Stanford Savagely Attacked by UCLA in Pac -12 Opener on the Farm, 80-66

Stanford guard Michael O’Connell (5) shoots next to UCLA forward Mac Etienne (12) during the first half at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto on Thu Dec 1, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Michael Roberson

STANFORD–The Stanford Cardinal (3-5; 0-1 Pac 12) were ambushed by the visiting and unfriendly #21 University of California at Los Angeles Bruins (.6-2: 1-0 Pac 12), 80-66, to open conference play.

The onslaught began immediately, as UCLA took a 17-0 lead the initial five minutes of the contest. Stanford finally lit the scoreboard at the 14:44 mark of the first half, on a turnaround jumper by sophomore forward Harrison Ingram.

The Bruins continued to lacerate the Cardinal with an advantage as large as 23 points, before ending the half up by 21, 50-29 UCLA.

Stanford displayed Cardinal Pride to begin the second 20 minute block, with a 9-0 start, narrowing the deficit to 12. The Bruins did not scratch a point for nearly four minutes themselves, but righted the ship and momentarily pushed the lead back to a comfortable margin with five minutes left in regulation.

The Cardinal continued to battle back and narrowed it to single digits (8) with less than five minutes in regulation, but the LA brown bears slapped the Bay Area tree back with their paws and won the game by 14, 80-66.

Senior forward Spencer Jones led the way for the Cardinal, with 18 points, hitting three bombs from beyond the arc. Fellow senior and Jones, Michael, chipped in 10 points and 5 assists for the home team.

The Bruins had three players tallying double-figures in scoring: Senior guard/forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. topped them with a game-high 27 points, freshman guard Amari Bailey contributed 19 points and 6 rebounds and senior guard Tyger Campbell offered 17 points and 8 assists.

Stanford will travel to Tempe, Arizona to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils, Sunday December 4, while UCLA hosts the Oregon Ducks on the same date in Westwood, California.

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