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FINAL SCORE: Stanford 80, Cal 69. The Bears fall out of a second-place tie, dropping to 15-8, 6-4 in the Pac-12. Stanford improves to 15-7, 6-4. Cobbs had 24 points and Wallace a career-high 21 for Cal. Powell had 22 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Cal missed nine free throws and shot 41 percent from the field.
1:54 2nd H: Cal has lots of things to point at in this one. Among them, 9 for 18 from the FT line.
2:04 2nd H: A drive by Wallace and Cal pulls to 71-59. But time is running out. Neither team has painted an offensive masterpiece: Stanford at 41.7 percent, Cal at 39 percent.
3:52 2nd H: This one may be over. Anthony Brown just scored on a drive through an open lane, was fouled and will shoot the and-1 with Stanford leading 68-52. Cal has scored five points in its past 15 possessions, shooting 1 for 13 from the floor over that stretch.
5:57 2nd H: Cal has scored four points in its past 11 possessions and Stanford leads 64-51.
9:42 2nd H: Stanford has stretched its lead back out to 10 points at 57-47. Cal simply isn’t playing well on offense. The Bears are shooting 38.8 percent and have 11 turnovers. Powell has 17 points for the Cardinal and Randle has 14. Cobbs stuck on 16 (scoreless in the 2nd H). Kravish has 12, Wallace has 10. Solomon, Kravish and Wallace each with 3 PFs.
13:21 2nd H: Stanford lead is 52-45 after drive by Randle. Cal with TOs on its past two possessions after getting the chance to cut the lead to 3 points.
15:55 2nd H: Margin remains six points — Stanford 46-40. Cal failed to score on its first five possessions of the half, but Wallace has converted a pair of fastbreak layup. Solomon went to the bench at 16:57 with his third PF. Kameron Rooks in the game.
HALFTIME SCORE: Stanford 42, Cal 36. The Bears outscore Stanford 16-4 over the final 5:15 of the half to erase most of an 18-point hole. Cobbs with a 3-pointer off a feed from Kreklow as the buzzer sounds. Cobbs, in fact, has 12 of the Bears’ past 16 points. He seems to have a recent penchant for scoring in bunches of 12 (see stretch run vs. Arizona). Cobbs with 16 points, Kravish with 10. Powell has 12 for Stanford. Cal had nine offensive rebounds in the half, five of them in the final 5 minutes. Shooting just about even: Cal 42.4 percent, Stanford 44.8.
3:42 1st H: Stanford’s lead reached 38-20 after a 3-pointer by Randle with 6:30 left. Cal has scored the past four points — all by Cobbs — and it’s 38-24. Cal with six TOs, Stanford just two. Stanford 6 for 10 from the 3-point line, Cal 1 for 1.
8:05 1st H: Powell has 11 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds and Stanford has built a 33-18 lead. Solomon on the bench with two fouls. Cal has five turnovers — one each by five different players.
10:47 1st H: The Cardinal leads 22-14; earlier had a 10-point lead. Stanford is 4 for 6 from the 3-point arc, with four different players connecting. Cal has four different players with turnovers. A little careless early. Ricky Kreklow about to make his first appearance since Dec. 14 vs. Fresno State. The Bears need to do something differently.
15:57 1st H: Stanford leads 10-6 at the first timeout. The Cardinal has gotten 3-pointers from Dwight Powell and Chasson Randle. David Kravish is 3 for 3 from the field and has scored all six points for the Bears. Cal with two TOs, Stanford zero.
STARTING LINEUPS: No surprises on either side. Stanford will start Chasson Randle, Anthony Brown, Dwight Powell, Josh Huestis and Stefan Nastic. Cal will go with Justin Cobbs, Jordan Mathews, Tyrone Wallace, David Kravish and Richard Solomon.
WELCOME: Here at Haas Pavilion for tonight’s Cal-Stanford game. The Bears (15-7, 6-3) are tied for second place after their 60-58 win over then-top-ranked and unbeaten Arizona. Stanford (14-7, 5-4) is part of a five-way tie for fourth place, one game back of Cal and UCLA.