 in that stretch. Stanford plays at USC on Sunday.
Chasson Randle was the only Stanford player in double figures, registering 16 points. The Cardinal committed 22 turnovers, leading to 28 points for UCLA, which had a season-high 15 steals. UCLA also totaled 11 blocks, with Anthony Stover and Travis Wear each swatting three shots.
UCLA led by 16 points in the first half but saw its lead reduced to three points late in the second half. The Bruins scored their final nine points on free throws as Stanford repeatedly fouled UCLA.
"We were way too loose with the ball, which is uncharacteristic," Howland said. "We hit big shots down the stretch, particularly Jones and Lamb. We did a good job holding them under 40 percent shooting. It was a good win for us overall."
UCLA controlled the first half and led at halftime, 35-27.
In the first half, the Bruins extended their lead to as many as 16 points (25-9) with 9:21 to play. Stanford countered with a quick 5-0 scoring run, reducing the Bruins' margin to 25-14 over the next 1:09.
Leading 27-19 with 7:01 left in the first half, UCLA used a 6-0 run to secure a 33-19 cushion with 3:38 to play before halftime.
Stanford's Josh Huestis made two free throws at the 3:23 mark and John Gage nailed a three-point basket with 1:08 left in the half to cut UCLA's advantage to 33-24.