By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Thursday, January 14, 2016
photo credit: gostanford.com Allen’s are all in as Stanford’s Rosco Allen (25) congratulates Marcus Allen (15) in home floor victory Wednesday night
PALO ALTO–Stanford needed a boost to maintain it’s six-point halftime lead, and it came from veteran Rosco Allen in the Cardinal’s 77-71 Pac-12 men’s basketball triumph over California at Maples Pavilion.
Allen finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds and one assist, as the Cardinal held a decisive 38-28 rebounding edge.
Meanwhile, Marcus Allen did considerable damage at the free throw line, hitting 12 of 16 from the stripe as he finished with 16 points. It was needed, as Cal drained 12 3-pointers while keeping pace with Stanford throughout the second half.
Allen, in fact, scored 10 of his 16 points in the final 5 ½ minutes – all of them at the line.
Free-throw shooting and rebounding turned out to be keys to the Cardinal win, as Stanford hit 30 of 38 at the line. Dorian Pickens and Marcus Sheffield finished with 14 and 11 points, respectively for the victorious Cardinal.
This was a remarkable performance at the charity stripe for Stanford, which came into the game shooting only 67 percent on its free throws this season.
The win didn’t come without a bit of last-second anxiety. Cal surged ahead early in the second half, Later, Stanford was nursing a three-point lead with 28 seconds remaining. But the Cardinal defense prevented Cal from inbounding the ball, and Michael Humphrey blocked an attempted layup by the Bears’ Tyrone Wallace to help secure the win.
Stanford improved to 10-6 overall and 3-2 in the Pac-12 South. The Cardinal return to action on Jan. 21 when they host Arizona.