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UCLA Basketball Loses To Stanford 79-70

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UCLA's loss to Stanford means that the Bruins will finish the season with a losing record in conference play.

John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Well, it was certainly more competitive today than it was on Thursday night. That said, the result was still the same: UCLA lost another basketball game.

Regardless of how the team fares at home next weekend, UCLA will now finish the season with a losing conference record.

It didn't have to be that way.

UCLA stuck with Stanford in the first half somehow. With 17:30 to go in the first half, the Cardinal rattled off a 17-2 run to take a 22-11 lead. But the Bruins answered with an 17-4 run of their own to take a 28-26 lead after Bryce Alford nailed a three to put UCLA ahead.

The teams went back and forth in the final four minutes and Stanford took a one-point lead into the locker room after Michael Humphrey's jumper gave the Cardinal a 34-33 lead.

Jonah Bolden got the lead back when he made the first shot of the second half. That would be UCLA's last lead of the game even though they didn't fall behind by more than 8 until the final three minutes of the game.

They even managed to cut the lead to just two points when Bryce Alford hit a three-pointer which made it 64-62 Cardinal.

A 14-2 Cardinal run started after Alford's shot and Stanford led by 14, 78-64, with about a minute to go. The Bruins managed to close the game on a 6-1 run but time ran out on Daddy Ball in much the same way that time has run out on this season.

Stanford's Michael Humphrey led all scorers with 24 points while Bryce Alford scored 20 for UCLA. Isaac Hamilton and Stanford's Rosco Allen both finished with 19 points each.

UCLA will now head home for its final two games of the regular season against Oregon on Wednesday and Oregon State on Saturday.

Have you signed the Fire Alford petition yet?

Go Bruins.