Stanford Cardinal Sunday game wrap: High-flying Bruins shut down Stanford

January 8, 2017

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gostanford.com photo: Pauley Pavilion at UCLA the site of the Stanford Cardinal eight loss and fourth loss without a win in the Pac 12 against the UCLA Bruins on Sunday night

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Sunday, January 8, 2017

Despite an outstanding effort by Michael Humphrey and a furious second-half comeback, Stanford fell to No. 4/5 UCLA 89-75 in a Sunday night men’s basketball game at Pauley Pavilion.

Humphrey seems to have the Bruins’ number. Last year, he had 24 points and nine rebounds in a Stanford win over UCLA. On Sunday, Humphrey bagged a career- and game-high 27 points, hitting 12 of 22 from the field.

An announced crowd of 13,659 also saw Humphrey pull down 14 rebounds for his sixth career double-double.

Robert Cartwright added 18 points and a career-high nine assists for the Cardinal, and Dorian Pickens scored 12 points – his fifth straight game of scoring in double figures.

After trailing 48-30 at halftime, the Cardinal (8-8 overall, 0-4 Pac-12) outscored UCLA 45-41 over the next 20 minutes. Stanford pulled to within 61-50 at 13:12 of the second half, The Bruins (16-1 overall, 3-1 Pac-12) outscored Stanford 28-25 from that point on.

Lonzo Ball led UCLA with 21 points, eight assists, six rebounds, two blocks and three steals. Bryce Alford scored 17 points, followed by 15 points apiece for Isaac Hamilton and TJ Leaf.

Stanford shot 38 percent (28 of 74) from the field overall, but hit 14 of 18 free throws, The Cardinal also forced UCLA into 16 turnovers. The Bruins, meanwhile, hit 50 percent from the floor (31 of 62), including 55 percent (11 of 20) on 3-pointers.

Leaf, who had six assists, grabbed 10 boards as UCLA held a 43-40 rebounding edge.

The Cardinal will try to snap their four-game skid on Thursday, when they host Washington State at Maples Pavilion.

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