It took Stanford's best shooting performance in a Pac-12 game in exactly 11 seasons to beat No. 23 UCLA 83-74 in front of 7,031 fans at Maples Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. But it also took something the Cardinal discovered in itself in the month since losing by 17 points to the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion. "The team that played down in L.A. was a totally different team than we are now," said senior Josh Huestis, who equaled his career high with 22 points. "We've grown quite a bit. We're much more aggressive, we're tougher." The Cardinal (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12) shot 62.2 percent from the field, including 73.7 percent after halftime. Stanford hadn't made 60 percent in a conference game since converting 60.4 percent against UCLA on Feb. 22, 2003. Two days removed from a 2-for-19 shooting performance from 3-point range in an 80-59 victory over USC, the Cardinal was 11 for 20 from deep. Chasson Randle made seven of his 10 tries from the arc and scored 26 points. Huestis extended his Stanford career record with five more blocked shots. Anthony Brown scored 18 points. While beating the Bruins for just the fourth time in their past 17 meetings, Stanford scored its third win this season over a Top 25 team to boost its NCAA tournament resume. Now winners in five of its past six outings, Stanford's players credit soul-searching after their January loss at UCLA. "We spent a lot of time watching that game. We were very bad," Randle said. Said Huestis, "It took the game at UCLA to really look inside ourselves and see what we wanted from this season and understand what we need to do to get it." What they need, coach Johnny Dawkins said, is a steady diet of the grit they showed against the Bruins. "That's the way we need to play," he said. "When we do play that way, we're a very good basketball team. I thought we played that way for 40 minutes tonight."
Stanford men hammer No. 23 UCLA, 83-74
San Jose Mercury News | Feb 23