Stanford, Cal win men’s Pac-12 openers
Josh Huestis blocked a potential go-ahead jumper by Lazeric Jones with 3 seconds remaining, lifting Stanford to a 60-59 Pac-12 men’s basketball victory over UCLA on Thursday night in Stanford, Calif.
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. The Bruins (7-6, 0-1) also had won three in a row and nine of the last 10 against Stanford.
California 53, Southern California 49: Allen Crabbe converted three free throws with 8.4 seconds left as the Golden Bears earned a hard-fought victory over the Trojans in a conference opener at Berkeley, Calif.
Crabbe controlled the ball on the perimeter after USC 7-footer Dewayne Dedmon blocked Jorge Gutierrez’s layup attempt. Crabbe was fouled by Eric Strangis on the left side of the 3-point arc as he heaved the ball up with the shot clock about to expire.
Gutierrez had 13 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and four steals and Harper Kamp and Crabbe added 12 points apiece for Cal (11-3, 1-0), which remained unbeaten at Haas Pavilion this season.
Maurice Jones scored 17 points and knocked down three late 3-pointers to keep the Trojans (5-9, 0-1) close in the waning minutes.