Stanford Cardinal Sunday game wrap: Late free throws by Austin lifts Golden Bears past Cardinal 52-50

apnews.com photo: Stanford guard Daejon Davis brings the ball up during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against California in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Sunday, January 26, 2020

Paris Austin sank two free throws with 3.2 seconds to play, giving California a 52-50 Pac-12 men’s basketball victory over Stanford at Haas Pavilion.

Austin led the Golden Bears with 15 points, followed by Matt Bradley with 14, and Kareem South with 13. Cal (9-10 overall, 3-3 Pac-12)

For Stanford, it was the Cardinal’s second straight loss as they dropped from first place in the conference. Oscar da Silva led the Cardinal (15-4, 4-2) with 13 points and seven rebounds.

The Bears trailed by 11 with 12 minutes remaining in the second half before going on a 6 1/2-minute, 17-2 run. During that run, Austin had six points. Before his game-winning free throws, Austin had made one of two at the line and a 3-pointer.

Stanford nearly regained the lead on its final possession. Bryce Wills nearly scored at the buzzer, but his basket was waived off by the officials. A brief review convinced officials to uphold the original call, and Cal had its third straight home win.

It’s the fifth consecutive season that Cal and Stanford split their two games. The Cardinal lost despite holding a 30-18 advantage in scoring in the paint and a slight 33-32 rebounding edge.

This Thursday, Stanford hosts Oregon State at Maples Pavilion, while Cal hosts No. 12 Oregon at Haas Pavilion.

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