Friday , Jan , 23 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Stanford still perfect with win over UCLA

Stanford, CA (Sports Network) – Justin Davis scored 21 points and Josh
Childress added 14, leading second-ranked Stanford to a 67-52 victory over
UCLA at Maples Pavilion.

The Cardinal (15-0, 6-0 Pac-10) remained one of only two unbeaten teams in the
country, joining third-ranked Saint Joseph’s, and matched the fourth-best
winning streak in school history. The record is 20 straight to start the
2000-01 season.

“Our guys are enjoying the winning streak and getting confidence,” said
Stanford head coach Mike Montgomery.

Stanford raced out to a 42-21 lead at halftime and cruised to the easy
victory. Davis finished 10-of-11 from the field and Childress hit 3-of-4 from
three-point range.

Dijon Thompson led UCLA with 15 points and was the only Bruin in double
figures. UCLA (9-5, 5-2) lost its second straight after opening the conference
season with five straight victories.

“It was evident how much stronger Stanford is than us,” said UCLA head coach
Ben Howland. “It’s a game of strength and size, speed and quickness. They have
all of the above.”

A three-pointer by Thompson tied the game at 9-9 just over six minutes into
the game, but Stanford rolled from there.

Davis scored the final five points in a 10-0 run that gave the Cardinal a 19-9
edge. A few minutes later, Stanford embarked on a 19-4 run that virtually put
the game away.

Childress hit a pair of three-pointers during the surge and a bucket by Matt
Haryasz capped it to give the Cardinal a 40-16 cushion with just under two
minutes left in the half.

Stanford shot a blistering 59 percent in the opening 20 minutes and held a
20-9 edge on the boards in taking a 42-21 advantage to the intermission.

“We played hard on defense and well on the offensive glass,” said Montgomery.
“It was nice to have a cushion going into the second half.”

UCLA tried to make a game of it in the second half, using a string of eight
straight points to pull within 13 at 48-35 with just under 13 minutes to play.

Stanford, though, kept the Bruins at bay and UCLA got only as close as 12,
60-48, on a three-pointer by Thompson with 4:39 left.