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Anderson paces UCLA past Stanford 88-80

Posted: February 16, 2013 4:04 p.m.
Updated: February 16, 2013 4:04 p.m.

UCLA's Kyle Anderson, center, right, grabs a rebound next to Stanford's Andy Brown (11) in Stanford on Saturday.

 

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Anderson had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Shabazz Muhammad made a late four-point play and UCLA held on to beat Stanford 88-80 on Saturday.

Two days after struggling offensively in a 13-point loss at California, the Bruins (19-7, 9-4 Pac-12) bounced back behind a stellar effort from their two prized freshmen. Anderson recorded his team-leading seventh double-double while Muhammad finished with 25 points, eight in the final 1:52.

Dwight Powell scored 22 points while Aaron Bright had 19 for Stanford. The Cardinal (15-11, 6-7) have dropped three of their last four games.

The Bruins weren't as crisp as coach Ben Howland would prefer heading into the stretch run of the season, but they were sharp enough to beat Stanford for the ninth time in the last 11 meetings between the two conference rivals.

UCLA also stayed on the heels of first-place Oregon and, at least temporarily, moved one-half game ahead of No. 9 Arizona for sole possession of second.

It wasn't easy — or pretty.

Muhammad fell two points shy of his career high but shot a pair of airballs. At one point, seemingly frustrated over not getting the ball in the second half, he allowed Stanford's Andy Brown to streak past him for an easy layup.

The Bruins also committed 14 turnovers, nine in the first half.

Anderson kept things from getting out of hand with his best showing in more than a month. The 6-foot-9 guard scored 13 of his points in the second half and fed Muhammad for a key layup with 1:34 left to play.

Jordan Adams added 20 points on 7 of 9 shooting while Larry Drew had 14 points and seven assists for the Bruins.

UCLA started sluggishly in its loss to Cal, falling behind by 25 points in the first half, and didn't get out of the blocks quickly against the Cardinal either. The Bruins committed four early turnovers and allowed a pair of uncontested drives by Bright on consecutive trips down the court.

Drew got UCLA going with a 3-pointer that sparked a 12-5 run, most of it coming with Muhammad on the bench. He returned after almost four minutes out and immediately scored on a layup, then later added a thunderous dunk and two free throws to put the Bruins up 38-28 with 4:35 left in the half.

Bright and Chasson Randle both hit 3s and combined to score Stanford's final 10 points, pulling the Cardinal within 41-38 before Jordan Adams drove the baseline and scored on a layup just before the buzzer to put the Bruins up by five at the break.

Stanford, which lost to UCLA 68-60 on Jan. 5, stayed close in the second half and was within 75-71 with 2:14 remaining when Muhammad made his only 3-pointer of the afternoon and was fouled by Randle. Muhammad made the free throw to complete the four-point play and the Bruins made seven free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

Josh Huestis had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Stanford.

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