Jan. 17, 1998
No. 7 Stanford Tops UCLA, Stays Undefeated
Cardinal withstands Bruins' rally, wins 93-80
By ROB GLOSTER
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - A fan's sign at Maples Pavilion proclaimed
"Massacre at Maples, Part II," and with the Cardinal holding an 18-point
halftime lead it seemed another Stanford rout of UCLA was under way.
But the seventh-ranked Cardinal had to withstand a furious second-half rally
by the No. 8 Bruins to win 93-80 Saturday and extend the nation's longest
winning streak to 16 games.
Peter Sauer tied his career high with 19 points and Arthur Lee added 17 as
Stanford (16-0, 5-0 Pac-10) extended its home winning streak to 20 games and
broke a four-game winning streak by UCLA (13-3, 4-2).
The Cardinal, who went 14-of-26 on 3-pointers, also moved within one victory
of the longest winning streak in school history, 17 straight wins that bridged
the 1937-38 and 1938-39 seasons.
"The 3-point shots really bailed us out," Stanford coach Mike Montgomery
said. "We had to rely on the 3s. We did a great job of answering a great rally
by UCLA. We managed to make the plays when we needed them."
Kris Johnson had 20 points for UCLA, while Jelani McCoy had 19, Toby Bailey
18 and J.R. Henderson 17.
The Bruins trailed 51-33 at halftime, evoking memories of last year's 109-61
Stanford victory - the worst loss in UCLA history.
But UCLA rallied within one point with 12:40 left despite having point guard
Baron Davis on the bench with four fouls. UCLA never caught the Cardinal,
though, as Davis, Henderson and McCoy all fouled out.
"When Stanford got up by 18 points, it felt like they were going to buzzsaw
us again," UCLA coach Steve Lavin said. "We buried ourselves by having Baron
and J.R. on the bench with us trailing by only four or five points late in the
Sauer hit five 3-pointers and Lee had three for the Cardinal, who fell just
one 3-pointer short of the school record set in last year's 48-point win over
UCLA and tied this past Thursday in a 99-62 victory over Southern California.
"We worked hard to get an 18-point lead. We weren't about to let them get
ahead of us," Sauer said. "I really feel this year was a better win. I much
prefer a close game like this than a blowout."
Stanford's starters had an advantage of nearly three inches per player over
UCLA, and the Cardinal used that differential to take control inside in the
first half. That also opened up outside shots for Stanford.
Tim Young had 10 points and nine rebounds as Stanford, which went 7-of-15 on
3-pointers in the half, took a 51-33 halftime lead. McCoy had 12 points at
halftime to lead the Bruins.
To make matters worse for UCLA, Davis and Henderson each got his third foul
in the final two minutes of the first half.
But Young got called for his fourth foul early in the second half and the
Bruins used a 13-3 run to get within eight points. And, with Davis on the
bench, UCLA used full-court pressure to pull within 58-57 on a dunk by Bailey
with 12:40 remaining.
Bailey had a chance to give UCLA the lead, but missed on a wild bank shot.
Lee responded with a 3-pointer. Bailey then threw away a pass, and Lee hit
another 3 to give Stanford a 64-57 lead.
Stanford extended its lead to 70-58 on a 3-pointer by David Moseley and
three free throws by Pete Van Elswyk, but UCLA used a 10-0 run that included a
3-pointer and a three-point play by Johnson to pull within 70-68.
UCLA got no closer. Young hit four straight free throws before fouling out
with 4:52 left and Lee hit a 3-pointer and Sauer added two more 3-pointers as
Stanford regained a 12-point margin.
Stanford students rushed onto the floor at the end of the game, chanting
"Un-De-Feat-Ed" and mobbing the Cardinal players.