FINAL SCORE: Cal 69, Stanford 59. Bears improve to 17-5 and move into tie for first place with Washington at 7-2 at halfway point of league schedule. Stanford is 15-7, 5-4 and tied for fifth.
0:36.6 2nd H: Brandon Smith just made two FTs and Cal leads 69-59. Crabbe has 18 points, Kamp 15, Gutierrez 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Cobbs 13 points.
2:49 2nd H: Cal leads 60-51. Gutierres went out with his fourth foul, but he is back.
5:23 2nd H: Cal leads 56-46 after an 8-1 run fueled by hustle and defense. Crabbe has the last two baskets, a floater in the lane and a putback.
6:54 2nd H: Cal leads 48-45 and Thurman is shooting 1 and 1. Powell sitting with four fouls for Stanford. Kravish with four for Cal.
10:14 2nd H: This one is a grinder. Cal leads 44-41 ater a fastbreak layup by Gutierrez. But we’ve already had six lead changes and two tie scores in the second half. Neither team seems capable of running away with this.
14:15 2nd H: A slow start to the half so far. Stanford leads 38-37. The Cardinal has scored five points on 11 possessions, Cal five points on 10 possessions. Stanford beginning to experience some foul issues: Randle (scoreless), Powell (11 points) and Bright (scoreless) have three fouls.
IN THE HOUSE: Courtside are Kevin “The Mayor” Johnson and Sean Lampley.
HALFTIME SCORE: Stanford 33, Cal 32. Lead changed hands five times in the final 1:08 of the half. Crabbe has 12 points for Cal, which is shooting 40 percent. Powell and Stefan Nastic each with nine for Stanford, which is shooting 44 percent. Rebounds and turnovers just about even. Neither team doing much from beyond the arc. Four players on each team with two fouls; no one with three.
0:49.6 1st H: Cobbs just hit a jumper, giving Cal a 30-29 lead. Stanford ran off nine in a row and tied the score at 27-all. Bears struggling to run their halfcourt offense. Were explosive in transition. But outscored 9-3 since Gutierrez came out with 4:40 left.
3:42 1st H: Kravish just picked up his 2nd PF, coming out for Thurman.
3:59 1st H: Cal leads 27-21. The margin was nine points twice earlier. Behrens made an immediate impact. He went end-to-end for an athletic layup and just drew a charge. Cal cranked up its transition game and got breakaways by Cobbs and Crabbe. Stanford has not made a field goal since 9:43, scoring its past eight points from the FT line. Downside for Cal: Gutierrez also with two PFs. So he, Kamp and Thurman continue to sit.
7:33 1st H: Kamp’s jumper pushed Cal to 18-15 lead. But Kamp just picked up second PF and will be going out for Christian Behrens, who has played just nine minutes in two games this season. Interesting move, but with Richard Solomon ineligible, and Kamp and Thurman both sitting with two PFs, Monty trying something different.
11:23 1st H: Cal took a 14-11 lead on a 3-pointer by Gutierrez. Bears started 1 for 9 from the field but have made 3 of 5 since. Robert Thurman came in at 14:17 but already has two fouls and is coming out.
THIS SCORE JUST IN: Oregon State beat Oregon 76-71 in Eugene, knocking the Ducks out of a potential share for first place.
15:42 1st H: Dwight Powell has five points, including a 3-pointer, and Stanford leads 7-4 at the first break. Cal missed its first seven shots from the field, finally getting a field goal when Gutierrez put back his own miss with 16:22 left.
LINEUPS: Stanford (15-5, 5-3) will start Chasson Randle, Jarrett Mann, Josh Owens and Josh Huestis and Dwight Powell. Not in the starting five for the first time all season: soph PG Aaron Bright. Forward Huestis is making his first start. Cal (16-5, 6-2) will go with Justin Cobbs, Allen Crabbe, Jorge Gutierrez, David Kravish and Harper Kamp.
THE CROWD: A good atmosphere already. Place is nearly full. Both bands playing. This should be fun.
WELCOME: Cal and Stanford set to duel for the 258th time . . . and Arik Armstead isn’t walking through that door. Will be back with lineups.