STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Stanford coach Mike Montgomery, wearing
a sly smile, began his post-game press conference with a simple declaration.
"Never a doubt,'' he said. "A one-point win in this league?
We'll take it.''
Josh Childress scored 18 points as Stanford held off UCLA 52-51
on Thursday night in a game that remained in doubt until the final
Rob Little added 12 points as the Cardinal (13-5, 4-2 in the Pac-10) beat UCLA at home for the first time in four years. They won their fourth in five games overall.
"We seem to keep hanging in there,'' said Montgomery. "We made a lot of mental mistakes but we found a way to win. Our shot selection was pretty poor but we did defend. That's a credit to our resilience.''
Jason Kapono scored 13 points to lead the Bruins (4-10, 2-4),
who lost five straight for the first time in 55 years.
"We put ourselves in a position to win,'' said UCLA coach Steve Lavin. "We have been beating ourselves night after night, but Stanford beat us tonight; we didn't lose it.''
Stanford missed a shot with 16 seconds left but UCLA, which outscored the Cardinal 7-1 in the final six minutes, missed three shots in the final seven seconds.
The Bruins, who won their two previous conference road games, were coming off their worst ever loss at Pauley Pavilion, an 87-52 decision to top-ranked Arizona on Saturday.
UCLA last suffered a five-game losing streak during the 1947-48 season, the year before John Wooden took over.
UCLA won its last three games at Maples, twice when Stanford was ranked No. 1 in the nation.
"None of our guys can be faulted for the final seconds,'' said Lavin. "We fought hard and fell only one play short.''
Bruins' sophomore forward Andre Patterson, the team's leading rebounder, rolled his left ankle in the game's first two minutes and did not return.
Stanford played without junior forward Justin Davis, out with a strained left knee ligament, for the fifth straight game.
The 52 points represented a season low for Stanford, but UCLA's
point production was also the lowest for a Cardinal opponent this
"This really feels good,'' said Stanford's Julius Barnes. "It
wasn't the style I thought it was going to be. It was ugly.''
Freshman guard Jason Haas hit a 3-pointer with 8:37 remaining to
play to highlight a 19-5 run that gave Stanford a 48-40 advantage.
The Bruins didn't quit though, remaining within striking
distance the rest of the way. Dijon Thompson, who had 12 points,
made a pair of free throws to bring UCLA within 51-49 with 3:16
T.J. Cummings brought the Bruins within 52-51 with 45 seconds
remaining after a follow shot.
Neither team shot well in the opening minutes. Stanford missed
nine of its first 12 shots while the Bruins missed 10 of their
Dan Grunfeld hit a 3-pointer with 7:06 remaining in the first half to give the Cardinal a 20-11 lead but Thompson scored six points in the final 2:18 of the half to lead a Bruins surge that tied it by halftime at 29.
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