Huestis blocks UCLA from ruining Cardinal party


UCLA had two chances to beat host Stanford in the final 11 seconds. A 3-point attempt was off mark but an offensive rebound gave the Bruins one last chance. Josh Huestis made sure it didn't get close to the rim.

Huestis blocked a potential go-ahead jumper by Lazeric Jones with 3 seconds remaining, lifting Stanford to a 60-59 victory over Pac-12 preseason favorite UCLA on Thursday night in the men's basketball conference opener for both teams.

Jones scored a career-high 26 points, but his floating runner in the lane was swatted back by Huestis in the final seconds.

Anthony Brown grabbed the rolling ball for Stanford (11-2, 1-0) and sprinted up court to seal a sizzling win that had Maples Pavilion rocking at the buzzer.

Aaron Bright had 16 points and Chasson Randle scored 10 for the Cardinal, who blew an 11-point first-half lead before snapping UCLA's five-game winning streak.

Bright missed a layup with 30 seconds left to give the Bruins their final chances.

The Bruins (7-6, 0-1) also had won three in a row and nine of the last 10 against Stanford.

John Gage, 4 of 6 from the field, added 10 points for the Cardinal, which hosts USC on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Josh Owens had nine points and a team-best eight rebounds.

While Gage made 67 percent of his shots, which included a 2 of 3 effort from long range, the rest of the team shot just under 31 percent (15 of 49).

Gage and Bright combined to go 6 of 11 from 3-point range and Stanford was 9 of 24 overall.

Stanford led by 11 midway through the first half but that all but disappeared by halftime, as the Cardinal took a 24-23 lead into the intermission.

Earlier in the day, it was revealed that junior guard Gabriel Harris will miss the remainder the year after undergoing surgery for an injury to his right knee. He averaged 3.6 points and 2.0 rebounds in 13.5 minutes over 12 games.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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