UCLA Holds Off Stanford, 68-60, to Win Seventh Straight
Jan. 5, 2013
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Shabazz Muhammad scored 17 of his game-high 23 points in the second half to lead UCLA to its seventh straight win, a 68-60 decision against Stanford before 10,266 in New Pauley Pavilion on Saturday.
Jordan Adams added 12 points and Kyle Anderson had 12 rebounds for the Bruins (12-3, 2-0 Pac-12), who are on their longest run of consecutive wins since taking 10 in a row during the 2008-09 season. UCLA has won eight of its last nine games.
The victory allowed UCLA to complete a sweep on opening weekend of Pac-12 play. The Bruins beat California by a 79-65 margin on Thursday night.
Dwight Powell had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Chasson Randle added 17 points for Stanford (9-6, 0-2). The Cardinal lost at Southern California, 71-69, two days earlier, and they fell to 9-29 on the road in conference play dating to the 2008-09 season. They have dropped 15 of their last 16 on the Los Angeles road trip.
The Bruins built a 15-point lead with 6:33 to play, but they got sloppy. UCLA committed eight turnovers while Stanford scored nine of the next 11 points to close to 57-49. John Gage, who finished with 10 points, scored five in a row in the spurt.
Larry Drew II, who had seven assists, made a layup that restored UCLA's lead to 10 points. Then Adams missed three straight free throws, while Randle hit a layup and 3-pointer to get Stanford to 59-54 with 47 seconds left.
The Bruins made 9 of 10 free throws after Adams' misses to end the game.
UCLA entered Saturday's game having averaged a Pac-12-leading 80.8 points and had averaged 90.2 in their previous five games. Against Stanford, the Bruins were 21 of 51 from the floor and had 14 turnovers, as did the Cardinal.
Both teams shot poorly in the first half of a game that tipped off at noon PST. The Bruins were 9 of 25 from the field - missing their first six shots and trailing by four points - while the Cardinal were 7 of 26.
The Wear twins combined to score UCLA's first 15 points. Travis Wear had seven in a row before David scored the next eight, including back-to-back 3-pointers to extend the Bruins' lead to 15-11.
UCLA used a 6-3 run to end the half leading 30-22.
Game Notes: UCLA has won 11 of its last 13 games against Stanford ... the Bruins have won their last eight home contests against Stanford ... UCLA head coach Ben Howland improved his career record against Stanford to 13-7 ... freshman Kyle Anderson finished with 12 rebounds, logging his sixth game this season with at least 10 boards ... freshman Shabazz Muhammad registered his second double-double of the season, totaling 23 points and 10 rebounds ... Muhammad has scored in double figures in all 12 games played ... senior Larry Drew II finished with seven assists and one turnover - through UCLA's last six games (all at home), Drew II has logged 54 assists and seven turnovers (assist turnover ratio of 7.7 to 1) ... twin brothers David and Travis Wear collectively scored UCLA's first 15 points over the game's first 10:29 ... freshman Jordan Adams notched a career-high seven steals.
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