No. 17 Stanford Defeats No. 22 Cal 72-60 To Take Second Place In Pac-10

March 9, 2003

Stanford, Calif. - Josh Childress had 15 points and 10 rebounds as No.17 Stanford continued its dominance of rival California at home, defeating theNo. 22 Golden Bears 72-60 Saturday night to finish second in the Pac-10Conference.

With the win, Stanford (23-7, 14-4) earns the second seed behind No. 1Arizona in the conference tournament next week in Los Angeles. The Cardinalsnapped a two-game losing streak against their Bay area rival.

The Golden Bears (20-7, 13-5) were lifeless most of the first half, gettingdominated on the boards and outhustled to loose balls, and couldn't get in syncon either end of the court.

Brian Wethers had four 3-pointers in the second half and finished with 16points, but Cal shot 33 percent. Stanford sealed the game with 3-pointers byMatt Lottich, Julius Barnes and Josh Childress in the final minutes.

Lottich scored 14 points, including four 3s.

The Bears considered this game one of their better shots at ending a decadeof frustration in Maples Pavilion. The Bears hadn't won here since an 86-61victory on Feb. 14, 1993, a span of 10 games.

The Cardinal flustered Joe Shipp, the conference's leading scorer at 21points per game, in the first half. They got a hand in his face and made itdifficult for him to shoot. He was held to seven in the half and finished with14 on 4-for-10 shooting.

In an example of how this game went for Cal, Shipp had a free throw negatedwith 11:25 left in the game because he wasn't supposed to be the shooter. ConorFamulener had been fouled, so Shipp stepped aside and Famulener went to theline and hit both his attempts.

Forward Amit Tamir, Cal's second-leading scorer with a 16.7 average, was1-for-12 for a season-low two points.

Wethers made a 3-pointer with 10:02 left to pull Cal within 49-43 andanother at 8:22 to bring the Bears within 52-48. Joe Kirchofer made two key baskets in the final eight minutes and was a force on the boards for the Cardinal, whose bench had its second-best output of the season with 24 points.

Stanford's tree mascots were out in force - all five of them attended thegame, dancing across the court before the game and during breaks, creating aforest of sorts.

Stanford, which had its season-best six-game winning streak snapped in a72-69 loss to No. 1 Arizona on March 1, has won 11 of 14 and 10 of 11 at home.

Rob Little's rebounding gave the Cardinal several second-chanceopportunities early. He had five boards in the first five minutes and 10 forthe game. The Cardinal showed patience on offense, moving the ball withefficiency that led to open shots, many of them in the low post.

The Bears were called for two offensive fouls in the first 7:15 and bothteams were sloppy with the ball, committing five turnovers each in the first 11minutes. Cal made only 6-of-20 field goals to start the game, and was 0-for-6on 3-pointers.

Stanford used a 21-5 spurt late in the first half to take a 37-26 halftimelead. The Bears missed 12 straight shots in one span and shot 29.6 percent.

The Cardinal have been holding opponents to a league-low 68 points per gamewhile Cal has been giving up 71.2 points.

Cal defeated Stanford 72-59 in the first meeting of the season Jan. 4 inBerkeley. The Bears came into Saturday's game looking for their most conferencewins since the 1993-94 season when they also won 13 in Pac-10 play.


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