Stanford Men Down Cal, 79-69
Feb. 24, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Anthony Goods scored 20 points and Brook Lopez added 15 points and nine rebounds in No. 9 Stanford's 79-69 victory over California on Sunday night, keeping the Cardinal in the race for the Pac-10 title with their ninth win in 10 games.
Robin Lopez and Mitch Johnson had 11 points apiece for the Cardinal (22-4, 11-3), who improved to 14-1 at Maples Pavilion with another methodical win in which they maintained a small lead throughout the second half. Stanford also swept the season series from its cross-Bay rival, following an 82-77 win in Berkeley last month.
Lawrence Hill scored nine points for Stanford, but the junior forward hit a big basket and three free throws as the Cardinal held off Cal's last run. After Ryan Anderson hit two free throws with 4:47 left to cut the Cardinal's lead to 64-62, Stanford took charge with a 10-2 rally that included six points from Brook Lopez.
Anderson finished with 15 points against Stanford, which held him to a season-low 11 in the schools' first meeting this season. Patrick Christopher also scored 15 points for Cal (15-10, 6-8), which had won four of six to boost its flagging NCAA tournament hopes.
The Bears have lost nine of 12 to the Cardinal.
The victory capped a dominant season for Stanford in the major sports against its biggest rival, including the women's basketball team's two wins over Cal and the football team's surprising win over the Bears in the Big Game. Most of the Stanford football team crowded onto the court at halftime to display The Axe, awarded to the winner of the annual rivalry game.
Stanford hadn't played since winning at Arizona on Feb. 16. Stanford's road loss last week to Arizona State is its only blemish since dropping the Pac-10 opener to UCLA, which sits one game ahead of the Cardinal in the conference standings. The schools meet in Westwood on March 6.
The Cardinal led 28-12 midway through the first half, but Cal rallied to trim Stanford's halftime advantage to 33-29. Goods was perfect on eight free throws, including six in the second half.