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Humphrey's big night lifts Cardinal men past the Bruins

 

The Stanford men's basketball team all but assured itself of playing beyond the Pac-12 Conference tournament after beating visiting UCLA, 79-70, in an entertaining contest Saturday.

With two games remaining on the regular-season schedule, beginning with a trip to Arizona State on Thursday, the Cardinal (15-12, 8-8 Pac-12) clinched a winning season.

Michael Humphrey led the way with 24 points and nine rebounds as Stanford won for the fourth time in five games, ending the home schedule with its first conference home sweep.

"We wanted to end the season well at home," said Humphrey, who recorded his second 20-plus points game over his past four, and the third overall. "I attribute that to the way we're practicing and the way everybody is finding their roles on offense."

Rosco Allen added 19 points, nine rebounds and a team-high five assists. Dorian Pickens scored 16 points.

"It was a great game, typical of this conference," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "We needed a good shooting night. We had to play at a high level."

Stanford shot 61.2 percent for the game, including 70.8 percent (17 of 24) in the second half. Humphrey led the way with an 86 percent average (12 of 14) from the field.

"We think Mike will be an impact player on both ends of the court," Dawkins said. "He can block shots, he can rebound and he can move his feet. Offensively he's really skilled. He's just learning how good he can be."

The Cardinal led by as many as 14 late in the second half and the game played a lot tighter than that. The Bruins stuck around until Pickens and Allen hit consecutive 3-pointers as the 30-second clock wound down.

"We were able to run down the clock," Allen said. "Time is precious at the end of a game and we used all 30 seconds and still got a quality look."

Humphrey also made a shot-clock beater, somehow twisting his body and getting the ball to bounce into the net.

"He was a beast. He did a great job, our bigs couldn't keep him in front," Bruins coach Steve Alford said. "He got around our bigs a lot, and then he faced up and our bigs were too far off. We told them "17-foot range," and from 17 feet in he hurt us. He hurt us with catch and shoot, he hurt us with catch and drive."

Menlo-Atherton High grad Ian Proulx, who appeared in one game this year, was the lone Cardinal player honored on Senior Day. He played about 90 seconds against Charleston Southern and two days later, suffered a torn labrum during a practice.

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