Kyle Anderson collected 13 points, eight rebounds and seven
assists for No. 2 seed UCLA (25-8), which shot 65.2 percent and
advanced to face top-seeded Arizona in Saturday’s championship game.
The Bruins, who will look to avenge a 79-75 loss to the Wildcats on
Jan. 9, have won their first two tournament games by an average of
Dwight Powell paced No. 6 seed Stanford (21-12) with 16 points and
four rebounds while leading scorer Chasson Randle was held to 11
points, eight below his season average. The Cardinal are hoping
their 79-58 win over Arizona State in the quarterfinals will earn
them an NCAA tournament berth for the first time in six years under
coach Johnny Dawkins.
UCLA held Stanford to eight first-half field goals and led 44-29 at
the break, and the Bruins moved ahead 56-31 on Powell’s three-point
play with just over 15 minutes remaining. Stanford, which was
looking to reach the title game for the first time since 2008, was
outrebounded 35-22 and missed 15 of its 21 shots from 3-point range.
The Cardinal were playing their third game in three days, and
fatigue might have played a role early when UCLA jumped to a 24-5
lead. Travis Wear was 8-for-8 from the field for UCLA, which shot
62.1 percent from the field in the first half.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: UCLA F Tony Parker, who averaged 17.5 points in two
regular-season games against Stanford, had five points and four
rebounds before fouling out with five minutes remaining. … Stanford
shot 62.2 percent from the field in an 83-74 win over UCLA on Feb.
22, when Randle made seven 3-pointers and scored 26 points. … UCLA
has won 16 of its last 20 games against Stanford since the start of
the 2005-06 season.
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