cloudyn.png
Thursday March 21st, 2019 10:30PM

UCLA beats Stanford 92-70, snaps skid in Bartow's debut

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mired in a four-game skid and having fired its coach in-season for the first time in the program's 100-year history, UCLA went back to the past to right itself.

The Bruins appointed Murry Bartow interim coach after dismissing Steve Alford on Monday. The same day assistant Tyus Edney, who helped win the school's record 11th national championship in 1995, addressed the team.

"Tyus gave a really emotional talk. What it means to put the UCLA uniform on and the way you've got to look, act and play," Bartow said. "He talked about the tradition and history here. I certainly think that had an effect on them."

It did.

Freshman Moses Brown had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and UCLA routed Stanford 92-70 on Thursday night in the teams' Pac-12 opener.

The Bruins (8-6, 1-0 Pac-12) began the week in turmoil and celebrated in a raucous locker room after their third-highest scoring game of the season produced their first win in nearly a month.

"It's been a hard week," Bartow said. "It's just one game, but it's a good start."

Bartow took the helm of a program his late father Gene coached for two seasons in the mid-'70s. Gene Bartow lost his UCLA debut against No. 1 Indiana 84-64 on a neutral court on Nov. 29, 1975. The Bruins then won their next 11 games, including 10 at home.

"My dad passed away seven years ago today so it's a little emotional for me to think about," said Bartow, his voice hoarse. "I miss my dad."

After just three practices under Bartow, the Bruins looked crisp and energized in the nationally televised game. Their defense and ball movement improved from last weekend's 15-point home loss to Liberty that sealed Alford's fate in his sixth season.

The animated Bartow proved a stark contrast to the low-key Alford. He stalked the sideline, barked instructions and waved his arms. The 57-year-old coach grabbed the arms of players he wanted in the game and pushed them toward the scorers' table.

"I love Bartow's energy in practice. He does a lot to motivate us," Brown said. "We had more energy, we were playing up and down and were having a good time. He emphasized us just looking like a team and valuing each other."

Although Pauley Pavilion was just over half full at 8,026, as it was for much of Alford's tenure, the same fans who booed the Bruins last weekend responded with the loudest cheers of the season.

Jaylen Hands added 15 points. Prince Ali and Kris Wilkes had 14 points each, and David Singleton had a career-high 13 points off the bench for the Bruins, who owned a whopping 56-30 edge in the paint and had seven steals that keyed their fast break.

KZ Okpala was the only player in double figures with 22 points for Stanford (7-6, 0-1) in its 13th straight loss at UCLA. The Cardinal opened league play on the road for the first time in six years.

Stanford got within four to start the second half on four straight points by Okpala. His steal and dunk drew the Cardinal to 48-42 with 13 minutes left.

But the Bruins took off from there, owning a double-digit lead for most of the rest of the game.

"We just had a lack of discipline, lack of toughness," Stanford coach Jerod Haase said. "The last 20 minutes we couldn't guard."

Brown had consecutive dunks and a few minutes later Wilkes and Ali had back-to-back jams that ignited the crowd and pushed UCLA's lead to 18 points.

The Bruins ran off 10 straight points with under four minutes remaining that produced their largest lead of the game, 88-61.

UCLA broke open a tight game with a 20-4 run that produced a 30-16 lead, its largest of the first half. Five different players scored during the spurt that began with a dunk by Brown off his offensive rebound and ended on a dunk by Wilkes off his own steal.

The Cardinal answered with a 10-0 run to get within four. Chris Smith missed a windmill dunk, but the Bruins went into the break leading 38-32.

BIG PICTURE

Stanford: The Cardinal is one of just four teams in Division I that has started all freshmen and sophomores this season. Through the first 12 games, they accounted for 82 percent of Stanford's scoring and 79 percent of its rebounding. Stanford will go as far as the youngsters will carry the program, with just four players on the roster having at least two seasons of experience.

UCLA: The coaching change apparently re-invigorated the Bruins, who drew loud applause for their spirited defense. Bartow has said the NCAA Tournament remains within reach, but UCLA has little margin for error even in a weakened Pac-12. Next week the Bruins open a three-game road trip, their longest of the season.

FIRST START

Smith got his first career start in his 47th game. He had seven points, eight rebounds and three assists.

"I'm a fan of his," Bartow said. "He's a hard matchup and he's a versatile guy and he's really athletic. I'll be really surprised if one day he's not playing in the NBA."

SEASON DEBUT

Alex Olesinski made his season debut for the Bruins after missing the first 13 games. The redshirt junior forward sustained a stress fracture in his right foot in late September. He entered late in the first half and was scoreless with one steal.

COME DOWN

Stanford's Josh Sharma came back to earth after his first career double-double against Long Beach State last weekend. The senior had career highs of 23 points and 18 rebounds in the seven-point win. Against UCLA, he was in foul trouble and limited to six points and six rebounds.

WALTON'S COACHING PICK

Former UCLA great Bill Walton worked the game for ESPN and was asked by his partner Dave Pasch who should be the next Bruins coach.

"Barack Obama," Walton replied.

Pasch pointed out that the former president wasn't going to coach.

"His brother-in-law coached," Walton replied, referring to former Brown and Oregon State coach Craig Robinson. "I'm sticking with Barack Obama until he says no."

Walton is known for his off-the-wall commentary.

UP NEXT

Stanford: After two days off, the Cardinal visit Southern California on Sunday.

UCLA: Host California on Saturday.

___

More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Basketball, College Sports, AP Sports - Men's College Basketball
© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
UCLA beats Stanford 92-70, snaps skid in Bartow's debut
Moses Brown had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and UCLA snapped a four-game skid in interim coach Murry Bartow's debut, beating Stanford 92-70 in the teams' Pac-12 opener
2:08AM ( 7 minutes ago )
Japanese shares skid, Shanghai climbs after Wall St sell-off
Japanese shares sink, Shanghai climbs as Asia steadies following Wall Street sell-off
1:51AM ( 25 minutes ago )
Kucherov, red-hot Lightning beat Kings 6-2 for 7th straight
Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists as the Tampa Bay Lightning kept steamrolling along, beating the Los Angeles Kings 6-2 for their seventh straight victory
1:49AM ( 26 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
DeRozan has triple-double, Spurs win in Leonard's return
DeMar DeRozan had his first career triple-double with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists and the San Antonio Spurs welcomed back Kawhi Leonard with thunderous jeers in a 125-107 victory over the Toronto Raptors
12:38AM ( 1 hour ago )
Grizzlies acquire Justin Holiday from Bulls
The struggling Memphis Grizzlies have acquired guard Justin Holiday from the Chicago Bulls for guards MarShon Brooks and Wayne Selden Jr. Memphis also sent second-round picks in 2019 and 2020 to Chicago
11:50PM ( 2 hours ago )
No. 8 Baylor women beat UConn 68-57 for 1st win over No. 1
Kalani Brown had 20 points and 17 rebounds as No. 8 Baylor beat a top-ranked team for the first time ever with a 68-57 win over UConn
11:04PM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Sports
Wizards' Morris to miss at least 6 weeks with neck injury
The Washington Wizards say forward Markieff Morris will miss at least six weeks with a neck injury, the latest setback for one of the NBA's most disappointing teams
2:00PM ( 12 hours ago )
Paul George gets 37 amid boos in OKC's 107-100 win at Lakers
Paul George scores 37 points as Oklahoma City Thunder top Los Angeles Lakers 107-100
2:53AM ( 23 hours ago )
Embiid scores 42 points, 76ers hold off Suns 132-127
Joel Embiid, playing despite a sore left knee, matched his season high with 42 points, 30 in the first half, and grabbed 18 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers held off a strong second-half rally to beat the Phoenix Suns 132-127
1:08AM ( 1 day ago )
AP Online Basketball
Podcast: Previewing Bama-Clemson, reviewing bowl season
No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson meet in the College Football Playoff for the fourth straight season, playing for the championship for the third time
2:39PM ( 11 hours ago )
Johns Hopkins football coach Jim Margraff dies at 58
Jim Margraff, the winningest football coach in Johns Hopkins University's history, has died at 58
12:42PM ( 13 hours ago )
Cowan scores 19 as Maryland gets past No. 24 Nebraska 74-72
Jalen Smith made a driving layup with 3.8 seconds left to break a tie, and Maryland used a late push to get past No. 24 Nebraska 74-72
8:51PM ( 1 day ago )
College Sports
Ponds scores 26 as St. John's routs No. 16 Marquette 89-69
Shamorie Ponds scored 20 of his 26 points in the first half, dominating a matchup between two of the nation's top guards, and St. John's rebounded impressively from its first loss by routing No. 16 Marquette 89-69 at Carnesecca Arena
1:13AM ( 2 days ago )
Outlaw helps No. 10 Hokies down Fighting Irish, 81-66
Ty Outlaw hits 3 3-pointers in 22-9 second-half run, No. 10 Virginia Tech beats Notre Dame 81-66
4:51PM ( 2 days ago )
AP Sports - Men's College Basketball
Japanese shares skid, Shanghai climbs after Wall St sell-off
Japanese shares sink, Shanghai climbs as Asia steadies following Wall Street sell-off
1:51AM ( 25 minutes ago )
Kucherov, red-hot Lightning beat Kings 6-2 for 7th straight
Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists as the Tampa Bay Lightning kept steamrolling along, beating the Los Angeles Kings 6-2 for their seventh straight victory
1:49AM ( 26 minutes ago )
China says US envoys due in Beijing for talks on trade fight
China says American delegation due in Beijing on Monday for talks on tariff fight that threatens to dampen global growth.
1:47AM ( 28 minutes ago )
James Harden rallies Rockets in OT to beat Warriors 135-134
James Harden hit a contested 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left in overtime and finished with his second triple-double of the week and fifth straight 40-point game, rallying the Houston Rockets past the Golden State Warriors 135-134
1:46AM ( 29 minutes ago )
No. 1 UConn's 126-game win streak ends 68-57 at No. 8 Baylor
No. 1 UConn's 126-game regular-season winning streak is over after a 68-57 loss at No. 8 Baylor.
1:17AM ( 58 minutes ago )