|Aaron Holiday shoots over Stanford's Michael Humphrey at Maples Pavilion (AP photo)|
By: UCLA Athletics
STANFORD, Calif. - Bryce Alford scored 20 points and Isaac Hamilton finished with 19 as UCLA lost at Stanford, 79-70, before 6,364 at Maples Pavilion on Saturday afternoon.
Stanford (15-12, 8-8) used a 9-0 scoring run in the game’s final six minutes to secure a 73-62 lead with 2:39 to play after the Bruins had trailed by just two points.
Michael Humphrey scored a game-leading 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the host Cardinal, in what was Stanford’s final home game of the regular season. Rosco Allen totaled 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
UCLA (15-14, 6-10) trailed Stanford by just one point at halftime, 34-33, and opened the second half by taking a 38-37 lead after a 3-pointer from Hamilton at the 18:53 mark.
Stanford responded with a layup from Marcus Allen, who was fouled on the play and converted the ensuing free throw to give the Cardinal a 40-38 cushion. Stanford extended its margin to six points – 44-38 – on back-to-back baskets from Humprey and led by as many as eight points – 49-41 – with 14:01 remaining.
The Bruins were able to cut Stanford’s lead to as few as two points with under seven minutes left in the second half. A jumper by Thomas Welsh reduced UCLA’s deficit to 62-59 with 7:19 to play, before Stanford pushed its lead back to five points on a jump shot from Humphrey. Alford’s 3-pointer with 6:22 to go trimmed Stanford’s margin to 64-62.
Alford finished the game shooting 7-for-15 from the field, making a season-high 6 of 12 shots from beyond the 3-point arc. Hamilton connected on 6 of 14 shots, going 3-for-6 from 3-point range.
Stanford finished the game having shot 61.2 percent from the field, making 30 of 49 field goal attempts. The Cardinal shot 46.7 percent from 3-point distance, making 7 of 15 shots from downtown.
UCLA returns to action against Oregon on Wednesday, March 2. Game time in Pauley Pavilion is slated for 6 p.m. (PT). UCLA’s game against the Ducks will be nationally televised on ESPN2.