FINAL SCORE: Cal 77, Stanford 71. The Bears improved to 24-8 and give their NCAA hopes a huge lift. Gutierrez finished with 22 points — 19 in the second half — to go with sevemn assists and six rebounds. In other words, he played like the Pac-12 Player of the Year. Kamp had 17 poins and seven rebounds, Crabbe 11 points and eight rebounds, Cobbs 15 points and Kravish 10 points. The Bears had just three second-half turnovers after coughing up 14 in the first half. Zimmerman scored a career-high 22 for Stanford and Randle had 19 the night after going for 30 vs. ASU. This is the first group of Stanford seniors since 1988 that will leave school without having played in the NCAA tournament. But the Bears are still alive.
0:15.7 2nd H: Stanford got within 73-69 before two FTs by Kravish pushed the lead to six points. Cobbs just made the first of two and it’s 76-69.
3:55 2nd H: An acrobatic drive by Crabbe and a fastbreak layup by Gutierrez have given the Bears a 66-62 lead.
11:21 2nd H: Cal leads 48-45 after a basket by Dwight Powell. Gutierrez has 11 points in the half, including 3-pointers immediately after Zimmerman and Bright hit 3s for Stanford. Gutierrez now has 14 for the game and seems to be playing loose. Kravish has three PFs but Montgomery has not subbed this half. Cal already is in the bonus as Stanford committed seven fouls in the first 6:13 of the half. Cal is working hard; Stanford not backing down.
15:52 2nd H: Cal leads 38-33 and is in the midst of a 9-0 run. The Bears are running, beating Stanford down court and drawing fouls. They already are 6 for 7 from the FT line in the half after going 0 for 4 in the first half. Stanford has five fouls — the Cardinal had five the entire first half. The reason: Cal is now the aggressor. Crabbe just hit a 3-pointer off the break, Gutierrez has six points in the half and the Bears are playing with confidence for the first time in a while.
HALFTIME SCORE: Stanford 30, Cal 23. A driving floater just before the buzzer by Aaron Bright pushes Stanford’s lead out to seven points, equaling the biggest of the night. Kamp has eight points on 4 for 4 from the field, but Crabbe and Gutierrez are each 1 for 5. Cal shooting 46 percent, Stanford 37 percent, but the Cardinal has outscored the Bears 8-0 at the FT line and the Bears have 14 turnovers.
3:00 1st H: Stanford leads 26-21, and there is only one reason — Cal has 14 turnovers! (Or so says ESPN.com). The Bears are shooting a higher percentage from the field and outrebounding Stanford, but continue to give the ball away. Kamp, Gutierrez and Crabbe each have three turnovers, Cobbs and Emerson Murray have two apiece.
7:41 1st H: Stanford lead is 21-15. Robert Thurman is in for Kravish, who has two PFs. Zimmerman, who has eight points, just picked up his second PF for Stanford. Crabbe has four rebounds, but is 0 for 2 and scoreless.
9:49 1st H: Stanford leads 16-13 after a shot in the lane by Jack Trotter. Gutierrez made a big 3-point shot to get Cal within 14-13. A good omen for the Bears? Monty is substituting liberally. Four of his five starters already have gotten breaks. Cobbs the only one to go all the way so far. Cal shooting OK and defending well, but has seven turnovers — most of them their own doing. Monty working hard in the timeout huddle. “We’re all right,” he tells his players.
15:28 1st H: Stanford leads 8-6 at the first break. Gutierrez has two early assists, but also has picked up his first foul, missed a pair of FTs and his only shot from the field. Kravish is coming out for Bak Bak, as Mike Montgomery tries to manufacture some rest for his players. Randle, who scored 30 points Wednesday night vs. ASU, hit his first 3-pointer. Andrew Zimmerman also made his first from beyond the arc — at that point he was 3 for 3 from deep against Cal, 1 for 7 the rest of the season. He since has missed three shots and been whistled for traveling.
NO ROSSI: Word from Cal is that redshirt freshman guard Alex Rossi did not make the trip to L.A. He returned home in Winnetka, Ill. this week. No word on why.
LINEUPS: Stanford will start Josh Owens, Andrew Zimmerman, Anthony Brown, Jarrett Mann and Chasson Randle. Cal will go with Harper Kamp, David Kravish, Allen Crabbe, Jorge Gutierrez and Justin Cobbs.
WELCOME: All set for tonight’s Pac-12 tournament quarterfinal between the Bears and Cardinal, a rematch of Stanford’s 75-70 win over Cal on Sunday. Starting lineups are on the way.