LOS ANGELES — Barely a month ago, UCLA had lost two of three games and fallen out of the Top 25. Now, the Bruins are rolling.
Shabazz Muhammad scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half when UCLA pulled away to defeat Stanford 68-60 on Saturday, extending its winning streak to seven games.
Jordan Adams added 12 points and Kyle Anderson had 12 rebounds for the Bruins (12-3, 2-0 Pac-12), who are on their longest run of consecutive wins since taking 10 in a row during the 2008-09 season. They won their eighth straight at home against Stanford, and 11th in their last 12.
The victory allowed UCLA to complete a sweep on opening weekend of Pac-12 play. The Bruins beat California 79-65 on Thursday.
"A win is a beautiful thing," UCLA coach Ben Howland said after being asked about the ugliness of a game that included a combined 28 turnovers.
Six of the Bruins' seven wins during the current streak have come at home. Before the streak began at Texas on Dec. 8, they were upset at home by Cal Poly and lost on a neutral court to ranked San Diego State.
"We're like a whole different team," Muhammad said.
Anderson agreed, saying, "We bought into playing defense and a collective effort to help each other out."
Dwight Powell had 17 points and tied his career high with 13 rebounds, and Chasson Randle added 17 points for Stanford (9-6, 0-2). The Cardinal lost at Southern California 71-69 two days earlier, and they fell to 9-29 on the road in conference play dating to the 2008-09 season. They have dropped 15 of their last 16 on the Los Angeles road trip.
Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins kept his locker room closed for 56 minutes after the game.
"It was a record for me," he said about the lengthy team meeting. "We talked about what we have to do to get better and it was a conversation involving everyone. We held UCLA way under their scoring average, but we have to do a lot better at making shots. We missed too many point-blank shots."
The Bruins built a 15-point lead with 6:33 to play, but they got sloppy. UCLA committed eight turnovers while Stanford scored nine of the next 11 points to close to 57-49. John Gage, who finished with 10 points, scored five in a row in the spurt.
"We started relaxing," Muhammad said. "They get an edge on you. We had to buckle down and play 'D' and make free throws down the stretch."
Larry Drew II, who had seven assists, made a layup that restored UCLA's lead to 10 points. Then Adams missed three straight one-and-ones, while Randle hit a layup and 3-pointer to get Stanford to 59-54 with 47 seconds left.
The Bruins converted 9 of 10 free throws after Adams' misses, which Howland described as "an odd occurrence."
The Bruins' high-octane offense sputtered in the slow-moving game. They came in averaging a Pac-12-leading 80.8 points and they'd averaged 90.2 in their previous five games. They were 21 of 51 from the floor and had 14 turnovers, as did the Cardinal.
But they held Stanford to 34 percent shooting in the game.
No. 3 Arizona 60, Utah 57
At Tucson, Ariz., Solomon Hill had 19 points, Mark Lyons hit two free throws with 7.2 seconds left and Arizona dodged another last-second shot to beat Utah and remain undefeated.
Arizona (14-0, 2-0 Pac-12) needed some help from a disputed call by the officials to win its conference opener. The Wildcats faced another big shot in the closing seconds, when Utah's Jarred DuBois shot a 3-pointer that bounced off the rim, hit the top of the backboard and hit the rim again before missing.
Washington 68,Washington State 63
At Pullman, Wash., C.J. Wilcox scored 18 points and Washington beat poor-shooting Washington State.
Scott Suggs scored three late baskets to help Washington (9-5, 1-0 Pac-12) successfully begin its defense of last year's Pac-12 regular season title.
Mike Ladd scored 15 points to lead Washington State (9-5, 0-1), which has lost four straight to its cross-state rival.
California 72, USC 64
At Los Angeles, Allen Crabbe scored 27 points and Tyrone Wallace and Justin Cobbs added 10 each as California defeated USC.
Crabbe scored 19 points in the second half, including seven straight, for the Bears (9-5, 1-1 Pac-12). He went 9 for 12 from the field and made all eight free-throw attempts.