UCLA hoops (12-3, 2-0 Pac-12) has earned its seventh-straight win and continue Pac-12 play with a win over Stanford (9-6, 0-2 Pac-12), 68-60.
Shabazz Muhammad led UCLA in scoring with 23 points off of 6-for-12 shooting while also going 10-for-13 from the foul line, although six attempts came in the final minute of play with the Cardinal attempting to rally after trailing by as many as 15 in the second half. Fellow freshman Kyle Anderson led the Bruins in rebounding for the second straight game with 12 boards while also earning three assists. Larry Drew II quietly led the team in assists with seven, continuing his impressive, season-long performance as the Bruins’ point man.
The Bruins started slow for the third straight game, scoring just 30 points at the end of the first half with Travis and David Wear accounting for 15 of UCLA’s first 17 points to start. The Cardinal, however, struggled offensively for much of the night (as they have all season) and notched just 22 points at the end of the first period.
Early in the second half, UCLA built up a 41-29 lead and didn’t relinquish control of the contest until the Cardinal fought back in the final four minutes, when Roscoe Allen completed a putback dunk to cut UCLA’s once-15-point lead to eight. Stanford came within five points of UCLA off a Chasson Randle three-pointer with under a minute to go, but the Bruins pulled away and secured their seventh straight win, their longest winning streak since 2008-09.
UCLA will travel to Utah to play the Utes in the Jon Huntsman Center on January 10 at 6:30 p.m. ET.