Sunday, February 24, 2002

No. 25 UCLA tops No. 10 Stanford

Wins for third straight year on Cardinal's court

The Associated Press

        STANFORD, Calif. — UCLA coach Steve Lavin thinks his 25th-ranked Bruins may have started yet another late-season rally.

        Jason Kapono scored 22 points as UCLA held off No.10 Stanford 95-92 Saturday to snap a two-game losing streak and win at Stanford for the third straight year.

        “The last few games when we struggled, we were thinking too much,” Kapono said. “We were more patient today and we came away with a great win.”

        Dan Gadzuric had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Bruins (18-9, 10-6 Pac-10).

        It was Gadzuric's seventh double-double of the season and third in four games.

        “It's the same old theme for our players since I've been here,” Lavin said. “They show the ability to come together and make a run during a tough time.”

        Casey Jacobsen scored 24 points for the Cardinal (17-8, 10-6), who lost two straight games for the first time this season. Julius Barnes added 17 points and Chris Hernandez had a career-high 14.

        Curtis Borchardt had his 13th double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds as Stanford lost at home to both Southern California and UCLA for the first time in 10 years and dropped consecutive home games for the first time since 1997.

        “They packed it in the middle and dared us to shoot it,” Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. “We just didn't connect. “We're not a very confident group right now,” Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said.

        The Bruins have never finished worse than fourth in the Pac-10 but with two games remaining are tied for fifth.

        Stanford, which has won or shared the last three conference titles, also is tied for fifth.

        Senior forward Matt Barnes, UCLA's third-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder, sat out the game while serving a one-game suspension for a fight on Thursday involving California's Shantay Legans. , who suffered a mild concussion as a result of the altercation

        Sophomore T.J. Cummings made his first collegiate start in Barnes' place.

        Stanford was missing sophomore forward Justin Davis, who is out with a bruised rib cage. Davis started 18 games this season.

        UCLA shot 67 percent in the second half and 58 percent overall, including 7-of-10 from 3-point range. It was the highest percentage by a Stanford opponent this season. It was the Bruins' third-best shooting effort of the season.

        “They came up with every loose ball and they never seemed to miss,” Montgomery said. “Gadzuric dominated the boards.”

        Montgomery was hit with a technical foul — his first of the year — as the teams left the court at halftime and Kapono made two free throws to open the second half for a 51-40 lead.

        Cummings hit a jumper to give the Bruins a 75-55 lead with 5:17 remaining, their biggest of the game.

        Stanford closed within 91-86 with 31 seconds left, but the Bruins were 18-of-23 from the foul line, including making their last eight, over the final four minutes.

        Barnes hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the final margin.

        Stanford tried to attack from the outside — taking a season-high 42 3-point attempts in 76 shots — with limited success. The Cardinal shot 33 percent from long range.

        Thompson had half the points in UCLA's 14-4 run that made it 40-32 with 3:37 left in the first half.

        UCLA (18-9) — Kapono 8-12 3-4 22, Cummings 2-4 2-2 6, Gadzuric 6-14 0-0 12, Knight 4-8 7-9 17, Bozeman 5-7 0-0 11, Thompson 4-5 4-4 13, Patterson 2-4 0-0 4, Walcott 0-0 6-8 6, Hines 1-1 2-2 4. Totals 32-55 24-29 95.

        STANFORD (17-8) — Johnson 3-6 4-4 11, Jacobsen 7-19 7-8 24, Borchardt 5-11 6-8 17, Barnes 6-19 2-2 17, Giovacchini 1-6 0-0 3, Kirchofer 1-1 1-1 3, Childress 1-7 0-0 3, Hernandez 4-6 2-4 14, Lottich 0-1 0-0 0, Little 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-76 22-27 92.

        Halftime—UCLA 49-40. 3-point goals—UCLA 7-10 (Kapono 3-3, Knight 2-4, Bozeman 1-1, Thompson 1-1, Cummings 0-1), Stanford 14-42 (Hernandez 4-5, Jacobsen 3-11, Barnes 3-11, Borchardt 1-2, Johnson 1-3, Giovacchini 1-4, Childress 1-5, Lottich 0-1). Fouled out—Jacobsen, Gadzuric. Rebounds—UCLA 37 (Gadzuric 15), Stanford 35 (Borchardt 14). Assists—UCLA 20 (Kapono 5), Stanford 17 (Jacobsen, Barnes 5). Technical fouls—Stanford coach Montgomery, Gadzuric. Total fouls—UCLA 21, Stanford 23. A—7,391.


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