Stanford Drops Pac-10 Opener At California, 92-66
Jan. 2, 2010
BERKELEY, Calif.- Jerome Randle had 24 points and seven assists, and Pac-10 favorite California cruised to a 92-66 victory over rival Stanford on Saturday afternoon in the conference opener for both teams.
Max Zhang contributed a career-high 13 points to go along with four rebounds and three blocked shots, while Theo Robertson added 10 points, six rebounds and four assists as California (9-4, 1-0 Pac-10) improved to 8-0 at Haas Pavilion.
Stanford (6-7, 0-1 Pac-10) received a team-high 23 points from Jeremy Green while Landry Fields registered his sixth double-double of the year with 20 points and 10 boards. Fields, who is averaging 23.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per game, has now produced nine consecutive 20-point games. He is the only Stanford player since at least 1960 to accomplish the feat.
Despite the 20-point outings from Green and Fields, Stanford was held to 41 percent shooting overall and received only 14 points from its bench compared to 40 from California.
California shot 59.6 percent overall and 63.3 percent over the first 20 minutes, resulting in a 45-25 lead at halftime. The Golden Bears connected on 20-28 tries from the free throw line and held a 35-31 advantage on the boards.
The Golden Bears first went up by double-figures at the 11:18 mark of the first half following a dunk from Zhang.
Stanford opened the second half on a 10-3 scoring run, slicing California's lead to 48-35 with 16:46 remaining. But the Golden Bears scored six consecutive points and led comfortably the rest of the way.
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NOTES: Stanford has now dropped three straight Pac-10 openers, last winning a league lid-lifter in 2007 at Arizona State ... This was Cal's biggest win in the Bay Area rivalry since an 81-53 win on Feb. 15, 1986 -- the year before now-Cal coach Mike Montgomery took over at Stanford ... Unlike last year's hot-shooting first half in Berkeley that saw Stanford shoot 67.9 percent and knock down 9-12 three-pointers, the Cardinal was held to 28.1 percent over the first 20 minutes on Saturday evening and made just 1-9 from beyond the arc ... Jeremy Green has now scored in double-figures in 11 straight games ... Stanford has controlled the game's opening tip in 10 consecutive games since Oral Roberts won the first jump back on Nov. 18 ... Stanford's 25 points in the first half matched a 25-point second half against Kentucky on Nov. 25 for the lowest scoring output in a period this season ... Playing for the first time since Nov. 29 against Portland State (injury), Da'Veed Dildy scored a season-best five points and dished out three assists in eight minutes off the bench.
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