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Comeback Falls Short At Stanford

Feb 7, 2021
Joel Brown (left) and Matt Bradley battle for the ball under the basket.

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STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford got 23 points from Oscar da Silva and used its inside presence to its advantage, defeating California, 76-70, Sunday night at Maples Pavilion to complete a two-game sweep of the Golden Bears.
Cal (7-14, 2-12 Pac-12), which trailed by as many as 19 points in the second half, made a run at the Cardinal in the closing minutes, getting to within five points with 21 seconds left on a Jarred Hyder 3-pointer. But Stanford (12-7, 8-5 Pac-12) made enough free throws to keep the Bears at bay.
Matt Bradley led four Bears in double figures with 15 points, while Hyder added a season-high 13 points, with 11 coming in the second half. Joel Brown had one of his better offensive games of the year, finishing with 12 for his second double-digit outing in his last three games, and Ryan Betley scored 12 points, as well. Bradley moved up another notch on Cal's all-time scoring list to 34th with 1,150 points.
Overall, Stanford shot 58.3 percent from the floor and scored 44 points in the paint. In addition to da Silva, Lukas Kisunas tossed in 12 points, Michael O'Connell had 11 and Jaiden Delaire had 10.
Cal and Stanford played a tight game at the start with five lead changes and four ties. But after Brown made it 22-all with a layup off a Cardinal turnover, Stanford went on a 13-2 run to build a 35-24 lead at the break. Brown had seven points in the opening period, above the two points he had for the entire game against the Cardinal three nights earlier.
Stanford kept up the pressure after the teams returned to the court, extending its advantage to 44-26 before four minutes had elapsed. The Bears, though, chipped away and when Andre Kelly scored off a feed from Betley, the gap was 10 points at 58-48 with 7:29 to go. Stanford responded by scoring the next eight points, and the Bears did not get within 10 points until the final two minutes.
Cal returns home to host Utah in an afternoon contest on Thursday, Feb. 11 at Haas Pavilion. The game tips off at 3 p.m. and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.
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