Cal Topped By Stanford, 69-59
BERKELEY - A 3-pointer from sophomore Jordan Mathews brought the Bears within two points with 7:26 left in regulation, but the Stanford Cardinal (12-4, 4-1 Pac-12) strung together a late run to defeat California (11-7, 1-4 Pac-12), 69-59, on Wednesday night in front of 8.819 fans at Haas Pavilion.
Eight Bears registered points against the Cardinal as junior Tyrone Wallace led Cal's offensive efforts with 14 points. Senior David Kravish and Mathews joined in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively, while the Bears added 22 points from the bench.
Stanford's Chasson Randle led the Cardinal with 25 points, and Anthony Brown made two key 3-pointers in the final five minutes to key the win.
For the game, Cal connected on 35 percent (22-62) of its shots, including 38 percent (6-16) from beyond the arc and 78 percent (9-12) from the free-throw line. Stanford shot 48 percent (25-52) from the field, 50 percent (8-16) 3-point range and 58 percent (11-19) from the charity stripe. The Bears won the rebounding battle, 41-34.
Stanford led 49-45 with just over nine minutes left when the Cardinal pulled away.
Randle, who had 11 points in the first half, got Stanford rolling when he scored on an alley-oop dunk off a pass from Brown. He later added a short jumper then closed out the night with a pair of free throws to put the Cardinal up 67-57 with 1:09 remaining.
Jabari Bird, playing for the second time since missing 10 consecutive games due to a left foot injury, came off the bench to give Cal a lift in the first half. After missing his first shot, Bird made a pair of 3-pointers then later added two free throws to help give the Bears a 31-26 halftime lead.
Stanford led six times in first half but was held without a bucket over the final five minutes following a long jumper by Stefan Nastic.
Cal returns to the court on Thursday, Jan. 22, when it hosts Arizona State. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m., and will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks.