FINAL SCORE: Stanford 69, Cal 59. Cal delivered one of its most inspired efforts in weeks, but ultimately had no answer for Stanford’s clutch seniors.
Chasson Randle scored 25 points and Anthony Brown and Stefan Nastic combined for 33 more as the Cardinal maintained its hold on second place in the Pac-12 Conference with a 69-59 victory before an announced crowd of 8,819 at Haas Pavilion.
Brown had 18 points and nine rebounds and Nastic contributed 15 points and nine rebounds, and the three seniors scored 27 of the Cardinal’s final 32 points. Stanford (12-4, 4-1) won for the sixth time in seven games.
Tyrone Wallace had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Bears (11-7, 1-4), but shot just 6 for 22. Cal, which led 31-26 at halftime, lost for the sixth time in seven games after shooting 35.5 percent for the game.
10:29 2nd H: Stanford 47, Cal 43. Dwight Tarwater answered a 3-pointer by Brown with one of his own — the senior transfer making a difference with 8 points and 8 rebounds. But Randle came back with another 3-pointer — this one from about 23 feet. Randle has 19 points.
15:53 2nd H: Stanford 37, Cal 37. Stanford much more aggressive to start the second half — a reversal since the first half. Rebounds are 5-1 for Stanford so far. Brown shoot 2 FTs after the timeout.
HALFTIME: Cal 31, Stanford 26. Bird scored eight points and Wallace had six points, five rebounds and three assists before sitting down with two fouls. Cal shot 38.7 percent in the half, Stanford 41.7. Cal with a 22-14 rebounding edge.