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Stanford Takes Down No. 23 UCLA, 83-74

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 STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Chasson Randle made a career-high seven 3-pointers and scored 26 points to help Stanford boost their case for an at-large NCAA tournament berth with an 83-74 victory over No. 23 UCLA on Saturday.

Josh Huestis tied a career high with 22 points and Anthony Brown had 18 for the Cardinal (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12), who have won five of six.

This might have been the most impressive of the bunch, coming against a ranked team playing its best basketball of the season. Stanford made 62 percent of its shots, topping 60 percent in a conference game for the first time since exactly 11 years ago against UCLA.

Zach LaVine and Norman Powell scored 14 points each and Tony Parker added 13 for the Bruins (21-6, 10-4), who entered the day one game behind No. 4 Arizona for the conference lead. Having lost the only scheduled meeting against the Wildcats, UCLA has little margin for error in its quest for the regular-season title.

The Cardinal are just looking to make the NCAA tournament for the first time in six seasons under coach Johnny Dawkins and this was the type of win they needed to impress the selection committee. Stanford has now beaten three ranked teams, its most in a single season since winning six in 2007-08 on the way to the round of 16 under former coach Trent Johnson.

Dwight Powell, who missed his only shot in the first half, scored nine points in the first 4 minutes of the second half to help the Cardinal open up a 52-39 lead.

The highlight came when Randle stole the ball from Anderson to start a fast break. Randle lobbed a pass to Huestis, who threw a lob back to Powell for a one-handed jam that got the fans out of their seats and led UCLA coach Steve Alford to call timeout.

The Bruins got back into the game with  a 13-2 run that featured three baskets from Parker that cut Stanford’s lead to 60-57 just past the midpoint of the half.

Brown answered with a 3-pointer out of a timeout and Randle followed with another 3 off an offensive rebound to build the lead back to 66-57.

Randle hit another 3 to make it 71-62 with 5:24 remaining and Stanford held on for the win.

It was quite a turnaround game for Randle, who shot 3 for 16 in a 91-74 loss at UCLA last month. He had his stroke all game in the rematch, topping his career high in made 3-pointers of six last reached in the Pac-12 tournament against Arizona State two years ago as a freshman.

Anderson scored or assisted on UCLA’s first seven baskets as the Bruins stayed close early. But they then went more than 5 minutes without a basket as Stanford scored 12 straight points midway through the first half to break open a tie game.

Huestis started the spurt with a dunk and finished with a putback. Randle and Robbie Lemons made 3-pointers and Marcus Allen scored on an acrobatic scoop shot just before the shot-clock buzzer to help give Stanford the cushion.

UCLA managed to get to the line frequently late in the half and cut the deficit to 38-30 at the break.

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