Stanford dispatches Cal in Pac-10 opener
STANFORD – California didn’t have an answer for Stanford’s Jeremy Green and Dwight Powell on Sunday night.
Green scored 21 points, mostly from the outside, and Powell had 20 points to lead Stanford to an 82-68 victory over Cal in the Pac-10 opener for both schools.
Green, a junior guard, was the main force for the Cardinal (8-4) in the first half, scoring 14 points to help his team to a 38-34 lead. Then Stanford went inside to the 6-foot-9 Powell, who scored 13 of his points after the break.
“I’m really proud of our older players for stepping up,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. “Jeremy Green had a great game, and we had key contributions from our youngsters like Dwight Powell, Aaron Bright and Anthony Brown. They really executed well.”
Dawkins’ freshmen produced a big night. Brown scored 11 points and Bright had 10 points and four assists for Stanford, now 7-0 at home this season. Powell also had a team-high seven rebounds, and was 7 for 11 from the field and 6 for 7 from the free-throw line.
“We really had a hard time with the Powell matchup,” said Cal coach Mike Montgomery. “We tried to minimize Green, (but) I didn’t think we did a very good job in the first half. Three of those were threes in which we stood there and watched him shoot.
“We can’t give up 82 points and expect to win. To Stanford’s credit, they had some guys really play well. We couldn’t get stops. They shot 72 percent (in the second half), so they kind of had their way with us.”
Stanford made 57 percent of its shots in the game and went 13 for 18 in the second half. Cal (7-6) kept up much of the way, making 51 percent from the field.
“I thought Cal came in prepared. I think they shot the ball really well,” Dawkins said. “I felt like our kids came out and played hard and with a lot of heart.”
Harper Kamp led the Golden Bears with 16 points and Gary Franklin scored 15. Mark Sanders-Frison had 14 points and nine rebounds before fouling out with 1:58 remaining, and Jorge Gutierrez had 11 points and eight assists for Cal.
Stanford snapped Cal’s three-game winning streak in the Bay Area rivalry. The Bears won both games last season on the way to the Pac-10 regular-season title.
Cal’s only leads on Sunday came after Kamp made two free throws for the first points of the game, and when Kamp’s jumper made it 12-11. But Green made one of his four 3-pointers to make it 14-12 and the Cardinal never trailed again, falling only once into a tie at 22-all.
It was never more than a four-point margin the rest of the first half, but the Cardinal stretched their lead to 48-39 on a pair of free throws by Green and Brown’s 3-pointer with 11:15 left made it 54-43.
Powell’s jumper gave Stanford its biggest lead of the night at 69-52.
Franklin was the Bears’ best weapon in the second half, scoring 11 of his 15 points by making three 3-pointers.
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