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Bruins, Cardinal tied for fifth in Pac-10

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- UCLA coach Steve Lavin thinks his
25th-ranked Bruins may have started yet another late season rally.

Jason Kapono scored 22 points as UCLA held off Stanford (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP)
95-92 on Saturday to snap a two-game losing streak and win at
Stanford for the third straight year.

"We always feel so free here and play with poise," Kapono
said. "The last few games when we struggled, we were thinking too
much. We were more patient today and we came away with a great
win."

Dan Gadzuric had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Bruins (18-9,
10-6 Pac-10), while Billy Knight had 17 points and Dijon Thompson
13.

It was Gadzuric's seventh double-double of the season and third
in four games.

"It's the same old theme for our players since I've been
here," Lavin said. "They show the ability to come together and
make a run during a tough time."

Casey Jacobsen scored 24 points for the Cardinal (17-8, 10-6),
who lost two straight for the first time this season. Julius Barnes
added 17 points and Chris Hernandez had a career-high 14.

Curtis Borchardt had his 13th double-double with 17 points and
14 rebounds as Stanford lost at home to both Southern California
and UCLA for the first time in 10 years, and dropped consecutive
home games for the first time since 1997.

"They packed it in the middle and dared us to shoot it,"
Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. "We just didn't connect.
We're not a very confident group right now."

The Bruins have never finished lower than fourth in the Pac-10,
but with two games remaining, they are in a tie for fifth.

Stanford, which has won or shared the last three conference
titles, enters the final weekend of play also tied for fifth.

Senior forward Matt Barnes, UCLA's third-leading scorer and
second-leading rebounder, sat out the game while serving a one-game
suspension for a fight on Thursday involving California's Shantay
Legans, who suffered a mild concussion as a result of the
altercation.

Sophomore T.J. Cummings made his first collegiate start in
Barnes' place.

Stanford was missing sophomore forward Justin Davis, out with a
bruised rib cage. Davis started 18 games this season.

UCLA shot 67 percent in the second half and 58 percent overall,
including 7-of-10 from 3-point range. It was the highest percentage
by a Stanford opponent this season. It was the Bruins' third-best
shooting effort of the season.

"They came up with every loose ball and they never seemed to
miss," Montgomery said. "Gadzuric dominated the boards."

Montgomery was hit with a technical foul -- his first of the year
-- as the teams left the court at halftime and Kapono made two free
throws to open the second half for a 51-40 lead.

Cummings hit a jumper to give the Bruins a 75-55 lead with 5:17
remaining, their biggest of the game.

Stanford closed within 91-86 with 31 seconds left, but the
Bruins were 18-of-23 from the foul line, including making their
last eight, over the final four minutes.

Barnes hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the final margin.

Stanford tried to attack from the outside -- taking a season-high
42 3-point attempts in 76 shots -- with limited success. The
Cardinal shot 33 percent from long range.

Thompson had half the points in UCLA's 14-4 run that made it
40-32 with 3:37 left in the first half.