Final: Stanford 60, UCLA 59

#UCLA guard #Lazeric Jones scores 26 points but misses the potential game-winner in the lane, blocked by Josh Huestis, with two seconds left as Stanford wins 60-59. UCLA made just 15 of 24 free throws and had 9 turnovers in the first half, cutting it to just two in the second half.
Every time the Bruins cut the lead to one or tied, Stanford answered.

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Jill Painter is a sports columnist for the Los Angeles News Group, covering everything from the Dodgers, Lakers, Clippers, USC, UCLA, Kings, golf and all human interest stories in sports.
  • cedar_23

    62.5% team FT is completely unacceptable.

  • Anonymous

    Make more free throws. Have a timeout left for the end of the game, Pass the ball to a wide open Tyler Lamb. The suffering continues.

  • Marc

    LOL – Murshed Zaheed is calling for Ben Howland’s head after a one point loss on the road against a now 11-2 team. Stanford may not be a top ten team, but the played good enough (crazy three point party) and took advantage of enough UCLA miscues to come out with a one point win.

    The season isn’t over, and though I’m disappointed in the loss, I don’t need overnight observation. Playing golf tomorrow, then two Bruin games to watch on Saturday. I’ll wait until Saturday evening to see if I should check into the local hospital.

    I think the bruinsnation comet is coming, perhaps they should get their things together. Oh, at least it’s good for comedy.

    Most everyone thought a split on the road this weekend would be a great start to the season. Now the Bruins take on a less powerful Bears team; get the win and take the split.

    The Bruins are on the Bay area road trip and it’s New Years weekend. Throw on some Dead and relax.

  • post move

    Nine seconds left, time to make a pass instead of trying to go “Kobe”. Maybe shooting 70% free throws wins the game.


    Marc- LMAO! I just left that damn site thinking “these f&%^ng idiot!” BruinsNation is a joke. I was like ” i bet these bruinNation idiots are acting like the world is over”. Sure enough. Same old negative garbage day in and day out. They couldnt dedicate one full article to the Lady Bruin Volleyball Champs without throwing in negatives.

  • Anonymous

    laz got fouled twice and he was the only player on the team making shots. he deserves the benefit of the doubt at taking the last shot there. without him we lose by 20

  • Coach Thom

    Smith must lose some weight. It’s not enough that he simply takes up space. He can’t jump more than 3 inches, so his rebounding is a non-factor. And being so slow and clumsy, he draws the attention of the refs. They will always call fouls against him because he’s the only dude that can’t get out of his own way. All he has to do is raise his arms, and the refs call a foul. At the moment, he’s more of a liability than a plus factor on the team. And why can’t our players sink foul shots? What happened to the fast break and the full-court press? The Wears are weak. Jones and Powell seem to be our only players. Can Howland bring in some true BB players??!!! Watching this team is demoralizing.

  • BruinPain

    Reading BruinsNation is like driving by a bad accident: you just can’t take your eyes off of it.

    Murshed and his minions are certifiably insane. Insane and bitter. Perhaps with Mershed it’s ingrained in his DNA but how do you account for his FWBs.

    Anyway, they’re a broken record that spews hatred. I’ve known it before but still find it hard to believe. I guess next time I watch some terrorism in the Middle East or Pakistan, I’ll just think of Murshed’s mindset.

    One day he may just self immolate from his hatred for all I know. I just wish he wasn’t associated with UCLA or Bruin sports at all. This wretch has lost all sense of reality.

    I mean our BB team loses by one point on the road to an 11-2 Stanford team and he’s “off with their heads, off with their heads.” We keep Stanford to 33 percent FG shooting and he’s bitching about our defense like it’s the end times.

    Lastly, if I hear the term “Chianti Dan” one more time I think my head will explode. Murshed Zaheed and his muppets wouldn’t be happy if our bb and fb teams were undefeated. Seriously! It would make a great Twilight Zone episode to see what would happen.

    Sorry for my bitching but that’s what insomnia and reading two articles and the comments over at BN will do to you.

  • Lifetime Bruin Fan

    The mediocrity continues.

  • bruincheerleader

    i agree with others here…a one game loss does not make a season…i also agree i thought we needed to split the norcal trip…if we win at cal ok…if we don’t then we worry, but that’s for sunday…

    by the way since i am banned on BN i could not comment on the all white uniforms that the WASH HUSKIES wore last night in that exciting ALAMO BOWL game…not sure of the reaction by the uni of wash crowd but i thought wow those look like our all white unis that were worn for the ucla/u$c game…and i liked those and these…it’s not anti-bruin to be for change…unlike those at BN who are aganst any change for their ‘beloved’ Bruins…hey i was a yellleader for 2 years at UCLA, and NO ONE LOVE THE BRUINS ANY MORE than i do!

  • Tennessee Bruin

    Is this still the Daily News blog by Jon Gold about UCLA sports? It is beginning to resemble the anti-Bruin Nation Blog instead of anything remotely pertaining to sports. Personally I prefer not to be pestered with whining and complaints about those that like to fester with Nestor or even visit the place.
    Losing by 1 in a hostile gym while playing a rather effective defense ain’t at all bad. On to Saturday, go Bruins

  • Anonymous

    The UCLA offense has become stagnant, Zic should pass once in a while, that way they will not collapse on him, as far as I am concern he should utilize the Travis twins a lot more.

  • Anonymous

    According to Nestor, the solution to the struggles of the Bruins is more playing time for Brendan Lane. That guy is totally clueless…

  • MichaelRyerson

    1. I am a Bruin fan and supporter good times or bad.
    2. We’re lucky to have Ben Howland. UCLA with 15 players currently in the NBA, more than any other school.
    3. Rick Neuheisel is a Bruin for life. No two ways about it. Couple of breaks go his way, he’s still our coach and we’d all be happy to have him. Couple of breaks, nothing more. Mora will benefit from what CRN left him.
    4. Can’t believe any of you still look at BruinsNation. Definition of crazy: making the same choices and expecting a different outcome. BN is pretty consistently crap. Your surprise/outrage is noted.
    5. Until Jon/Daily News institutes a registration system to weed out and/or identify the mooks, 20% of the commentors here are trojans peeing on their own legs looking for attention.
    6. Smith should take some pride in himself and in the uniform and lose some weight. And until he loses some baby fat and stops acting like a baby at the dinner table Coach Howland needs to find another starter, Smith’s feelings be damned
    7. In the worst of times, I’d rather be a Bruin than anything else.

  • Anonymous

    Bad teams lose close games.

  • Trojan 70

    Mr. Ryerson:

    If you choose to read “Bruins peeing on themselves and looking for attention” please visit Scott Wolf’s USC blog. Far more than 20% of the posts there are multiple ucla participants that use 3-4 different handles with vile and uncouth language, ie: Bruin Rob.

    Happy New Year!

  • MichaelRyerson

    trojan 70, simple question, Why are you on this blog? yeah, that’s what I thought.

  • Reformed Droog

    The simple truth is that you cannot police the Internet. If we could, I assure you that stopping “Bruins” from making us look bad at the other site would take priority over stopping “Bruins” from making us look bad at Inside USC.


    Except that you guys actually do suck.

  • Marc

    Funny how my comment had more content than a reference to the humor of bruinsnation, yet that is all you see. Perhaps that says something about you. Don’t like the Grateful Dead? That’s fine, but I’m rocking them because I like to do that when the Bruins are in the bay area.

    Do you disagree that a one point loss on the road to an above average team is not reason to freak out and vocally call for the coach’s head?

    Oh, did I mention I played golf today. The Zaharias course at Pacific Palms; top notch. Best course in the area. Perhaps Jon should set up an InsideUCLA Bruins golf tournament. I’d be there; would you?

    Beat the Bears tomorrow afternoon, get the split, and it’s all good.

    I just want to point out that to freak out like some do is not healthy. Probably not good for marriages, shouldn’t be done in front of kids and embarrassing if co-workers catch you doing it. In other words, seek help before you hurt someone or yourself.

    What about my comedic reference to a cult comet? Not your kind of comedy? Sorry. I’llbe here all week.

    Happy New Year Bruins.

  • MichaelRyerson

    here’s a simple truth for ya, you can choose to feed the trolls or you can choose not to. I wouldn’t know what what goes on at ScottWolf’s blog cause…wait for it…I don’t visit his blog. I’m only concerned with what goes on at this site and the sizable contingent of displaced trojans looking for their mommies. I feel bad for them (but not in a good way), they could easily relieve their anguish by simply…wait for it…staying on their own site(s). And save your breath, I’m sure there is a similar contingent of Bruin whiners trying to bone the trojans over there. I likewise feel bad for them and the same simple truth awaits them, get the fuck off the trojan boards and try to contribute something over here or, if taste dictates, at BruinsNation. Life offers up many real opportunities to validate yourself and your testosterone (visit any Marine Corps recruiting office, they’ll give you a haircut and some new clothes and teach you to walk upright) but woofing from the anonymity of an internet bulletin board is beyond pathos.

  • MichaelRyerson

    What part did you play in it, junior? didja wear your sweatshirt?

  • Trojan 70

    Michael Old Boy – Hope you have gotten off your high horse. Have a few drinks and lighten up! The real reason I come to this blog is to get a few laughs around football time. Thanks to your football team, this has been a bountiful season for laughs!! Need I go on? Hope you enjoy the game against Illinois.

    Bruinbor – we suck? Just reading the comments over here and all the infighting with different sites – we suck? Take a look in the mirror.

    Happy New Year!

  • MichaelRyerson

    My horse is the same size it’s always been and I would guess I attended my first USC football game before you were born (Yes, you read that right) and the fact remains you’re posting on a Bruin website. ’nuff said, dipshit.

  • Trojan 70

    Michael Old Boy – I doubt you attended your first USC game before I was born. That would make you close to 90 years old. I tried to stay away from the nasty language (dipshit!)but if you have been a Bruin fan for all these years dueling with the Trojans I totally understand your feeling utter despair and frustration.

    Happy New Year!!

  • Amillennialist

    Trojan 70, how’d your team do in their bowl game?

  • BruinPain

    Little did I know this thread about a one point loss to Stanford on the road would end up taking these many twists and turns. I apologize for my venting about the other site and it’s “fearless leader.” I’ll try not to mention it again. There are several sports teams that I follow and I usually read several blogs per team. Unfortunately, IMHO my alma mater doesn’t have a completely satisfactory blog. By that I mean a blog with late breaking news and insightful analysis. I think that Bruin sports fans would best be served if there were a dedicated Bruin basketball blog apart from a Bruin football blog. Just like you’d go to a separate Lakers and Dodgers blog here in LA. I think it’s too difficult for Jon to cover all the sports, even the major sports, adequately. It’s not just Jon. It would be anyone. As far as the negativity that abounds I don’t know what to say. People are passionate and sometimes make personal attacks rather than agree to disagree. Also, I’ve visited Scott Wolf’s site and have been appalled by the trolling of some alleged UCLA fans who don’t represent the school well at all. If you can’t be civil then don’t post a comment. Now back to Bruin basketball. I’m a believer in Coach Ben Howland. He’s been successful wherever he’s coached. He’s a defensive minded coach and he does things the right way. I think he has misjudged the character of some the recruits the past several years and other recruits never turned out to be as good as they were scouted to be. Others were so good they left early for the NBA where they are thriving. The two recruits that we have so far are both excellent ballplayers. I believe that our team will continue to get better on defense and they can only get better offensively. Game before last we had five players in double figures. No one has mentioned that Norman Powell was playing against Stanford with a sprained ankle which could explain his poor game when he really could have used him. The PAC-12 is a very weak basketball conference this year and we’ve just played one conference game which was a one point loss on the road to a fairly good Stanford team. So I don’t believe the sky is falling. I think the team will improve. Hopefully, we’ll improve quickly enough to make the tournament. As for football, I was a big Neuheisel fan but saw he had to go after four years of poor coaching. He was and always will be a great Bruin. My favorite to replace him was Mike Leach because of his coaching genius and track record. I still think he would have been an excellent choice. Chris Petersen I’ve always liked but thought rightfully so that he’d never leave Boise St.. I was ambivalent but not negative at all about Mora Jr.. He won me over immediately with his quick and excellent hires to the coaching staff. The man knows how to delegate. He can evaluate coaching and recruiting talent. He wasted no time. I think he’ll be an excellent coach. No pussy footing around. Very decisive. You want a field general to make good quick decision when there needed. So in closing, how about those Champion Lady Bruin Volley Ball players of ours!!!

  • ucla-of-the-rockies

    MRyer: Pop another Viagra and keep on firing, kid!
    And please give us a Benny update for The New Year …

  • Lifelong Bruin Fan

    BruinPain: Loved the comment, but might I suggest the return button lol! (paragraphs)

    MRyerson: Fired up I see! Keep it up.

    Marc: Have enjoyed your comments this year.

    UOTR: Are you feeling a little better about Jim Mora? Have enjoyed your comments this year too.

    Yes it was a tough loss against Stanford–a break here or there and…well you know. I expect to leave with a Bay Area split. Will be at the game cheering on the Bruins!

    Happy New Year everyone!

  • BruinPain

    @Lifelong Bruin Fan

    Thanks for the constructive criticism. Some people have run on sentences, I had a run paragraph! 😉

    Happy New Year! And may 2012 bring victories, health, and harmony!