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Updated: Saturday, February 22, 2003 9:13 PM EST
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(21) Stanford 93, UCLA 84
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LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Just call it Maples Pavilion South.

Julius Barnes collected 27 points and seven assists as No. 21 Stanford became the first visitor to win six straight games at Pauley Pavilion, defeating UCLA, 93-84, in Pac-10 Conference play.

UCLA (6-17, 3-11 Pac-10) came close to upsetting its second ranked team in as many games after defeating No. 20 California here on Thursday, but suffered through more than four minutes without a basket down the stretch as Stanford (21-6, 11-3) pulled away for the victory.

"These games at Pauley Pavilion have always been big," Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. "We'll enjoy this while we can. Julius Barnes hit a lot of big shots at the end and everybody contributed to this win today."

Dijon Thompson hit a 3-pointer off the right wing to bring the Bruins within 77-76 with 5:14 left before UCLA had trouble scoring. Stanford scored the next seven points on a layup by Justin Davis, a 3-pointer by Barnes and a cutting drive to the hoop by Josh Childress before Jason Kapono hit a pair of free throws with 2:22 left to get the Bruins back within 84-78.

Kapono scored 27 points to lead the Bruins, who also got 22 from Ray Young.

"It was a lot of pressure guarding a guy like Jason Kapono," Stanford guard Matt Lottich said. "He's such a dangerous scorer. I was really trying to take away his jump shot and I think he penetrated on me a couple of times and I was like, man, I can't guard this guy."

Nick Robinson hit a layup at the other end before Kapono finally stopped UCLA's suffering from the field on a 3-pointer from the corner with 59 seconds left.

Barnes hit four free throws in the final minute and Lottich added 3-of-4 from the line to seal the victory for Stanford.

"This was a game that I wanted to win," Barnes said. "To be able to go undefeated at Pauley throughout my career is something that I want."

Lottich hit his first five attempts from 3-point range and finished with 20 points. He also had four rebounds and three assists.

Both teams were hot from beyond the arc. Stanford made 59 percent (10-of-17) of its 3-point attempts, while UCLA shot 55 percent (11-of-20) from long range.

"We didn't defense Stanford's perimeter shooters," UCLA coach Steve Lavin said. "On the defensive end of the floor, we couldn't get the big stop or string of stops that would have allowed us to get over the hump and back into the game."

The Cardinal were even better inside, as they shot 60 percent (32-of-53) overall, compared with the Bruins' mark of 48 percent (27-of-56).

UCLA has not won back-to-back games since January 2-4, when it swept a road trip to Washington and Washington State. The Bruins fell one-half game behind the Huskies for eighth place in the conference - the top eight teams qualify for the Pac-10 tournament.

Stanford extended its winning streak to a season-high five games. The Cardinal had previously had there other four-game runs.


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