Stanford Drops Rare Home Contest to Cal, 67-63
Jan. 4, 2007
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -Ayinde Ubaka scored seven of his season-high 26 points in the final 3:32 and California ended a 13-game losing streak on Stanford's home floor dating nearly 14 years, beating the Cardinal 67-63 on Wednesday night.
Stanford's Lawrence Hill missed a contested 3-pointer with 9 seconds left to tie and Ubaka hit one free throw with 6 seconds to go that sealed it. After the final buzzer, Ubaka threw his right hand in the air and pointed up to the Cal student section in the upper corner of the gym.
Freshman Ryan Anderson added 12 points - bouncing in a 3-pointer with 11:02 left - and six rebounds in the Golden Bears' first win at Stanford since an 86-61 victory on Feb. 14, 1993. It didn't set well with most of the sellout crowd of 7,332 at raucous Maples Pavilion.
Freshman Robin Lopez had 16 points, nine rebounds and four blocks for Stanford (8-4, 1-2 Pac-10) and Fred Washington added 11 points, eight boards and seven assists, including several key baskets during Stanford's run in the second half.
Anthony Goods hit a 3-pointer with 9:43 left to make it a five-point game, then had another basket at 8:21 to get Stanford within 51-48. The Cardinal briefly cut it to two but Ubaka scored and Patrick Christopher came up with a pretty reverse layin to make it 58-52 with 5:06 to go before Goods hit another 3.
Cal (10-5, 2-1) pushed the tempo for much of the game and repeatedly beat Stanford's big men down the floor, then the Cardinal often settled for hurried perimeter shots rather than moving the ball around to get into their offense.
The Bears, who concluded a stretch with four straight road games spanning more than three weeks, made eight 3-pointers with three by Ubaka and two by Eric Vierneisel. Cal gets to play at home in its next game, Jan. 11 against Washington State.
Vierneisel's 3 with 17:30 remaining gave Cal a 41-27 lead, then Stanford answered with a 12-2 run that pulled the Cardinal to 43-39 on Washington's putback at 13:26 following two missed free throws by Brook Lopez.
Stanford, which is 5-3 at home, hadn't played in Maples since Dec. 16 and this was only the second home game for the Cardinal since Nov. 28.
Vierneisel started for Cal in place of guard Omar Wilkes, who bruised his tailbone Saturday at Arizona State and was held out of contact drills during Tuesday's practice. Wilkes wound up playing 25 minutes and scoring five points for the short-handed Bears, down to nine scholarship players including four freshmen because of injuries.
Ubaka hit Christopher for an alleyoop 4:40 before halftime, giving the Bears a 24-15 lead they built into a 34-25 cushion at the break. Stanford shot just 26 percent in the opening 20 minutes.
The Bears, who took two early charges on defense, began the game 3-for-19 (15.8 percent) - missing eight of their first nine 3s - but then held Stanford scoreless for nearly five minutes and tied it at 10 on Jerome Randle's jumper at 10:36. Anderson's three-point play the next time down followed capped a 13-2 run.
New Stanford football coach Jim Harbaugh attended the game with Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh, who is fighting leukemia.
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