Jan 24, 2002
Los Angeles, Calif. - There's no place like Pauley Pavilion for No. 17 Stanford.
The Cardinal beat 13th-ranked UCLA 86-76 Thursday night for their fifth consecutive win on the Bruins' home court - more than any other opponent. Notre Dame won four in a row at Pauley from 1977-80.
"We definitely don't take what we've done here for granted at all," said Casey Jacobsen, who scored 20 points. "Every time we come here this is one of the games I've circled on the calendar. It's really a tough place to win, UCLA always has good teams."
Julius Barnes scored 23 points for Stanford (12-4, 5-2 Pac-10), which beat a ranked opponent for the first time this season.
The Bruins (13-5, 5-3), who usually play well coming off a bad loss, never led again after tying the game at 57 with 9:25 remaining.
They have lost two in a row for the first time this season, including a 96-86 defeat at No. 10 Arizona last Saturday in which they blew a 20-point lead.
"We hate Stanford and they came out and beat us," said Matt Barnes, a senior who led UCLA with 20 points and will graduate without having won at home against the Cardinal. "They're a very skilled and talented team. Any mistake you make, they're going to counter."
Instead of relying on their perimeter game, the Cardinal attacked the boards, getting UCLA center Dan Gadzuric in foul trouble for the fourth consecutive game. He had three before halftime and picked up his fourth with the Bruins leading 54-52.
"He is a presence inside and if we can get him out of the game, it changes their lineup," Jacobsen said. "They go smaller and we get more rebounds."
With Gadzuric on the bench, Stanford controlled the inside with 7-foot Curtis Borchardt and 6-10 Rob Little. The Cardinal outrebounded UCLA 45-37, including a 30-20 defensive edge, to maintain their place as the Pac-10's top rebounding team. Josh Childress had a career-high 12 rebounds.
"For Josh to come off the bench and score and rebound was big for us," Borchardt said. "We were just going to get the ball down low and force him (Gadzuric) to foul or back off. He wasn't able to contribute for a long stretch."
Jacobsen, of nearby Glendora, was playing in a gym that he called his favorite place, which irritated UCLA's players.
Jacobsen hit three 3-pointers, helping his family tie the national record of 594 set by brothers Brendan and Kevin McCarthy. Brendan had 300 at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire from 1993-96, and Kevin had 297 at New Hampshire College from 1989-92.
Jacobsen has 194 in his Stanford career. His brother, Adam, had 311 at Pacific from 1993-98 and brother, Brock, had 92 at San Diego from 1995-99.
Gadzuric added 19 points for the Bruins, who haven't beaten Stanford at Pauley since 1997, the last time they won a Pac-10 championship.
"Each year you always say you're going to change that streak and you feel ready. We felt so good, even though we had that tough loss on Saturday," UCLA junior Jason Kapono said. "We have a team full of seniors that this was their last chance. It's always tough to swallow."
With the game tied at 57, Stanford took control with an 18-7 run that gave it a 75-63 lead with 3:31 remaining. Jacobsen hit two 3-pointers in the spurt, the second giving the Cardinal their first double-digit lead of the game.
UCLA took its largest lead of the first half, 18-10, on a 3-pointer by Kapono. Then Stanford outscored the Bruins 28-15, including 10 in a row, for a 38-33 lead with 4:10 remaining.
UCLA missed eight consecutive shots, but stayed in the game and briefly regained the lead on a basket by Gadzuric and two free throws by Barnes.
Gadzuric picked up his third foul with 2:06 remaining, while Borchardt made it through the half with no fouls. Borchardt finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.
UCLA's Rico Hines complained of a headache Thursday and didn't play. He missed practice this week because of a concussion.
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer