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UCLA holds off Stanford 79-72 in Pac-12 tournament opener

LAS VEGAS (AP) UCLA shut Stanford down well into the second half, appearing as if it would cruise into the next round of the Pac-12 tournament.

The Cardinal made it a much more difficult trip by hitting shots they were missing earlier.

Jaylen Hands had 22 points and 11 rebounds, helping UCLA hold off Stanford 79-72 in the opening round of the conference tournament on Wednesday night.

''Well, I'm glad that one is over,'' UCLA interim coach Murry Bartow said. ''But I thought it was a great win for our guys. I thought our guys competed hard, fought hard.''

The seventh-seeded Bruins (17-15) built a 26-point lead before Stanford started hitting shots in the closing minutes to pull within 69-62.

UCLA hit 10 of 12 free throws in the final 1:05 to earn a spot in Thursday's quarterfinals against No. 2 seed Arizona State.

Jalen Hill had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Chris Smith added 14 points for the Bruins. UCLA will have to play without freshman point guard David Singleton, who broke his foot in the closing minutes of Wednesday's game.

''It's the Pac-12 tournament, so no one is going to come in here and lay down for 40 minutes,'' Hands said. ''We expected them to come back, and we came out and we won.''

The 10th-seeded Cardinal (15-16) struggled against UCLA's defensive pressure early, finishing at 35 percent from the floor and 7 of 25 from the 3-point arc.

Josh Sharma had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Marcus Sheffield added 18 points to lead Stanford.

''Offensively, we just were really, really struggling putting the ball in the basket,'' Cardinal coach Jerod Haase said. ''Once we did get a couple of looks and the guys, I thought, played a little bit more energy, got a couple of things going and continued to fight to the end, which I'm certainly proud of.''

UCLA's regular season included some ugly early losses, the firing of coach Steve Alford and ended with losses to Colorado and Utah.

Stanford stumbled to the finish, losing four of its final seven games, including rival Cal in the finale.

The Bruins and Cardinal split the season series, each winning at home.

Neither team could get shots to fall early in the rematch, opening a combined 4 for 24. The Bruins started to find the range and hit eight of nine shots to build a 31-18 lead.

Hands had 13 points and UCLA led 36-22 at halftime.

Stanford had a scoreless drought of more than four minutes, shot 8 of 35 and went 1 for 11 from the 3-point line in the first half.

The trend continued early in the second half and UCLA went on a 12-2 run to build its lead to 57-31 midway through.

Stanford finally started hitting shots midway through the second half, but ran out of time.

''We just started getting a few stops, our energy increased,'' Sheffield said. ''And once the shots started falling, they just started falling. We just tried to compete to the end, really.''

BIG PICTURE

Stanford was unable to find the range until late, digging a big hole it couldn't shoot out of to get knocked out of the Pac-12 tournament by UCLA for the second straight season.

The Bruins were superb defensively until the midpoint of the second half, then had a hard time stopping the Cardinal. They'll need to finish better to have a chance at beating Arizona State.

UP NEXT

Stanford awaits word if it gets an invite to a postseason tournament.

UCLA faces Arizona State in the quarterfinals.

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Key Players
D. Davis
J. Hands
30.8 Min. Per Game 30.8
13.7 Pts. Per Game 13.7
6.3 Ast. Per Game 6.3
3.5 Reb. Per Game 3.5
42.6 Field Goal % 40.9
34.1 Three Point % 36.3
75.8 Free Throw % 78.0
  Defensive rebound by Jaylen Hands 2.0
  Jaiden Delaire missed 3-pt. jump shot 4.0
+ 1 Jaylen Hands made 2nd of 2 free throws 16.0
+ 1 Jaylen Hands made 1st of 2 free throws 16.0
  Personal foul on Marcus Sheffield 16.0
+ 1 Bryce Wills made free throw 17.0
  Shooting foul on David Singleton 17.0
+ 3 Bryce Wills made 3-pt. jump shot 17.0
+ 1 David Singleton made 2nd of 2 free throws 22.0
+ 1 David Singleton made 1st of 2 free throws 22.0
  Personal foul on KZ Okpala 22.0
Team Stats
Points 72 79
Field Goals 27-76 (35.5%) 25-61 (41.0%)
3-Pointers 7-25 (28.0%) 7-16 (43.8%)
Free Throws 11-20 (55.0%) 22-35 (62.9%)
Total Rebounds 48 49
Offensive 16 10
Defensive 28 35
Team 4 4
Assists 11 9
Steals 7 7
Blocks 9 1
Turnovers 12 15
Fouls 22 20
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 13 REB
22 PTS, 11 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Stanford 15-16 225072
home team logo UCLA 17-15 364379
Team Stats
away team logo Stanford 15-16 72.7 PPG 40.2 RPG 12.6 APG
home team logo UCLA 17-15 78.2 PPG 44.2 RPG 14.3 APG
Key Players
14
M. Sheffield G 5.6 PPG 1.2 RPG 0.6 APG 40.2 FG%
4
J. Hands G 14.2 PPG 3.7 RPG 6.1 APG 41.3 FG%
Top Scorers
M. Sheffield G 18 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
J. Hands G 22 PTS 11 REB 3 AST
35.5 FG% 41.0
28.0 3PT FG% 43.8
55.0 FT% 62.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Sharma 18 13 0 7/14 0/0 4/7 4 36 0 4 0 3 10
K. Okpala 9 3 0 4/13 1/3 0/0 4 23 2 0 3 2 1
B. Wills 8 1 4 2/7 2/3 2/4 2 31 3 0 3 0 1
O. Da Silva 6 10 1 2/6 0/1 2/4 2 24 1 2 4 5 5
D. Davis 0 2 0 0/4 0/3 0/0 1 11 0 0 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Sharma 18 13 0 7/14 0/0 4/7 4 36 0 4 0 3 10
K. Okpala 9 3 0 4/13 1/3 0/0 4 23 2 0 3 2 1
B. Wills 8 1 4 2/7 2/3 2/4 2 31 3 0 3 0 1
O. Da Silva 6 10 1 2/6 0/1 2/4 2 24 1 2 4 5 5
D. Davis 0 2 0 0/4 0/3 0/0 1 11 0 0 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Sheffield 18 4 1 7/11 4/7 0/0 4 33 0 1 0 1 3
J. Delaire 5 2 1 2/5 0/1 1/1 2 11 1 2 0 2 0
L. Kisunas 4 2 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 1 1
K. Pugh 3 2 2 1/3 0/0 1/1 0 10 0 0 1 1 1
C. Ryan 1 4 2 0/8 0/5 1/3 2 16 0 0 0 1 3
I. White 0 1 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
T. Stanback - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Herenton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Beskind - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Fitzmorris - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 72 44 11 27/76 7/25 11/20 22 200 7 9 12 16 28
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hands 22 11 3 7/18 2/4 6/7 2 35 3 0 7 1 10
C. Smith 14 1 0 6/7 2/2 0/1 2 35 2 0 1 0 1
K. Wilkes 12 6 3 3/14 2/7 4/7 3 33 0 0 1 0 6
D. Singleton 8 6 1 2/7 1/3 3/5 5 33 0 0 0 1 5
M. Brown 2 5 0 1/2 0/0 0/4 3 14 1 1 1 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hands 22 11 3 7/18 2/4 6/7 2 35 3 0 7 1 10
C. Smith 14 1 0 6/7 2/2 0/1 2 35 2 0 1 0 1
K. Wilkes 12 6 3 3/14 2/7 4/7 3 33 0 0 1 0 6
D. Singleton 8 6 1 2/7 1/3 3/5 5 33 0 0 0 1 5
M. Brown 2 5 0 1/2 0/0 0/4 3 14 1 1 1 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hill 12 10 2 3/5 0/0 6/7 1 26 1 0 0 4 6
J. Bernard 6 1 0 2/6 0/0 2/2 2 14 0 0 4 0 1
A. Olesinski 3 5 0 1/2 0/0 1/2 2 8 0 0 0 2 3
C. Riley 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
P. Ali - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Dodson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Wulff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wallace - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Nwuba - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Campbell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. O'Neal - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Stong - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 79 45 9 25/61 7/16 22/35 20 200 7 1 15 10 35