Nothing has come easy when
Norman Powell finished with 20 points and eight rebounds, Isaac Hamilton scored 18 points and UCLA survived to beat Stanford, 69-67, on Thursday night for its third straight win.
"I was going to be sick if that made it in," said
The Bruins built a 22-point lead with 11 minutes remaining before holding off the Cardinal's comeback.
Even with all the drama, it was still an easier affair for UCLA than the last time it played Stanford. The Bruins outlasted the Cardinal, 86-81, in double-overtime on Jan. 8 at Pauley Pavilion.
That victory vaulted UCLA's turnaround that continues to show no end.
The Bruins (14-9, 6-4
"We're healthy. Hopefully we're gaining some momentum. We're getting some confidence," Bruins Coach Steve Alford said.
Anthony Brown had 19 points and nine rebounds, and Randle scored 13 for the Cardinal (15-7, 6-4), who dropped consecutive games for the first time since last March. It was only Stanford's second loss at Maples Pavilion this season.
The Bruins led by 22 when Stanford slowly started to trim the deficit behind a series of long-range shots.
Brown put back a rebound to bring Stanford within three with 21.5 seconds to play.
"I'd liked to say we deserved it," Steve Alford said. "But they deserved it too."