Still perfect: Stanford over Cal
Berkeley, CA (Sports Network) – Rob Little scored 16 points and Josh Childress
added 15, as No. 2 Stanford dominated the second half en route to a 69-58 win
over California in Pac-10 action at Haas Pavilion.
Matt Lottich chipped in 12 points for the Cardinal (21-0, 12-0 Pac-10), who
remain one of only two undefeated teams in the nation. Third-ranked Saint
Joseph’s beat Rhode Island, 73-59, on Saturday to improve to 22-0.
Marquise Kately scored 16 points to lead the Golden Bears (11-10, 7-5), who
saw their three-game win streak come to a halt.
Stanford trailed by two at the half and tied the game at 37-37 on a jumper by
Childress 1:18 into the second period. A pair of free throws by Ayinde Ubaka
put California back in front, but a basket by Nick Robinson with 18:09
remaining pulled the Cardinal even at 39-39.
A 12-5 spurt by Stanford gave the visitors a seven-point cushion. Matt Haryasz
hit two free throws to put the Cardinal up 51-44 with 10:15 left. Stanford
pushed the lead into double digits at 60-50 on two foul shots by Childress
with 4:29 to play.
Jason Haas gave Stanford its largest lead of the game when he hit two free
throws to make it 69-56 with 17 seconds to play.
“It’s the best we’ve ever done at the school,” said Stanford head coach Mike
Montgomery. “I had to change my tune with the guys. We’re not afraid of
winning every game. I think some of that was starting to creep in, that it
would be bad if we won every game.”
California, which shot 48 percent (14-of-29) over the first 20 minutes, went
just 5-for-23 (22 percent) from the floor in the second half. The Bears went 7
1/2 minutes without a field goal until Kately hit a three-pointer with 51.1
seconds left to play.
“I thought they (Stanford) did a real good job in the second half,” said
California head coach Ben Braun. “They did a good job of keeping us from
getting second shots and keeping the ball out of Leon’s (Powe) hands.
“I thought they (Stanford) did a real good job on defense,” added Braun.
Powe finished with just seven points while going 0-for-5 from the field and
was limited to 18 minutes because of foul trouble.
The Cardinal shot 46 percent (22-of-48) from the field and outrebounded
California by a 35-28 margin.
Stanford took a 29-24 lead on a pair of free throws by Chris Hernandez with
3:45 left in the first half, but California used a 13-2 run to build a six-
point advantage. Kately capped the run for the Bears with a fast-break dunk
that gave them a 37-31 lead with 25 seconds remaining in the opening stanza.
However, the Cardinal scored four quick points in the final seconds of the
half to make it a two-point game at the break. Little was fouled while making
a layup with 1.6 seconds remaining to pull Stanford to within 37-33.
Little missed his free throw attempt, but Childress was fouled trying to grab
the rebound. Childress sank both free throws with three-tenths of a second
left, cutting California’s lead to 37-35 at intermission.