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Strong Second Half Gives UCLA 68-57 Win Over Stanford

The UCLA Bruins rallied in the second half to defeat the Stanford Cardinal, 68-57 at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins trailed by a point at halftime, but with the win captured their fourth straight victory. Malcolm Lee led the Bruins with 23 points, making six of 11 field goals.

Tyler Honeycutt scored 16 points for the Bruins, to go along with five blocked shots. UCLA got stellar play from their backcourt, as Lazeric Jones added 17 points for the Bruins. Jones and Lee combined for 40 points, and the duo made a combined 19 of 21 free throws. UCLA enjoyed a 33-15 free throw advantage, and the Bruins made 25 of their 33 attempts (75.8%). UCLA outscored Stanford 42-30 in the second half.

It was a miserable weekend for the Cardinal, who shot just 30.8% for the game. They shot 22.2% in a 23-point loss Thursday night against USC, meaning their weekend in Los Angeles was a bricklaying convention, as Stanford made just 34 of 128 shots (26.6%). The Cardinal lost their third straight game, and were swept in Los Angeles for the sixth consecutive season. Josh Owens led the Cardinal with 14 points.

Freshman center Joshua Smith didn't play today, with neck soreness and stiffness. Smith banged his head on the floor Thursday night against Cal. UCLA is now 5-2 in conference play, and will end the weekend at no worse than tied for second place in the Pac-10. They head out on the road next week, beginning with a Thursday battle with the Arizona Wildcats (15-4, 4-2 before their game at Washington State tonight).

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