UCLA Beats Stanford 68-60 For 7th Win In A Row
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shabazz Muhammad scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half when UCLA pulled away to defeat Stanford 68-60 on Saturday, extending its winning streak to seven games.
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. They won their eighth straight at home against Stanford, and 11th in their last 12.
The victory allowed UCLA to complete a sweep on opening weekend of Pac-12 play. The Bruins beat California 79-65 on Thursday.
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.
The Bruins’ high-octane offense sputtered in the slow-moving game. They came in averaging a Pac-12-leading 80.8 points and they’d averaged 90.2 in their previous five games. They 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.
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