STANFORD, Calif. -- Lawrence Hill rattled in a 14-footer to
tie the game. His go-ahead 3-pointer was only slightly prettier: It
"Honestly, I just black out," he said. "I know when the play
is designed for scoring and I have an opportunity to get it in.
That's my focus. Whatever works."
Stanford made nearly everything work in the second half.
Hill scored seven straight points -- including those two key
baskets -- and the Cardinal rallied in the final 20 minutes to stun
UCLA (No. 2 ESPN/USA Today; No. 3 AP) 75-68 on Sunday night, handing the Bruins just their
second loss of the season.
Hill finished with 22 points for the Cardinal, who are making
quite the case for being a contender after all.
Arron Afflalo had 22 points, six rebounds and five assists for
the Bruins. But even he had trouble as the Bruins were thoroughly
outplayed in the second half and had their four-game winning streak
snapped. Their only other loss came Jan. 6 at Oregon, 68-66.
Stanford's students rushed the court in a wild celebration at
the final buzzer.
"It's awesome," guard Anthony Goods said. "We knew it would
be a critical game. We all got our share of bruises today, but we
kept fighting and never gave up."
Goods scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half when the
coaches kept saying to calmly chip away. He hit four of the team's
seven 3-pointers as Stanford won its third straight and sixth in
seven to complete a sweep of the ranked Los Angeles schools after a
65-50 victory over USC (No. 25 AP) on Thursday night.
Maybe now it's the Cardinal's turn to earn a ranking. Stanford
(14-5, 6-3 Pac-10) was picked to finish seventh in the surprisingly
They have another tough one at home Wednesday night against
"Obviously we're pretty happy and we have a lot to be happy
about," said coach Trent Johnson, who went to a smaller lineup
after halftime. "We'll enjoy it tonight and then at 3 o'clock
tomorrow get ready for another good team."
Fred Washington's three-point play with 6:27 remaining capped a
15-0 run and a stretch in which Stanford outscored UCLA 39-14
spanning back to late in the first half.
Afflalo scored at 6:21 to end a four-minute drought for the
Bruins, but they couldn't get the key stops or rebounds in crunch
"We just didn't come out with the intensity we needed to in the
second half," Afflalo said. "We didn't capitalize on the little
things. We missed a few layups and one or two shots we normally
make. We have to be a little more mature in the way we close things
UCLA (18-2, 7-2), which won both meetings last season for the
first time since 1995 after losing the previous six matchups, shot
35 percent in the second half. This marked the first time in seven
meetings the game was decided by single digits.
Stanford made 8 of its first 11 second-half baskets while UCLA
went 6-for-19. Hill hit 8 of 10 shots and Stanford went 14-for-20
for 70 percent from the field after trailing 37-25 at halftime.
Hill and Goods hit back-to-back 3s to get the Cardinal to 49-44
with 10:38 left and Robin Lopez scored at 9:15 to cut UCLA's lead
to 51-49, much to the delight of the fans at packed Maples
Pavilion. A sellout crowd of 7,334 turned out for the nationally
televised game on the same court where the Bruins clinched sole
possession of their first conference title in nine years with a
75-54 victory last March.
Hill made the tying shot at 8:28 and made the 3 at 7:29.
Goods' baseline 3-pointer at 16:33 pulled Stanford within 41-33
and he then made another basket at 13:25 to make it a seven-point
Stanford made 18-of-25 free throws after the break, while UCLA
only got to the line six times and 15 overall. The Bruins blew it
after a 17-point lead in the first half.
"No excuses. We had a golden opportunity with a 17-point
lead," UCLA coach Ben Howland said. "We've got to do a better job
keeping the killer instinct."
Afflalo scored 11 points in his first 12 minutes. His three free
throws at 10:22 sparked a 13-4 UCLA run capped by Russell
Westbrook's transition dunk off a steal that made it 28-16. Johnson
quickly used a timeout.
Afflalo had eight points as UCLA outscored Stanford 15-9 to
close the first half for a 37-25 lead at halftime. The Cardinal
were held without a field goal for 7½ minutes -- going 0-for-8 in
that span -- before Carlton Weatherby's putback 44 seconds before
halftime. Kenny Brown hit a 3-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer.
Howland considered that a huge momentum swing for Stanford. So
did the Cardinal.
"I was pretty positive -- 12 sounds so much better than 17,"
Washington said of the deficit.
Brook Lopez had eight rebounds and seven points after getting a
school-record 12 blocks on Thursday night against USC and the first
triple-double in school history. His twin brother Robin picked up
two first-half fouls, as did Washington, but both played a smart
Ryan Wright, a 6-8 forward, appeared for the first time in four
games for the Bruins to help handle the load of the Lopezes and
Stanford's other bigmen inside.