Stone Cold Stanford Soundly Defeated At Cal

Men's Hoops Editor Ray Salloom provides the Bootleg faithful a look at the game flow, stats, and facts after Stanford came out of the blocks poorly and never seemed to really recover. The Cardinal fell behind by as many 18 in the first half and 28 in the second, in a 74-55 loss in Berkeley on Saturday afternoon.

The Stanford Cardinal came into Saturday afternoon's tilt in Berkeley against the California Golden Bears attempting to better their conference record from the season before and get a sweep over their hated rivals. On a "Senior Day" which only featured one such man from either team, the Cardinal started out ice cold from the field and the home team never let them back in the game, cruising to a 74-55 victory that was not nearly as close as the final score indicated. Stanford drops to 15-15, 7-11 in league play, while California moves to 17-13, 10-8 in the Pac-10.

Stanford's leading scorer was Jeremy Green, who finished with 19 points on 5-10 shooting for the afternoon. Jack Trotter and Gabriel Harris came off the bench to score seven points each. Point guard Aaron Bright only played three minutes before coming out of the game with an apparent shoulder injury. Further details are currently not available. California was led by Allen Crabbe's 23 points on 10-13 shooting. Next in line was Harper Kamp with 20 on 9-12 field goals. Markhuri Sanders-Frison, the aforementioned lone senior, had 13 points and 13 rebounds.

A Jarrett Mann jumper cut the Bears lead to 16, 53-37, with 9:59 remaining in the game, but an 8-3 run, highlighted by an impressive fast break by the home team, put Cal up 21 again with just over eight minutes to go in the contest. From there, California continued to pressure Stanford on both sides of the court, using great passing to get easy shots and getting in the face of Cardinal shooters, causing them to miss on multiple occasions. The lead grew to as much as 28 with two minutes to go before a too little, too late 9-0 spurt made the game appear closer than it really was.

Stanford shot 38% from the field, including a dismal 19% (4-21) from deep. The Cardinal also was unsuccessful at the free throw line, making just nine of their nineteen attempts (47%). Cal finished the game shooting 56% from the field, but was just 1-9 beyond the arc. The Golden Bears made 75% of their charity stripe attempts, hitting 15-of-20. Each team had 10 offensive rebounds, but California won the overall battle, 36-25. Stanford tallied eight assists and 14 turnovers, while the home team had 17 assists and 15 turnovers.

Cal broke out to an 8-2 lead just 3:30 into the game, capped by a Kamp layup after sealing his man using the baseline. This prompted Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins to replace the entire starting five and see if his bench could get off the schnide. The change was only momentary for the Cardinal and the visitors could muster little else on the offensive end, tallying just those four points through eleven minutes of play. Stanford scored 17 points in the final nine minutes, but Cal's offense kept up, until a small flurry before the half narrowed the gap to 12, 33-21, as the teams headed into the locker room.

Stanford scored the first bucket out of the halftime break, a hook by Owens, to cut the lead down to 10, and continued to chip away at the Bears' advantage, using a long Brown jumper to cap a 10-0 run and get the Cardinal to within 33-25. Unfortunately, Cal awoke from their offensive struggles and hit two baskets before a long three-pointer from Green kept the Cardinal in the contest. After the mandatory TV timeout, the Golden Bears came out of the hibernation for good, extending the lead to 16, 44-28, less than six minutes into the half. A three-point play by Kamp made it 47-30 and the rout was on for Cal. The Cardinal even had a 4-on-1 break turn out badly as Green decided to try a long right wing three-pointer, but missed long, then watched as Crabbe streaked toward the hoop, gathering in a pass from Richard Solomon, and dunk the ball home to put Cal up 51-30 with just over 12 minutes to go in the game.

Stanford will now head to Los Angeles to compete in the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament. The Cardinal enter the tournament as the #8 seed and will take on the #9 seeded Oregon State Beavers at 6:00pm on Wednesday night. The winner of that game will take on the #1 Arizona Wildcats at approximately 2:30pm the next afternoon.

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