Three UCLA freshmen live up to billing in beating Stanford
PALO ALTO, Calif. — This, in case anyone has forgotten, was what the buzz was all about.
UCLA’s freshmen were billed as capable of anything, short of leaping tall buildings in a single bound. Those pesky expectations that came with the nation’s No. 2 recruiting class have been out of reach at times.
So the Bruins’ 88-80 victory over Stanford on Saturday was just a reminder of what was possible.
Shabazz Muhammad, Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson combined for 63 of the Bruins’ points. Allowed to be free-range freshmen, the three were able to bury a bad night against California and move the Bruins forward in a tightly wound Pac-12 Conference race.
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“We came here to lead our team to the (NCAA) tournament and go far in the tournament,” said Muhammad, who had 25 points. “That’s what we have to do.”
The Bruins (19-7, 9-4 Pac-12) won’t run into teams that play defense like Stanford in the tournament. The Cardinal (15-11, 6-7) was good medicine.
By the time the Bruins were done, memories of the 76-63 defeat Thursday at Cal had less bite.
The Bruins’ no-show performance at Cal dropped them out of a tie for first place. The Bears showed everyone how to handle UCLA, applying defensive pressure and running double teams at Muhammad.
The Cardinal, apparently, didn’t get the memo, and the Bruins shot 54 percent.
Arizona State 63
at Colorado 62, OT
Evan Gordon’s buzzer-beating layup in overtime lifted the Sun Devils (19-7, 8-5) past the Buffaloes (17-8, 7-6). Gordon’s game-winner came after Spencer Dinwiddie’s bucket with 8.3 seconds left had given the Buffaloes a 62-61 lead. Jahii Carson’s 18 points led the Sun Devils. Dinwiddie led Colorado with 24 points.