California 67

(10-5, 2-1 Pac-12)

Stanford 63

(8-4, 1-2 Pac-12)

    10:00 PM ET, January 3, 2007

    Maples Pavilion, Stanford, California

    1 2 T
    CAL 34 3367
    STAN 25 3863

    Top Performers

    California: A. Ubaka 26 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Stanford: F. Washington 11 Pts, 8 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Blk

    California 67, Stanford 63

    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 Pavilion.

    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 there."

    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 3-point range.

    "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 injuries.

    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 late.

    "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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 67 63
    FG Made-Attempted 24-60 (.400) 21-61 (.344)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-23 (.348) 3-16 (.188)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-13 (.846) 18-29 (.621)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 14 6

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