The Stanford Cardinal entered Sunday evening's affair looking to open up Pacific-10 Conference with a win, a win that would be especially sweet against their rivals, the California Golden Bears. After a hard-fought, but well played first half, Stanford turned up a notch (and then some) and ran away from the boys from Berkeley, notching their first conference win by a final score of 82-68. Stanford moves to 8-4 on the year, while Cal falls to 7-6.
Harper Kamp split a pair of free throws to complete an 11-3 run and cut Stanford's lead to nine with 3:07 to go, but the Cardinal went 8-10 from the free throw line down the stretch to hold off Cal in the end. The final minutes were punctuated by a Josh Owens two-hand jam off an Aaron Bright feed breaking the press to seal the victory for Stanford.
Stanford was led by Jeremy Green and his 21 points on 6-9 shooting, including 4-5 from beyond the arc. Dwight Powell was next in line, tallying 20 points and seven rebounds in 28 minutes of play off the bench for the victorious Cardinal. Harper Kamp scored 16 to lead the golden Bears, followed by 15 off the pine from Gary Franklin.
The second half of play saw the Cardinal triple their lead from three to nine, utilizing a 6-0 run over a 2:38 span to give the home team some breathing room after a back-and-forth first half of play. Cal quickly cut the lead back to five after a jumper by Mark Sanders-Frison, but the Cardinal would not miss, pushing the lead up to 16 after a three-pointer by Bright, an advantage they would not let get under nine the rest of the way.
Stanford shot 57% for the game, including a sizzling 72% (13-18) in the second stanza. The Cardinal made 53% of their attempts from the three-point line and an above average 73% at the charity stripe. Cal wasn't too shabby itself, making 51% of their field goals, but made just 37% from beyond the arc and 58% at the free throw line. Cal outrebounded Stanford 29-25, dished out 15 assists to the Cardinal's 12, but also committed 16 turnovers (Stanford turned those in 18 points), while the home team only had 12 miscues (Cal converted those into just nine points for the evening).
Both squads were evenly matched through the first 20 minutes of play, although Stanford held the lead for the vast majority of play, going up by as much as six after a three-pointer by Green with 10:29 to go in the first half. Cal then ran off the next six points to knot the score up at 22 and stayed within four the rest of the way, going into the locker room down 38-34.
Head coach Johnny Dawkins and the Cardinal head to the desert to take on the Arizona schools. They will first meet Herb Sendek and the Arizona State Sun Devils (8-5) in Tempe at 5:30pm on Thursday.
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