LOS ANGELES — Moses Brown had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and UCLA snapped a four-game skid in interim coach Murry Bartow’s debut, beating Stanford 92-70 on Thursday night in the teams’ Pac-12 opener.
The Bruins (8-6) began the week in turmoil after Steve Alford was fired Monday, the first time in the program’s 100-year history that a coach was dismissed during the season.
After three practices under Bartow, the Bruins looked crisp in the nationally televised game. Their defense and ball movement improved from last weekend’s 15-point home loss to Liberty that sealed Alford’s fate in his sixth season.
Bartow took the helm of a program his late father Gene coached for two seasons in the mid-’70s. Gene Bartow lost his UCLA debut against No. 1 Indiana 84-64 on a neutral court in 1975.
The animated Bartow proved a contrast to Alford. He barked instructions and waved his arms. The 57-year-old coach grabbed the arms of players he wanted in the game and pushed them toward the scorers’ table.
Although Pauley Pavilion was only about half full, as it was for much of Alford’s tenure, the same fans who booed the Bruins last weekend responded with the loudest cheers of the season.
Jaylen Hands added 15 points. Prince Ali and Kris Wilkes had 14 points each for the Bruins.
KZ Okpala was the only player in double figures with 22 points for Stanford (7-6, 0-1) in its 13th straight loss at UCLA.
Beth Harris is an Associated Press writer.
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