Stanford Wins Third Straight, Tops California, 75-61

Jan. 14, 2006

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Chris Hernandez made all six of his field goals with five 3-pointers on the way to 20 points, and Stanford won its third straight and sixth in a row over archrival California with a 75-61 victory Friday night.

Matt Haryasz had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinal, who beat the Golden Bears in Maples Pavilion for the 13th consecutive time for their first three-game winning streak of the season and first time going above .500 in six weeks.

The biggest difference in the game was free-throw shooting - Stanford shot 17-for-19 and Cal went a season-worst 11-of-24 from the line.

Leon Powe had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Cal but shot 5-for-11 from the line. Ayinde Ubaka added 13 points, four assists and three rebounds and Rod Benson scored a season-high 10 points to go with five boards.

The Bears (9-5 overall, 3-2 Pac-10) began the week tied for first place in the Pac-10 and were trying to win their first three conference road games for the first time since Hall of Fame coach Pete Newell led the Bears in 1957.

Haryasz scored eight of Stanford's first 10 points and six in a row and finished 9-for-14 from the floor and Taj Finger provided a big boost with his hustle, scrappy defense and heads-up play for the Cardinal (7-6, 3-2).

After Powe scored back-to-back baskets to pull Cal within 43-37 with 16:57 to play, Hernandez hit a long 3-pointer under pressure and with the shot clock about to expire. Powe answered with another basket and made his first four shots after halftime.

After another 3 by Hernandez, Cal went on a 10-4 spurt to get within 53-51 at 9:51. Stanford's Tim Morris stole the ball from Ubaka and had a four-on-one, but missed the layin. Dan Grunfeld got the rebound and was fouled, making both free throws. Then Powe got whistled for an offensive foul for pushing off on the other end and Stanford pulled away.

The Cardinal, picked to finish second in the Pac-10 after starting the season ranked No. 13, have won five of their last seven and six straight at Maples Pavilion, where a sellout crowd of 7,598 turned out for the Bay Area rivalry game - 198 people over capacity.

Stanford's last home loss to Cal came during the 1992-93 season in Jason Kidd's freshman year in Berkeley.

The Bears, who opened conference play with victories at USC and UCLA, had their three-game winning streak snapped in a 72-64 home loss to Oregon State last Saturday. Cal began a three-game road trip that takes the Bears to Arizona State and Arizona next week before they return for seven of their final 11 games at Haas Pavilion.

Stanford switched between man and zone defense to try to slow down Cal's three talented post players and outside shooting threats. Powe, Benson and DeVon Hardin shot 8-for-13 in the first half.

The Cardinal used a 15-7 run over the final 5:20 of the first half to build a 37-31 lead at the break after both teams shot 50 percent or better. But the Bears went 1-for-7 from the free throw line and got outrebounded 18-13 despite having more athletic big men than the Cardinal.

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