The UCLA Bruins won their seventh straight game with a 68-60 win over the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday afternoon at Pauley Pavilion. UCLA won by holding down Stanford on the defensive end, limiting the Cardinal to a 40 effective field goal percentage.
After UCLA held a double-digit lead for much of the second half, Stanford came back to make things interesting in the final minute by cutting the lead to five. Ultimately, it was too little, too late as the Bruins held on for the win.
Shabazz Muhammad started slow on offense for UCLA, but came alive in the second half to finish with a double-double. The star freshman scored 23 points on 6 of 12 from the field with 10 rebounds. Jordan Adams also reached double figures, scoring 12. Adams made a huge impact on the defensive end, nabbing seven steals and blocking a shot.
Stanford's Dwight Powell put up 17 points and 13 rebounds, but nearly had a triple-double with turnovers. Powell gave the ball away seven times, nearly wiping out most of the positives he had on offense. The Cardinal now drop to 0-2 in conference play after suffering a surprising loss to USC earlier this week.
UCLA heads to the mountains for its first true road games of the year when it faces Utah and Colorado next.