The UCLA Bruins (19-7, 9-4 Pac-12) defeated the Stanford Cardinal (15-11, 6-7 Pac-12) by the final score of 88-80 this afternoon.
After two losses this weekend and losing three of their last four the Cardinal are now in a big hole if they still want to get to the NCAA tournament in March. Things would be a completely different story had they been able to win this afternoon against a quality opponent, but that did not happen.
The win for the Bruins puts them half a game back of the Oregon Ducks who are playing right now, and half a game ahead of the Arizona Wildcats.
While the Bruins ended the game with 14 turnovers compared to Stanford’s six they were able to overcome it and get the victory. Unfortunately for the Cardinal poor team field goal shooting (38.5%) once again led to their demise.
In the first half both teams went back and forth, and the Bruins even had a 10 point lead at one point, but the Cardinal fought back to make the score 43-38 at the half.
The Cardinal spread the wealth as far as scoring went with Aaron Bright and Dwight Powell leading the team with 11 points each. Bright hit five out of his seven shots while Powell went five of eight including four rebounds. Also, Chasson Randle scored 10 points hitting three of eight from the field.
UCLA was led by Jordan Adams and who filled the stat sheet knocking down 11 points and also getting three rebounds to go with his three assists. Shabazz Muhammad had 10 points as the other Bruin in double figures. Larry Drew II ended the half with eight points and more importantly five assists.
The second half was no different as Stanford hung tough all the way until the end. Unfortunately, UCLA’s offense proved too much as the Bruins kept on racking up points while Stanford struggled at times. A late four-point play by Shabazz Muhammad was a heart-breaker for the Cardinal that was part of eight points he scored in the final two minutes of play.
For the Cardinal, Josh Huestis finished the game with 11 points and 12 rebounds for another double-double on the season while Powell finished just shy of one with 22 points and eight rebounds. Bright ended the game with 19 points and Randle finished with 17.
On the Bruins side Kyle Anderson had monster second half and ended the game with 18 points and 13 boards while Adams finished with 20 points. Larry Drew II, the top assist-man in the Pac-12, finished with seven assists to go with his 14 points.
Stanford will have plenty of time to go over this loss with five days off and then plays the Oregon State Beavers on February 21st.