This Date in Cardinal Hoops: 2-19-00
Four years earlier, a sarcastic serenade of Cal's dual-sport standout and future NFL star Tony Gonzalez ("FUM-BLE! FUM-BLE!") made light of the tight end/power forward's memorable Big Game miscue. Now it came time for football to again inspire Stanford's Sixth Man Club.
"SEV-en touch-downs! SEV-en touch-downs! SEV-en touch-downs!"
So wide was the gap between Cal and Stanford's basketball teams on this very date in the year 2000. After the Cardinal upped its unthinkable advantage to 49 points with 8:13 to play, Stanford's rowdy student section witnessed the most lopsided outcome in the rivalry's 250-game history on the hardwood.
Nine years after No. 2 Stanford won by a 101-50 score, the numbers are still hard to fathom: The winning team's starters shot 78 percent (25 of 32) from the field and made 9 of 11 three-point shots. Never had the Golden Bears suffered a more lopsided loss in the 102 year-history of California's men's basketball program. In roughly 1,280 conference games dating back to 1916, never has the Stanford Cardinal (22-1, 11-1 following the rout for the ages) won by more points.
The score grew and grew some more. Cal stayed close early before going down 23-16, but soon it was 39-18. Then it became 42-18 at halftime; 72-30 after a 22-4 Stanford run.
"When a team allows you to get open shots, you have to knock them down," said Stanford senior guard (and new "Card-Corps" member!) David Moseley. "But just because you beat a team by 50 doesn't mean you're king of the hill."
"Mose," a senior from Las Cruces, N.M. needed only 20 minutes to score 28 points, sticking jumpers from all over. Scoring whiz Sean Lampley and Cal (14-10, 5-7) tried clogging the middle early, hoping that by denying the Collins twins and Mark Madsen, they could snap six-game losing skid to their rivals. Wrong.
Moseley remembered Cal's last win in the series all too well. Randy Duck burned the then-freshman for three late three-pointers, and the Bears dogpiled to celebrate the final game between the two sides at the old Harmon Gym.
Stanford entered the game winners of nine straight, including the rivalry's first game at the renamed/remodeled "Haas Pavilion". Cal shot 19 percent from the field in the second half during a year when the Cardinal ran up all kinds of unprecedented numbers.
Ranked No. 1 for the first time in the program's history, Mike Montgomery's 13th season on The Farm also featured the country's best field goal percentage defense. The Collins twins had their first full college season together following two years of nagging injuries for Jason. High-scoring Casey Jacobsen was another McDonald's All-American presence. With the outcome over the Bears, seniors Madsen and Moseley became 100-game winners during their Stanford careers.
But no mention of the 2000 season can be made without reference to more sobering digits. Nine of Montgomery's 12 NCAA tournament teams at Stanford lost in the Big Dance's first weekend. The 2000 group – seeded No. 2 in the South region – lost in the second round to eighth-seeded North Carolina (which in fairness was a ridiculously strong eighth-seed). Of the five groups Monty brought to the tournament seeded third or higher, three never survived the second round. But why dwell on the negative. There can be nothing but fond remembrance on a day when the mighty Cardinal beat Cal by 51 points!
"You're always going to be surprised to get a win like this," Montgomery said. "You've just got to throw it out."
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