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FINAL SCORE: Stanford 83, Cal 70. The Bears (20-10, 12-6) likely miss their chance to secure a Pac-12 co-title after an ugly thumping at the hands of the visiting Cardinal (18-13, 9-9) in the regular-season finale. Too much has to happen — two Oregon defeats and another UCLA loss — for the Bears to steal a piece of the crown. Afterward, Montgomery called his team’s defense “passive” after it had played so well during the seven-game win streak. Stanford shot 49 percent, including 9 for 17 from the 3-point arc. Crabbe and Cobbs each scored 24 points, but Cobbs turned the ball over eight times.
Cal already has clinched no worse than the No. 3 seed in next week’s Pac-12 tournament. Even if Arizona beat Arizona State on Saturday, creating a tie for third, the Bears win the tiebreaker.
If UCLA loses Saturday morning at Washington, Cal would pull into a two- or three-way tie for second, and would gain the No. 2 seed.
5:04 2nd H: A mini-melee that started with Crabbe wrestling Aaron Bright for the ball ended with six technical fouls — three on players from each team — and five ejections for leaving the bench, including on three assistant coaches.
9:24 2nd H: Crabbe hits a 3-pointer to wake up the Cal crowd, but Stanford still leads 58-44. A long climb for the Bears.
16:07 2nd H: Stanford has outscored Cal 13-4 to open the second half and leads 47-35. Solomon picked up two more PFs and sat with No. 4 at 16:30. Monty sent Kreklow in for him — apparently convinced Thurman cannot defend either of Stanford’s two big men (who like to stray to the perimeter). An intentional foul call vs. Brandon Smith gave John Gage two FTs and prompted chants of “Ref you . . .” Well, you get the idea.
HALFTIME: Stanford 34, Cal 31. Kravish scores off a pass from Crabbe with 3 seconds left. Bears trailing despite combined 19 points on 8 for 12 shooting by Crabbe and Cobbs. Defense not up to recent level. The difference: Stanford is 5 for 11 from 3-point, Cal 1 for 4.
0:48.9 1st H: Cal got within two on layup by Solomon but Chasson Randle answered immediately with a 3-pointer. Stanford is 5 for 10 from beyond the arc. Stanford 34-29.
3:14 1st H: Stanford leads 31-27. Officials made scoring change, giving Stanford’s Aaron Bright a 3-pointer on long jumper. Cardinal is having its way with Cal defense that has smothered opponents for more than a month. Stanford was shooting 69 percent a few minutes ago — has cooled to 55 percent.
7:50 1st H: Stanford leads 26-20 — biggest margin by either team. Cardinal has made its past four shots — all perimeter jumpers. Cal turnovers on past two possessions.
NEWS FLASH: WSU 73, UCLA 61. A final. Bruins drop to 12-5.
11:58 1st H: Stanford leads 17-14. Crabbe going to FT line for 2. Cobbs has eight points for Bears, who are shooting 53.8 percent but allowing Stanford 55.6. Brandon Smith sitting with 2 PFs.
13:14 1st H: Stanford leads 15-14. Ricky Kreklow makes first appearance since Jan. 3 at UCLA.
LINEUPS: Stanford will start Dwight Powell, Josh Huestis, Andy Brown, Chasson Randle and Aaron Bright. Cal goes with David Kravish, Richard Solomon, Allen Crabbe, Tyrone Wallace and Justin Cobbs.
WELCOME: Back at Haas Pavilion for the final home game of the season. The Bears (20-9, 12-5), winners of seven straight and nine of 10, take on Stanford (17-13, 8-9). Cal awaiting a final score from Pullman, Wash., where Washington State jumped out to a 17-2 lead on UCLA and is up 35-24 at halftime. A UCLA loss helps open door to Cal possibly securing a share of Pac-12 title.
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