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Basketball: Stanford game thread

FINAL SCORE: Cal 71, Stanford 61. The Bears (21-9, 13-5) wrap up the outright Pac-10 title — their first in 50 years. Get their first sweep of Stanford since 1993. Mike Montgomery wins at Maples Pavilion for the first time as a visiting coach. Christopher scored 23 points — 11 in the final 8:09. Boykin had 13 points and seven rebounds, Randle had 11 points and five assists. Fields had 25 points and 12 rebounds for Stanford (13-17, 7-11).

1:37 2nd H: Christopher just hit a big 3-point over Jarrett Mann and Cal extends its lead to 67-59. Stanford had just switched from zone to man-to-man defense for the first time since early in the half and Christopher drilled the shot.

3:48 2nd H: Stnaford has closed to 61-57 after a jumper by Green and a 3-pointer by Shiller off a pass from Fields. Sanders-Frison is going to the FT line — PF No. 4 on Green, who will stay in the game.

5:42 2nd H: Johnny Dawkins just called timeout after back-to-back jumpers by Christopher pushed Cal’s lead to 61-52. Those were sandwiched around a possession where Robertson played excellent defense against Fields, who missed a tough shot. Gutierrez still sitting at the far end of the bench.

7:39 2nd H: Cal leads 57-50 and has the ball, but Gutierrez just limped off after apparently injuring his left foot or ankle. He is being examined on the bench. Amoke has replaced him on the floor.

10:52 2nd H: It’s Cal 51-46. Sanders-Frison is giving the Bears a nice lift off the bench — he has six points and a conference-best six rebounds.

11:57 2nd H: Cal leads 49-46, but Stanford tied the score at 44-all when Jack Trotter converted  a layup and FT with 14:02 left. Since then, Fields picked up his second and third fouls, taking a seat with 12:14 left. He has 19 points and eight rebounds. Randle is 1-for-6 from the field and appeared frustrated a few moments ago after missing an open pull-up 17 footer.

15:19 2nd H: Cal leads 44-40 after Christopher’s second 3-pointer of the half. Stanford got within one point a few moments earlier when Green buried his second 3-pointer of the half. Randle is 1-for-5 from the field and not easily finding his shot. Christopher has 12 points to lead Cal.

HALFTIME SCORE: Cal 34, Stanford 30. The Cardinal closed the half with an 8-0 run to erase two-thirds of Cal’s 12-point lead. The Bears failed to score on their final six possessions of the half and managed just eight more poitns after forging a 26-16 lead with 7:57 left. Stanford went bigger to take away from of Cal’s easy inside scoring, and the Bears’ shooting fell off. Cal finished the half at 41.9 percent (13-for-31) while Stanford converted 44.4 percent (12-27).  Fields has been his typical busy self for Stanford, contributing 15 points and seven rebounds. Boykin has 11 points for Cal while Christopher and Robertson each have six. Randle’s one 3-pointer tied his 0wn single-season Cal record of 82. But those were his only points of the half. Cal has a 21-15 rebounding edge, but Stanford closed the gap over the final 6-8 minutes. The Cardinal would be closer still if not for a 3-for-8 effort from the FT line. Today is Christopher’s school-record 129th career game.

2:08 1st H: Cal leads 34-26 after a nice drive to the hoop by Fields, who has 11 points. The Bears were playing their all-senior lineup for a few minutes, but Gutierrez and Sanders-Frison are returning to the floor after the timeout. Boykin has 11 for Cal, which cannot seem to separate from the Cardinal.

7:44 1st H: Cal leads 26-16. The Bears are pounding the ball inside and getting good shots. They’re now at 10-for-21 from the floor after starting 1-for-6.

11:40 1st H: Cal’s lead is 15-10, its biggest of the game. Boykin has nine points on 3-for-3 from the field, 3-for-3 from the line. Cal is 6-for-15 and has missed its only two 3-pointers. Cal dominating the boards 10-4 so far. Stanford, shooting 4-for-9,  has gotten five points from Fields.

15:24 1st H: Cal has scored eight straight and leads 8-5, with Boykin going to the line for a FT to complete a 3-point play. Boykin has scored six points. Cal was scoreless on its first four possessions, shooting 0-for-4 with a turnover. A 3-pointer by Green and jumper by Fields gave Stanford an early 5-0 lead. Cal is 3-for-8 from the field, Stanford 2-for-6.

ASU WINS: The Sun Devils finished off UCLA 56-46 and improved to 12-6 in the league, meaning Cal must win to own the title all by itself.

THE CROWD: What crowd? Maples is at least one-fourth empty just before tipoff. You think they’d want a chance to say goodbye to Landry Fields.

ASU UPDATE: The Sun Devils lead UCLA 53-44 with a minute and a half left, so it appears Cal will have to take care of business itself and beat Stanford to lock up the Pac-10 outright title. We’ll update the ASU-UCLA score with it’s over.

STARTING LINEUPS: Cal will go with its usual group — Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher, Theo Robertson, Omondi Amoke and Jamal Boykin. Stanford is starting Jarrett Mann, Jeremy Green, Drew Shiller, Landry Fields and Jack Trotter.

WELCOME: Hi all, we’re here at Maples Pavilion for the Pac-10 regular-season finale between the Bears and the Cardinal.

Stanford is honoring its seniors right now. We’ll be back with starting lineups.

Jeff Faraudo

  • SteveNTexas

    This game is not being shown in Texas- isn’t Texas considered the old west?

    Ok so I’ll watch “On the Beach” showing on Turner Cable- Gregory Peck is a Cal Grad- and just get the score on Yahoo.

    We are up 8-5

  • abe

    this game is better described as Cal v Fields. one person is single handedly killing us.

  • Rollonubears

    http://atdhe.net/index.html

    you can find it at the link above, I think. Fields
    is hands down, the pac10 player of the year. Randle is trying too hard, and hurting us as a
    result. Go bears.

  • BlueNGold

    Cal led for all but the first few minutes of the first half. We were down to ASU at the half last week. Abe and Rollon, you guys epitomize the nattering nabobs of negativism.

  • Will

    I hope Jorge’s status is the first thing addressed on the post-game thread.

  • SteveNTexas

    Blue I don’t think any of them are being negative- they are just observing.

    Cal winning this game on the road by about 10 is good enough. Stanford was up for the game and we won.

  • Stapes

    Good win. We better be a lock on ESPN bubble watch now. Jorge’s ankle is a concern, but even if he has to sit next week he should be ok for the NCAA tournament.

  • K1W

    Great win. Nice to have a challenging game leading into the post-season. Congratulations on the becoming the one-and-only Pac-10 champs; you’ve earned it. Go Bears… let’s keep it rolling!

  • Eric

    Randle may have had an off game, but his credentials for Pac-10 POY definitely exceed Fields. Fields was 10-21 shooting, and 0-4 from beyond the arc. You think the Furd wouldn’t mind getting back some Fields’ bricks? Randle had a poor shooting game, but took only 10 shots, and the defense was extremely quick to react to him, which frees up others. His second in the freakin country from the line, which is critical at the end in close games. Just because someone is the only legitimate scoring threat from a poor team that finished way back in a weak Pac-10 doesn’t make that person the POY.

    Good job winning 7 of 8 and nabbing that title we’ve been waiting a long time for. Go Bears!

  • Will

    Let’s take 3 in the PXT, then roll into Selection Sunday with a 7 game winning streak. We could still nab a 5 or 6 seed.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    I almost threw a plate through my TV when the refs stopped play for an injured Green. Remember how long and how many chances Stanfurd got last game when Jorge went down?

    Very big win. Patrick really did step up.

    I can’t see Randle as the POY. Too many really bad mistakes offset much of what he does so well (that TO with the game almost clinched was just rediculous). I love his heart. I love that he never quits, but he is far too often too out of control for a POY.

  • CalJeff

    How’s Jorge? Info please!!!!!

  • Jabes

    Damn. You’re right. Jorge got injured against the furd and they got 3 offensive rebounds while he rolled on the ground in pain. Good thing Patrick cleaned up the possession with “a dagger” three-pointer after the refs gave furd a gift injury timeout.

  • abe

    BlueNGold: i don’t know if you are blind but the first half can fairly accurately be described as a well rounded effort by Cal versus Fields, offensively, as Fields, one person is responsible for half of the points scored by his team. if it doesn’t offend your delicate self i was just pointing that out. ironically it was your comment that was nothing but a spit of negativity and nothing more. breath.

  • BlueNGold

    Abe: No I am not blind and I was not the one being negative. I made the terse comment that I did because yours and Rollon’s came half way through the game and Cal was up by 4 on the road. I attended the ASU game and saw Cal play much better in the 2nd half than they had in the first. So when I read your comments, I thought they came off as having already written off the team’s chances for a win. Unfortunately, Cal did not play as well against the ‘furd as they did against ASU (IMHO). But I thought the trees played very well given their lack of depth and it was a road game for us, so I have no complaints. And I certainly was not feeling so negative at half time that I felt like we were ‘being killed’, or that Randle ‘trying too hard was hurting us’.