Bruins seek to avenge stinging loss

first_imgThe fourth-ranked Bruins are hoping to avenge it today when Stanford visits Pauley Pavilion, and for added incentive a win would give UCLA at least a share of the Pacific-10 crown. “I can’t wait to play them,” UCLA junior guard Arron Afflalo said. “A team scoring 50 points on us in a half, we weren’t playing any defense. It started right at the end of the half. We had built up a lead and became complacent a little bit.” Ben Howland has lost 37 games in his four seasons as UCLA’s coach, but none had the tenor of the debacle at Stanford a month ago. The Bruins led by 17 points late in the first half and were looking to tack on a few free throws when they imploded as Stanford scored 50 second-half points in the win. When asked Friday if the loss was more difficult than most others, Howland simply chuckled and said, “Yup. Yes.” Taj Gibson was one of three USC players to miss practice with injuries Friday, though all are expected to be available today against California. Gibson, USC’s leading rebounder at 8.4 per game, bruised his right elbow battling down low with Stanford’s Lopez twins Thursday. Also sitting out were Abdoulaye N’diaye (bruised foot) and Dwight Lewis, who have combined to start 23 of USC’s 28 games. Senior day Senior Lodrick Stewart will play his final game at Galen Center today. “I know it’s going to be emotional just knowing I’ll never play here in a college game again,” Stewart said. With three regular-season games remaining, Stewart sits at 11th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,356 points, sixth in steals at 143 and second in 3-point field goals made at 216. It could also be the final home game for juniors Nick Young and Gabe Pruitt, who could make themselves eligible for the NBA draft. Pruitt said he didn’t think it would be his final home game. Young said: “I haven’t really thought about it. It’s been a long season, and I just want it to keep going. I want to keep winning.” – Matthew Kredell 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “Stanford played very well in the second half,” Howland said. “You have to give them credit. (Lawrence) Hill and (Anthony) Goods played really well. The Lopez kids (Brook and Robin) were very effective. They did a good job and we didn’t keep our composure very well in that game.” Today, the Cardinal will be without Goods, their second-leading scorer. The guard is averaging 13 points per game, but will miss his fourth consecutive game with an ankle injury. – Brian Dohn Medical update last_img

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