STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Ayinde Ubaka remembers the days not so
long ago when California traveled to Stanford hoping just to keep
the game close.
The Golden Bears usually found a way to lose against their
more-talented rival. Now, Cal can look at visits to Maples Pavilion
differently -- having finally ended a 13-game losing streak in one
of the Pac-10's most imposing arenas.
Ubaka scored seven of his season-high 26 points in the final
3:32 and the Bears won on Stanford's home for the first time in
nearly 14 years, beating the Cardinal 67-63 on Wednesday night.
"They hate losing," Ubaka said. "We had to come here and get
the win. It feels great. They're the rivals. I've been through it.
Everybody counted us out. We're the only ones who believed we could
win this game."
Stanford's Lawrence Hill missed a contested 3-pointer with 9
seconds left to tie and Ubaka hit one free throw with 6 seconds to
go that sealed it. After the final buzzer, Ubaka threw his right
hand in the air and pointed up to the Cal student section in the
upper corner of the gym.
Freshman Ryan Anderson added 12 points -- bouncing in a 3-pointer
with 11:02 left -- and six rebounds in the Golden Bears' first win
at Stanford since an 86-61 victory on Feb. 14, 1993. It didn't sit
well with most of the sellout crowd of 7,332 at raucous Maples
Robin Lopez had 16 points, nine rebounds and four blocks for
Stanford (8-4, 1-2 Pac-10) and Fred Washington added 11 points,
eight boards and seven assists, including several key baskets
during Stanford's run in the second half.
"My teammates did a good job getting me the ball," Lopez said.
"I was 6-for-11 at the free-throw line. That's the game right
Anthony Goods hit a 3-pointer with 9:43 left to make it a
five-point game, then had another basket at 8:21 to get Stanford
within 51-48. The Cardinal briefly cut it to two but Ubaka scored
and Patrick Christopher came up with a pretty reverse layin to make
it 58-52 with 5:06 to go before Goods hit another 3.
Cal (10-5, 2-1) pushed the tempo for much of the game and
repeatedly beat Stanford's big men down the floor, then the
Cardinal often settled for hurried perimeter shots rather than
moving the ball around to get into their offense.
"It's amazing how you look when the ball isn't going down,"
Stanford coach Trent Johnson said. "We make a couple more shots, a
couple more free throws and we don't feel like this."
The Bears, who concluded a stretch with four straight road games
spanning more than three weeks, made eight 3-pointers with three by
Ubaka and two by Eric Vierneisel and committed a season-low 10
turnovers. Cal gets to play at home in its next game, Jan. 11
against Washington State.
Vierneisel's 3 with 17:30 remaining gave Cal a 41-27 lead, then
Stanford answered with a 12-2 run that pulled the Cardinal to 43-39
on Washington's putback at 13:26 following two missed free throws
by Brook Lopez.
Stanford, which is 5-3 at home, hadn't played in Maples since
Dec. 16 and this was only the second home game for the Cardinal
since Nov. 28. They shot only 34 percent, going 3-for-16 from
"Sometimes it seemed we either rushed shots or they just don't
go in for us," Washington said. "We were getting good shots,
running good plays, we were getting open. I think everyone pretty
much missed easy layups."
Vierneisel started for Cal in place of guard Omar Wilkes, who
bruised his tailbone Saturday at Arizona State and was held out of
contact drills during Tuesday's practice. Wilkes wound up playing
25 minutes and scoring five points for the short-handed Bears, down
to nine scholarship players including four freshmen because of
Ubaka hit Christopher for an alleyoop 4:40 before halftime,
giving the Bears a 24-15 lead they built into a 34-25 cushion at
the break. Stanford shot just 26 percent in the opening 20 minutes.
Ubaka scored his team's first five points and the key shots
"That's back-to-back games he's really played with some guts
for us down the stretch," coach Ben Braun said. "He wants the
ball in his hands."
The Bears, who took two early charges on defense, began the game
3-for-19 (15.8 percent) -- missing eight of their first nine 3s --
but then held Stanford scoreless for nearly five minutes and tied
it at 10 on Jerome Randle's jumper at 10:36. Anderson's three-point
play the next time down followed capped a 13-2 run.
New Stanford football coach Jim Harbaugh attended the game with
Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh, who is fighting leukemia.