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Basketball: Stanford game thread

By Jeff Faraudo
Saturday, February 14th, 2009 at 2:12 pm in Basketball, Gameday.

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FINAL SCORE: Cal 82, Stanford 75. Two free throws by Kamp woth 31 seconds left and one by Randle with 12.7 remaining iced it. Christopher scored 21 points, then slapped high-fives with the Cal students. Kamp and Boykin, playing tag-team in the second half, each had 11. Randle had 18 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. Gutierrez was spectacular, with 10 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Stanford, which shot 68 percent in the first half, made just one field goal in the final 8 minutes and shot 8-for-24 in the second half. Cal improved to 19-6, 8-4 in the Pac-10. Stanford is 15-8, 4-8.

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0:56.7 2nd H: Cal is ahead 77-73 and has the ball. Mitch Johnson just picked up his fourth personal, fouling Randle, but Stanford still needs to foul once more before sending the Bears to the line.

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2:10 2nd H: Christopher hit a 3-pointer off a pass from Randle, who was nearly trapped by a blindside double-team, and Cal’s lead is 75-71. Goods missed a 3-pointer for Stanford, which got the ball back. Gutierrez just got his fourth foul for hacking Fields, who is shooting two.

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3:01 2nd H: Cal leads 72-71. Randle scored on a drive to the basket, then hit a tough 3-pointer from the top of the key. Gutierrez then swiped a pass from Goods — his fifth steal of the game — leading to a twisting drive to the hoop by Randle. Stanford timeout. The Cardinal has one field goal since 8:04.

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4:14 2nd H: It’s 71-67 Stanford after a layup by Randle. Cal is staying close, but cannot get over the hump. Gutierrez is a whirling dervish on defense for Cal, but the Bears must be getting tired. Four of them have played the entire second half.

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7:27 2nd H: Stanford’s lead is 66-63 after a 3-pointer by Patrick Christopher, who has 14 points. Hill has 15 for Stanford. Montgomery just lit into the officials after a call against Robertson, unhappy with several he felt were not called against his players. Boykin is back in for Kamp. Otherwise, Cal hasn’t made a substitution this half.

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11:44 2nd H: Cal got within 53-52 when Kamp converted a putback with 13:58 left, his third basket of the half. Stanford now leads 57-54, but the Bears are playing defense with fire after a relatively passive first half. Kamp and Gutierrez have given Cal a huge emotional lift off the bench. Stanford is shooting just 3-for-12 in the half. Gutierrez is playing the point, which prevents Stanford from doubling Randle with two taller defenders.

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15:17 2nd H: Stanford’s lead is down to 53-46. Montgomery started Gutierrez in the second half, giving the Bears three guards on the floor and a quicker, more aggressive lineup. Stanford is shooting just 1-for-6 in the half and has two turnovers already. Boykin picked up his third foul with 16:43 left and has been replaced by Harper Kamp.

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18:06 2nd H: Cal has scored six straight points to open the half, cutting the gap to 50-42 and awakening the Haas Pavilion crowd. Stanford called timeout to a deafening roar.

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THE 1959 CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM: At a midcourt ceremony, Cal is introducing each member of the ’59 team able to attend the game. Tom Newell is representing his father, the late coach Pete Newell. Center Darrall Imhoff had his jersey No. 40 retired to a standing ovation from the Haas Pavilion crowd.

Imhoff asked for a moment of silence for Newell, who died at age 93 in November, and two other former teammates who also have died.

“I get the individual honor, and I appreciate that. But this is really a team honor,” Imhoff said. “It honors especially Pete Newell.”

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HALFTIME: Stanford leads 50-36 and, all things considered, the Bears must feel grateful it’s not worse. They were down 42-21 after Goods hit a 3-pointer with 6:40 left, and have outscored Stanford 15-8 since. The Cardinal finished the half at an astonishing 67.9 percent from the field, including 9-for-12 from 3-point range. Jorge Gutierrez pulled off a couple steals late in the half to create some transition opportunities, but otherwise this was a dreadful first-half defensive performance by the Bears. Freshman Green has 11 points for Stanford and Fields and Goods each have 10. Boykin scored nine points for Cal, which shot 46.7 points and had seven turnovers. 

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1:22 1st H: A glimmer of hope for the Bears? Cal just six six straight points, pulling within 47-31 and prompting Stanford to call timeout. A steal by Jorge Gutierrez led to a Patrick Christopher layup off a pass from Randle. Stanford has gone six possessions without scoring. Previously, the Cardinal hadn’t had a drought longer than two possessions.

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3:53 1st H: Remarkably, Stanford leads 47-27. The Cardinal is moving the ball very well, getting open shots, and making them. Stanford is shooting 75 percent (18-for-24) from the field, including 8-for-10 from 3-point range. Cal is at 47.8 percent, but just 1-for-2 from deep and has six turnovers. Montgomery has put Boykin back into the game — it’s probably now or never. Six players from the 1970s were introduced during this timeout.

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7:29 1st H: Stanford used a 15-3 run to forge a 36-19 lead. A drive to the basket by Randle made it 36-21. But Stanford has been impressive. The Cardinal is shooting 73.7 percent (14-for-19) and has just one turnover. Fields has scored 10 on 4-for-4 shooting, two of them beyond the arc. Cal is becoming frustrated offensively, and has four turnovers, two of them on traveling calls. Eight players from the 1960s just got introduced. You wonder if Monty thinks any of them can help.

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11:56 1st H: Stanford leads 22-16. Boykin has nine points, but came out after picking up his second foul with 12:22 left.  Stanford’s Josh Owens also has two fouls. The Cardinal continues to be hot — 69.2 percent (9-for-13), while Cal is at 50 percent (7-for-14).  Well-played game so far: Cal has one turnover, Stanford none.  Nineteen players from the 1950s were just introduced.

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14:02 1st H: Mike Montgomery just called timeout. Stanford has run off 11 straight points and leads 20-11. Montgomery was worried that everyone in the Cardinal lineup can shoot the ball, and already four different Stanford players — Anthony Goods, Landry Fields, Will Paul and Jeremy Green — have connected from deep. Stanford is shooting 8-for-10 overall.

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15:57 1st H: Stanford leads 12-11 in a fast-paced start to things. The Cardinal is shooting 5-for-6, Stanford 5-for-8. Boykin has seven of Cal’s first 11 points. During the timeout, Cal just introduced five members of its teams from the 1940s, guys who played for the late Nibs Price.

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LINEUPS: Cal goes with its usual — Randle, Christopher, Robertson, Boykin and Wilkes. Stanford has started Josh Owens at center in place of Will Paul.

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RECORDS: Cal 18-6, 7-4 in Pac-10; Stanford 15-7, 4-6 in Pac-10.

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  • Lawrence

    GuuuuuuuuuTTTTTTTTTIEEEEERRRRRREEEEEZZZZZZZZ

  • rollonubears

    THE RECRUIT!!!!!!! Go Bears!

  • wehofx

    BALLING!

    Go Bears!

  • MM

    Jorge Gutierrez was a man tonight. What a tremendous effort by the team with true frosh Jorge leading the charge. Kamp and Boykin sure played a hard tough game as well doing all the little things to help overcome that seemingly impossible deficit.
    Great team come back win in a huge game. The refs sure did Cal no favors in this one and it looked to me like Gutierrez’s attitude rubbed off on our guys, toughness!
    He and the guys were not getting the calls on our own home floor and they could not miss in the 1st half but sucked it up and said not tonight.
    Bears win!
    Congrats guys, you got your coach his first of many wins vs.the tree. Go Bears!

  • tom

    Okay, somebody needs to report on the big smile Montgomery couldn’t conceal when he greeted Dawkins in the handshake line at the end of the game. Normally, the winning coaches give a respectful, not-too-happy, “thanks for the game”, or “gee, those were tough breaks – sorry we won” handshake. Monty seemed to explode a gleeful, “Wow! Can you believe we won? Woo Hooo!” That was too funny.

    Please report back!

  • Lawrence

    We should have a game feed for the women’s game. Pretty entertaining.

  • CALiforniALUM

    Nuestro Sexican tiene “la moda bestia”

  • Lawrence

    The Bears just lost their composure. Bad starting guard play from the freshman.