Stanford men lose advantage, lose Pac-10 hoops game to UCLA

Cardinal women opens water polo season with big victory

Josh Owens scored 14 points and had 12 rebounds but the Stanford men's basketball team failed to take advantage of an early lead, dropping a 68-57 decision to host UCLA on Saturday.

Jeremy Green added 12 points and Anthony Brown had 10 for the Cardinal (3-4, 10-8), which lost its third straight and fell to 2-7 away from Maples Pavilion. Green became a 1,000-point scorer in the loss to USC.

Stanford, 4-18 on the road in the Pac-10 over the past two years, opens a four-game homestand Thursday with a 7 p.m. contest against Oregon. The Ducks have not won at Maples since 1986.

The Bruins, winners of nine of their last 11, used a 26-9 run to erase a 14-point deficit and take their first lead at 32-31 with 16:44 remaining to play.

UCLA continued to draw away from the Cardinal the rest of the way. Stanford lost its chance to move back into a third-place tie in the conference.

Aaron Bright hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 46 before the Bruins went on a long run.

Owens sank a pair of free throws with 7:03 left to bring Stanford within 51-48, but that was as close as the game would get.

Stanford made eight of its first 15 shots of the game and held a 22-8 advantage 12 minutes into the first half.

The Cardinal couldn't sustain the effort, though, making two of its last 16 attempts of the half and saw its lead shrink to 27-26 by halftime.

Men's gymnastics

Third-ranked Stanford avenged its season-opening loss last week with a dominating performance over visiting No. 2 California Saturday, 364.400-358.800, in the Big Flip Off.

The Cardinal (1-1) recorded the best score in the nation so far this year and was nearly three points better than any total it accumulated last season.

Stanford opened with the floor exercise, scoring a 61.400, to take an early lead on Cal. Josh Dixon closed with a brilliant, acrobatic routine, scoring 15.900 to lead Stanford. Freshman Cale Robinson also had a clean routine, scoring 15.400.

Women's water polo

Sacred Heart Prep grad Pallavi Menon scored three goals as top-ranked Stanford opened its season with a 14-3 victory over Hartwick College on the first day of the Michigan Kick Off Classic in Ann Arbor.

Stanford came back in the afternoon and downed Loyola Marymount, 14-1, as Menlo School grad Kim Krueger scored twice.

The Cardinal plays Indiana Sunday morning and host Michigan Sunday afternoon.

Sacred Heart Prep grad KK Clark and Menlo-Atherton grad Becca Dorst each scored twice as fourth-ranked UCLA opened its season with a 15-6 win over Colorado State in the same tournament.

Clark scored four times in the Bruins' 17-3 win over Hartwick. Dorst also scored in the contest.

Sacred Heart Prep grad Adriana Vogt scored three goals to help San Jose State beat Colorado State, 8-2.

Women's swimming

Top-ranked Stanford won 14 of 16 events to beat host Arizona State, 174-120, Saturday in a Pac-10 meet.

The Cardinal has won 29 straight dual meets dating to Jan. 26, 2008.

Betsy Webb (100 free, 200 back), Kate Dwelley (200 fly, 100 fly) and Meg Hostage (one and three-meter diving) each won twice for the Cardinal, which finished first and second in eight events.

Webb won the 100 free in 22.87 and won the 200 back in 1:59.61. She also led off the winning 200 medley relay team.

Men's swimming

Geoff Cheah and Curtis Lovelace each won two events and the third-ranked Stanford beat host Arizona State, 168-122, Saturday.

Cheah, a member of the Hong Kong national team, picked up back-to-back wins in the 50 free (21.08) and 100 free (46.25). He also swam the anchor leg of the wininng 200 medley relay team (1:32.40) as the Cardinal won 15 of 16 events.

Lovelace swept the breaststrokes, winning the 100 with a mark of 57.00, just ahead of teammate John Criste (57.02). Lovelace and Criste also went first and second in the 200.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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