No. 22 Cal Falls to Stanford
Jan. 17, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Lawrence Hill matched his career high with 25 points and Stanford spoiled former coach Mike Montgomery's return to Maples Pavilion in charge of No. 22 California with a 75-69 victory Saturday night.
The Cardinal's big win in the season's first meeting for Bay Area bragging rights - they dropped a pair of one-point games to be swept by the Washington schools last week - snapped Cal's nine-game winning streak and also might have knocked the Golden Bears out of the Top 25 after they got back in the poll for the first time since 2003.
Anthony Goods added 19 points and Landry Fields 15 points, five rebounds and two blocks for Stanford (12-3, 2-3 Pac-10), which avoided dropping three in a row for the first time since ending the 2006-07 season by losing three straight.
Jamal Boykin scored a career-high 22 points as Cal (15-3, 4-1) kept things close until late at Maples, where a sellout crowd of 7,329 packed the arena.
Theo Robertson hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 1:36 on the way to 17 points for the Bears, but it wasn't enough in a game featuring 15 lead changes and 10 ties.
Hill's basket with 5:35 left gave Stanford its biggest lead yet of five points and the Cardinal built on that. Hill, Goods and Mitch Johnson were recruited by Montgomery at Stanford, but Montgomery was already gone to coach the NBA's Golden State Warriors by the time they got to college.
Jerome Randle, the Pac-10's second-leading scorer at 19.1 points per game, had 13 points on 6-for-14 shooting and seven assists but also committed six turnovers before leaving the game in the waning seconds after getting hit in the left ankle.
Cal's Patrick Christopher had four straight 20-point performances coming in, including 27 in the Bears' 88-85, triple-overtime win at Washington last Saturday, but finished with only nine. The Bears had produced the school's best start since the 1959-60 team went 28-2 and lost in the championship game of the NCAA tournament to Ohio State.
Montgomery coached the Cardinal for 18 seasons and took them to second round of the NCAA tournament 10 straight times before departing for the Warriors. Stanford won its first 26 games in Montgomery's final year in 2003-04 and finished the regular season ranked No. 1 with a 29-1 record. He had a 393-167 mark at Stanford.
The Cardinal made six of their first nine shots and both teams came out taking care of the ball and making crisp passes into the paint for easy baskets. Cal shot 55.2 percent in the first half to Stanford's 53.3 percent, with the Cardinal leading 35-32 at the break after 11 first-half lead changes. No free throws were shot in the first half.
Cal will get a chance to even the season series when the teams play in Berkeley on Feb. 14.