Stanford beat California in a match last night by 73-68. In the exciting game, leading scorer Dorian Pickens scored 23 points, and Reid Travis had 19 with nine rebounds.
Stanford faced defeat in last game against Arizona. But the game displayed by them in last night plainly revealed signs of improvement. It was Stanford’s 21st meet against their cross-bay rivals. California and Stanford came face to face for the 24th time. Out of which Stanford wins the 21st time.
It was Stanford’s 2nd win over nine matches. Stanford forward, Reid Travis said at the halftime, “You could see the fire in everyone’s eye tonight. We won’t go out with another L this evening.”
It was Haase’s first win over the rivals. Stanford forward, Dorian Pickens at one point nailed 3-pointer in front of him. It made Haase so exciting that he ran out of court with Dorian.
Cardinals pulled away game in the second half. In the second half, Dorian scored 9 points including two 3-pointers, as a part of 20-5 run.
Both Pickens and Travis cashed in at the foul line. Pickens scored at 10 out of 11 and Travis 9 for 13. Stanford (13-13, 5-9 Pac-12) made 29 out of 40 free throws whereas California (18-8, 9-5) was just 3 out of 10.
With 4:54 minutes remaining on the clock, California closed within 62-56 after Grant Mullins 3-pointer. After this, Allen made two free throws and Pickens scored a jumper from the free-throw line.
Stanford got off to a streaky start. Cardinal missed their nine shots out of 10 and lacked by 12 points midway their first half. Later Cardinal made eight straight points and got a lead of 4 points at the end of first half (38-34).
Jabari Bird scored a career high with seven 3-pointers 23 points for Golden Bears (18-8, 9-5).
Haase said that getting to the free line throws was a huge advantage. He also commented that the attacking mentality of his team was worth observing.