No. 23 Cardinal Crushes Cal, 90-71
Feb. 3, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Fred Washington scored a season-high 21 points to go with eight assists and six rebounds, leading No. 23 Stanford past rival California 90-71 on Saturday night.
The Cardinal avenged a four-point loss to the Golden Bears at Maples Pavilion last month, when Cal ended a 13-game losing streak on Stanford's home floor dating nearly 14 years.
Stanford (15-6, 7-3 Pac-10) salvaged a split out of the week after losing to six-time defending West Coast Conference champion Gonzaga 90-86 in double overtime Wednesday night in the Cardinal's first regular-season game in the poll since ending the 2003-04 season ranked No. 1.
Brook Lopez, coming off a career-high 20 points against Gonzaga, had 19 points and seven rebounds and Lawrence Hill scored seven straight points during one second-half stretch on the way to 24 points and also added seven rebounds and four assists.
Lopez's 7-foot twin, Robin, had five blocks for the Cardinal.
Ayinde Ubaka had 17 points and seven assists - shooting just 5-for-13 - for the Bears and is still regaining his strength from a stomach virus. He needed an IV during the game against USC on Jan. 27. Ubaka scored a season-high 26 points in the first meeting.
Jerome Randle scored 19 points and Theo Robertson added 11 and five rebounds for the Golden Bears (12-10, 4-6), who faced a ranked team for the fourth straight game and missed a shot at their first sweep of the season series since the 1992-93 season when Jason Kidd was a freshman for the Bears.
Freshman and leading scorer Ryan Anderson was held to 11 points on 4-for-11 shooting.
Cal had won two in a row against Stanford, but hasn't taken three straight since getting five consecutive wins from 1985-87. Some fans in the sellout crowd of 11,877 at Haas Pavilion started making their way for the exits well before the final buzzer.
Hill had his second straight big game, but came out on the winning end this time. He shot 10-for-13 with four 3-pointers after scoring 22 against the Zags. Stanford also converted 22 of 24 free throws, 8-for-8 by Anthony Goods, 7-of-9 for Washington and 6-of-6 by Taj Finger.
Goods was whistled for a technical with 7:44 to go after tossing the ball behind him toward Cal's Taylor Harrison. Ubaka's two free throws made it a 10-point game at 59-49, but Hill quickly scored on the other end for Stanford - the first of his seven straight points.
After Ubaka's 3-pointer with 14:45 to play pulled Cal within 44-40, Stanford used a 12-2 run to take charge for good.
The Cardinal earned a spot in the poll this week for the first time since the 2005-06 preseason, and third-year coach Trent Johnson has a ranked team for the first time during his Stanford tenure. It's unclear whether this win will be enough to keep them in the poll for another week.
A 16-4 run by Cal got the Bears back in it late in the first half, with pint-sized freshman point guard Randle scoring nine in the spurt, including two 3-pointers. Stanford shot 54 percent in the opening half.
Cal started the game 2-for-12 to 8-of-11 for Stanford, which jumped out to a 20-4 lead before Cal began to get into its offense. The Bears forced eight first-half turnovers to stay within 35-29 at halftime despite shooting 38 percent.
The Bears welcomed back forward Eric Vierneisel, who missed the previous two games against UCLA and USC with a sprained left ankle. His return still left the Bears with only nine healthy scholarship players, including a former walk-on and two freshmen.
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