Pulling away late

Two days ago the Wildcats had a big lead whittled down in the final minutes to give Cal a loss on the scoreboard that look far more respectable than it actually was. On Saturday the Wildcats played a close battle with Stanford but used a late push to pull away for an 89-75 win that was much closer than the final score indicated.

Early on it looked like the Wildcats could roll to an easy win. The Cats hit 7-8 first half three pointers and led by as 14.

The second half saw the Cardinal tighten up the defense and worked the ball to their big men.

Thanks in large part to the play of twin freshmen Brook and Robin Lopez. The two seven footers combined for 31 points and 16 rebounds. Brook came off the bench and had seven offensive rebounds.

In fact Stanford had 17 offensive rebounds and made the most of it, dominating the Wildcats in second chance points.

Stanford opened the second half with a 14-6 run and took a 59-56 lead.

The Cardinal led by as many as five before Mustafa Shakur took over. The Wildcat point guard scored the next seven points to put the Wildcats up for good.

The senior scored 18 points and dished out nine assists.

Marcus Williams struggled with foul trouble and tough match-ups on the defensive end, but led the Cats with 23 points and eight rebounds.

Ivan Radenovic scored 22, grabbed six boards, dished five assists and had four steals.

Phoenix native Lawrence Hills scored 20 to lead the Cardinal.


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