California sold out its second straight home game with Saturday's win over rival Stanford, with 11,858 on hand for the stripe-out at Haas Pavilion. The last time Cal sold out Haas was against then-No. 11 Arizona on Jan. 23 (also 11,858).
With the Bears' 76-61 win over the Cardinal, Cal improved to 14-0 at Haas Pavilion this season, and are riding a 15-game home winning streak, dating back to last season. The current home winning streak ranks tied for fifth in school history. Cal also improved to 5-0 on the home court in conference play this season.
Five Bears finished in double figures – junior wing Jordan Mathews (18), freshman forward Jaylen Brown (16), junior wing Jabari Bird (13), redshirt sophomore center Kameron Rooks (11) and freshman forward Ivan Rabb (10).
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1640614-cal-avenges-maples... The Bears improved to 147-119 in the all-time series against Stanford, and they also snapped a four-game losing streak against the Cardinal.
Entering today’s game, Cal held advantages in scoring (+15.8 ppg), rebounding (+10.5 rpg) and had held opponents to just 36.3 percent shooting from the floor in games played at Haas. On Saturday, Cal beat Stanford by 15 points (leading by as many as 24), outrebounded the Cardinal by 16 and held Stanford to a 38.2% shooting night from the field.
With 18 points, Mathews increased his career total to 1,053, which moved him up to 40th place on Cal’s all-time list. Amit Tamir (2002-04) is 39th with 1,055 points and Larry Friend (1955-57) is 38th with 1,061. Shooting 4-for-6 from three-point distance, it was the sixth time this season that Mathews has made at least four three-pointers in a game.
Rooks's 11 points were a career-high. He also pulled down a career-best 12 rebounds for the second game in a row, good for his first career double-double. This was his fourth straight game with at least seven boards.
Junior point guard Sam Singer tallied a personal-best nine assists in his fifth game as the starting point guard. Injured Tyrone Wallace has just one game of nine or more assists in his entire career, coming in the opener against Rice. In his three seasons in Berkeley, Justin Cobbs had six games of nine or more assists.
After Stanford opened the game on a 6-0 run, Cal followed that with a 17-4 run, capped by back-to-back treys by Bird, who combined with Mathews to go 7-of-11 from beyond the arc.
Cal’s 41 points in the first half were the Bears' most in conference play this season. The last time Cal reached 40 points in the first half was Dec. 28 vs. Davidson (47).
Roger Moute a Bidias played 15 minutes, the most he's played since the win over Wyoming on Dec. 5. He contributed three point and two rebounds, but provided key defensive support, said head coach Cuonzo Martin. Moute a Bidias hit a three-pointer off a double team on Brown to give Cal a 28-18 lead, as part of a 19-8 run by the Bears in the first half.
After going four games without hitting a three-pointer (0-for-10), Bird has now hit at least one three-pointer in the last six, including a 3-for-5 performance on Saturday. Over that span, Bird is 13-for-32 (40.63%) from beyond the arc.