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UCLA basketball: Bruins storm back for 68-57 victory over Stanford

January 22, 2011 |  1:30 pm

Ucla1_350 UCLA woke up just in time.

After a sluggish start during which the Bruins trailed by 14 points in the first half of a game with an 11 a.m. tipoff, they rallied for a 68-57 victory over Stanford on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion.

Making the comeback all the more pleasing for UCLA fans, there wasn't the seemingly requisite near-meltdown in the final minutes. The Bruins won going away even with freshman center Joshua Smith sidelined the entire game by lingering concerns over his sore head and sophomore forward Reeves Nelson playing the last seven-plus minutes with a leg injury.

Junior guard Malcolm Lee scored 23 points on six-for-11 shooting and sophomore forward Tyler Honeycutt had 16 points for UCLA (13-6 overall, 5-2 in Pacific 10 Conference play), which held Stanford (10-8, 3-4) to 30.8% shooting on the way to its fourth consecutive victory.

Josh Owens had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Cardinal, which had tied the score at 46-46 on a three-pointer by Aaron Bright before the Bruins scored nine of the next 11 points to take control. UCLA committed only eight turnovers in the game.

UCLA freshman center Anthony Stover had five points and five rebounds in his best game.

We'll have more later at www.latimes.com/sports.

--Ben Bolch

Photo: UCLA forward Reeves Nelson defends against Stanford forward Josh Owens in the first half Saturday at Pauley Pavilion. Credit: Kelvin Kuo / US Presswire

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