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Stanford knocks off UCLA, will face USC tonight

Cardinal get the double overtime win against the Bruins with Pickens leading the way

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 17 California at Stanford Photo by Tommy LaPorte/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Stanford Cardinal secured the double overtime win over UCLA 107-99 at Maples Thursday night, moving to 7-8 on the season and 1-1 in the Pac-12.

Coming off a loss at home to rival Cal earlier this week, where Stanford were up by as much as seventeen points, the Cardinal looked arguably its best thus far in the season against a very good UCLA team. The Cardinal had huge plays from senior Dorian Pickens including in the second overtime with two minutes left. In a game where it seemed as though Stanford was in a must-win situation to help their season, this win couldn’t have come at a better time.

Pickens went 6-11 from long range and was 8-18 on the night for a career high of 26 points. Freshman Daejon Davis finished 8-11 for 22 points, Reid Travis finished 6-10 shooting 5-5 from the stripe with 18 points and 11 rebounds on the night.

With ten seconds left in the regulation, Dorian Pickens make a clutch three off the inbound with the pump fake to send the game into its first overtime.

But UCLA’s Aaron Holiday, who had 31 points on the night, takes it to a second overtime with a three point bucket as time runs out over Davis at the three point line, almost the exact same play at Pickens’ earlier shot.

No doubt the Cardinal have been plauged with injuries and have had high expectations for this year before the season had started. Tonight, it looked like things are starting to come together as a unit for Haas’s squad. Pickens has been out since the beginning of the season and has obviously been a huge factor in the Cardinal’s mediocre record. Pickens is not yet at one hundred percent but his presence on the court clearly has influenced the teams energy and clutch-ness.

The win gives means the Cardinal have won three of the last four meetings against UCLA on The Farm.

The Cardinal have yet another big test at home and continue the Cali round-up going up against USC at Maples, this Sunday at 7pm PT.

See some highlights from the game below.

Stanford will face USC tonight at home, 7pm on FS1