|Written by Michael|
Bet on NCAABIf there is one thing that can be said about last night's basketball game between UCLA and Stanford, it's that it was a roller coaster of a ride. The UCLA Bruins were up by 16 points with over seven minutes to play in regulation time, only to see their lead drop during the final minutes. But UCLA held out for a 4-point victory over rival school Stanford.
The final score was 69-65 in the Maples Pavilion after the dust had settled on Thursday night. This was the sixth consecutive win for UCLA, as sophomore Reeves Nelson scored 18 points, 12 of which came in the second half. His clutch free throws in the final minutes sealed the win for UCLA after Stanford had battled back to within four points.
Stanford's Jeremy Green caught fire in the final stretch of the game, hitting a series of three-point shots that cut UCLA's 16-point lead down to only four with 1:12 remaining on the clock. However, the Bruins had just enough to pull away with the win, and the Cardinals lost some late opportunities to make the game even closer. Green turned the ball over and then missed a three-point shot in the final seconds.
As close as the game was, the Bruins should have achieved a much easier victory, looking at the stats. UCLA out-rebounded the Cardinals 35 to 26. UCLA was also leading at the half 36-29. But after UCLA got their largest lead of the game 57-41 with 7:26 left on the clock, Stanford's Green started throwing down three-point shots, getting 16 of his 27 points in the remaining time.
The Cardinals seemed more psyched out than anything during the game. The team turned the ball over 17 times and their defense seemed to fall apart during the second half when UCLA went up by 16 points. Green missing his final three-point attempt with 22 seconds left on the clock kept the win just out of reach of the Cardinals.