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Cardinal clobber Cal

Stanford opens Pac-12 tournament in style

California v Stanford Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Stanford led by as many as 27 en route to a 76-58 drubbing of Cal.

This game was never in a whole lot of doubt; at the half Stanford held a 39-28 lead. Haase’s team went down low to Reid Travis early and often. The big man had his way, picking up buckets and drawing fouls on Marcus Lee and Kingsley Okoroh.

Cal managed just nine first half points outside of Darius McNeill, who had all 19 of his points by the break. Stanford took away all of Cal’s ability to attack the paint.

The second half was punctuated by alley oops to Josh Sharma- including a highlight reverse jam - as well as a breakaway tomahawk by Daejon Davis. Every Stanford player got minutes, including walkons Rodney Herenton and Blake Pagon.

The Cardinal were led by the physical 19 points and 13 rebounds of Reid Travis. Dorian Pickens had 16, and Josh Sharma and Oscar da Silva added 12 and 9 off the bench, respectively.

Cal had little happening on offense; they were held to just 28% shooting thanks to a strong defensive performance by Stanford. Harris-Dyson had 11, but foul trouble prevented him from maintaining any sort of rhythm.

The win sends Stanford to the quarterfinals to face UCLA. The Cardinal and Bruins split their season series. UCLA likely needs a victory to keep their bubble from bursting, and Stanford hopes to continue its bid for a Pac-12 tournament title. They tip off on Thursday around 2:40 PST.