Stanford 62

(12-8, 8-4 Pac-12)

California 65

(15-6, 9-3 Pac-12)

    10:30 PM ET, February 9, 2006

    Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, California

    1 2 T
    STAN 25 3762
    CAL 27 3865

    Top Performers

    Stanford: M. Haryasz 18 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Blk

    California: L. Powe 32 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    California 65, Stanford 62

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- There was plenty on the line for California against Stanford: second place in the Pac-10 and positioning for an NCAA tournament bid.

    But after losing six straight and 16 of 18 to their Bay Area rivals, the Golden Bears weren't concerned with all of that.

    "I think we really had something personal with Stanford," Cal guard Ayinde Ubaka said. "They are our rivals and they had our number and beat us three years straight."

    The Bears ended that slump behind a career-high 32 points from Leon Powe and clutch play down the stretch from Ubaka, beating Stanford 65-62 Thursday night.

    Cal (15-6, 9-3 Pac-10) played with poise at the end, making all six free throws in the final minute and stopping Stanford's last-ditch effort. The Bears committed a season-low four turnovers.

    "I wanted this win more than anything," said Powe, whose deflection in the final seconds ended the Cardinal's comeback hopes.

    After Ubaka's two foul shots made it 65-62 with 13.5 seconds left, Stanford (12-8, 8-4) tried to tie it with a 3-pointer. Cal coach Ben Braun chose not to order his team to foul and Powe knocked the ball away from Chris Hernandez with 4 seconds left and into the hands of Eric Vierneisel, who ran out the clock to give the Bears their fifth straight win.

    "If Stanford was going to beat us or tie us, Chris Hernandez wasn't going to do it," Braun said. "That's respect for Chris. Our players felt we couldn't give him a look. He wasn't going to beat us. He's beaten too many people over the years, including us."

    Hernandez hit a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute at Oregon last week and three free throws in the final second to force overtime in a win last month against Washington.

    "I was trying to get a 3 up, got doubled or tripled and I saw Matt open at the 3," Hernandez said. "I was trying to get it to him and I couldn't make the play."

    Cal students, part of the first sellout at Haas Pavilion since undefeated Stanford visited two years ago, rushed the floor after the Bears' first win in the rivalry since 2003.

    Cal took sole possession of second place in the conference, a game behind UCLA, and Stanford dropped into a third. Both teams are also fighting for at-large berths in the NCAA tournament.

    Powe scored six straight points down the stretch for California, including two free throws with 32.5 seconds left to make it 61-57. After Hernandez and Ubaka each made two free throws, Matt Haryasz -- playing with goggles after being poked in the eye last weekend at Oregon State -- responded with a 3-pointer to cut it to 1 with 14.4 seconds left.

    But Ubaka, who finished with 18 points, added two more free throws for the final margin. Powe and Ubaka combined for Cal's last 20 points over the final 13:15 of the game.

    "I had to carry some of the load because Leon had been carrying us for a while and was getting tired," Ubaka said. "I stepped my game up."

    Haryasz, who did not start because of the injury, led Stanford with 18 points and Hernandez added 13. The Cardinal had won five straight and now must go on the road against No. 5 Gonzaga on Saturday.

    "There were a couple of times I thought my shot was off and it went in for me," Haryasz said. "The basket wasn't exactly where I thought it was but I got some lucky bounces."

    Cal opened the second half with a 13-4 run to make it 40-29. Hernandez hit a 3-pointer to end the spurt and start one for Stanford. Haryasz scored six straight points for the Cardinal during a 14-6 run that cut the lead to 46-43.

    Cal went more than seven minutes without a field goal, but kept the lead by getting to the foul line. Powe went 5-for-6 from the line during the stretch and Ubaka made two free throws after being fouled by Mitch Johnson on a 3-point attempt. Ubaka's pull-up jumper ended the drought and made it 54-46 with about 6 minutes to go.

    Cal finished 23-for-28 from the line after making just 11 of 24 in last month's 75-61 loss at Stanford.

    Powe dominated inside, scoring 15 points in the first half alone, including three emphatic dunks to help the Bears take a 27-25 lead at the break.

    "He's a handful, has been all year," Stanford coach Trent Johnson said. "His numbers are what they are and he had an exceptional night."

    Cal played without starting guard Omar Wilkes, who sprained his ankle in practice Tuesday and was replaced in the lineup by Theo Robertson. Robertson hit two early 3-pointers and finished with eight points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 62 65
    FG Made-Attempted 18-43 (.419) 19-49 (.388)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-10 (.300) 4-11 (.364)
    FT Made-Attempted 23-27 (.852) 23-28 (.821)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 11

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