Cardinal lose da Silva after collision, also lose to Buffaloes 81-74

gostanford.com photo: The Stanford Cardinal Spencer Jones (14) takes a shot against the Colorado Buffaloes D’Shawn Schwartz (5) in Boulder Colorado Saturday night in Pac 12 action

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, February 8, 2020

It was a tough afternoon in Boulder, Colo., for Stanford in more ways than one.

In the second half of the Cardinal’s (16-7) Pac-12 men’s basketball game against Colorado, Oscar da Silva – Stanford’s leading scorer – banged his head on the floor after a collision with the No. 24-ranked Buffaloes’ (19-5) 262-pound center Evan Battey.

After da Silva was helped to his feet, Battey comforted his Stanford teammates, and vice versa. Then, in a joint show of sportsmanship, Colorado coach Tad Boyle asked both teams to join in prayer, and Cardinal coach Jerod Haase asked both teams to ‘keep playing hard.”

Following the scare, da Silva needed several stitches to close a cut above his left eye. He left under his own power, but missed the rest of the game, won by Colorado 81-74. The Buffaloes came back from a 16-point deficit; it was the third-best second-half comeback in Colorado history.

A runner by Battey gave the Buffaloes a 51-49 lead, and his fourth 3-pointer of the season put CU up 56-54. Colorado (19-5 overall, 8-3 Pac-12) went ahead to stay at 58-56 when Tyler Bey sank two free throws with 7:44 left in the second half.

McKinley Wright IV led the Buffs with 21 points, followed by D’Shawn Schwartz with 20 and Bey with 11. Bey snared nine of his 12 rebounds in the second half when Colorado shot 70 percent from the floor – 100 percent behind the arc – and 85 percent from the free throw line.

In the first half, Colorado shot 23 percent from the field, 23 percent on 3’s and 54 percent at the line.

The Buffaloes are off to their best start in program history, topping 18-6 starts in 1954-55 and 1968-69.

The Cardinal (16-7, 5-5) were led by Tyrell Terry with 18 points, Spencer Jones with 14 and Isaac White with 12. Stanford converted a rare five-point play in the closing minutes of the first half when, after Terry was fouled on a 3-point attempt, Boyle was given a technical after Colorado’s Eli Parquet was called for the foul. Terry made all five free throws, and the Cardinal took an 11-point lead into halftime.

Besides da Silva, Stanford was also missing guard Bryce Willis, who sprained his right ankle in the Cardinal’s loss to Utah.

The Cardinal return home this Thursday to host Arizona State.

Road Remains Rough: Cal suffers narrow loss at Colorado, falls to 0-9 away from home

By Morris Phillips

No. 24 Colorado didn’t like the way they played, but they were satisfied with how they finished in a 71-65 win at home on Thursday night.

Cal coach Mark Fox said he and his coaching staff would examine how they do things approaching road contests after dropping the first eight this season, but that didn’t change things at the CU Events Center. The Bears were tied at the half, and trailed by just two with 5:16 remaining, but fell victim to the Buffs late run.

“They sped the game up,” said Paris Austin, who had 15 points for the Bears.

“We found a way,” coach Tad Boyle said of his CU squad’s fifth consecutive win over Cal. “The sign of a somber locker room after a league win tells you that we have pretty high expectations of ourselves.”

For Cal, battling a ranked Pac-12 team in their environment in a game that was decided in the final minutes represented a sign of improvement. Of their nine road and neutral site losses, only a 64-60 defeat to Boston College at the Chase Center had been by single digits prior to this one. The Bears, coming off winning four of five at home, continue to improve, even if it doesn’t always show in the win column.

Matt Bradley led the Bears with 17 points, Andre Kelly had 12 on six of seven shooting. The Bears shot 63 percent from the floor in the first half–a season best–but couldn’t get keep the Buffs under wraps at the defensive end. In the final five minutes, Colorado was efficient and quick, scoring 19 of their 71-point total down the stretch.

Not familiar with the ascension of the Buffaloes? You’re not alone. Quietly, Boyle has fashioned a consistent contender in the Pac-12, and Thursday’s win matches the best 23-game start to a season in their program’s history, matching that of the 1968-69 Colorado team that won the Big 8. Sophomore Cliff Meely was Colorado’s star player that season, a power forward who would be named an All-American as a senior and a first round pick of the Rockets during the summer they moved from San Diego to Houston.

The Bears (10-12, 4-5) travel to Salt Lake City to face Utah on Saturday at 3pm.

Utes outlast Cardinal in overtime 64-56

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By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Utah used a 14-6 overtime run to knock off Stanford 64-56 Thursday in Pac-12 men’s basketball at Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City.

Freshman guard Jaxon Brenchley hit a 3-pointer from the left baseline that gave the Utes a 57-53 lead with 2:08 to play in overtime. After a defensive stop, Brenchley penetrated the lane and dished off to Branden Carlson for a dunk, increasing Utah’s lead to six at the 1:10 mark of OT.

Stanford was 2 of 10 shooting in the extra period.

The Cardinal had the last possession of regulation. After a clock malfunction forced a five-minute monitor review, Stanford inbounded from mid-court. Tyrell Terry’s 25-foot jumper missed at the horn.

Stanford (16-6 overall, 5-4 Pac-12) had its last lead at 50-49 on a Terry jumper with 49 seconds remaining in the second half. Utah’s Timmy Allen hit one of two free throws with 3.9 seconds left to tie the game at 50-50.

Allen and Carlson led the Utes (13-9 overall, 3-6 Pac-12) with 15 points apiece, with Riley Battin adding 11, and Rylan Jones finished with six assists.

Battin led Utah rebounders with 11 boards, with Carlson next with 10 rebounds and eight blocks, as the Utes outrebounded Stanford 39-37.

Terry was the Cardinal’s top scorer with 14 points, followed by Daejon Davis with 12. Oscar da Silva added eight points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Bryce Willis finished with nine points.

The Cardinal shot 35.4 percent from the field (23 of 65, 6 of 22 3-point), while Utah shot 36.8 percent (21 of 57, 6 of 19 3-point).

Utah led 28-22 at halftime.

The Cardinal’s road trip continues Saturday afternoon in Boulder, Colo., when they visit No. 24 Colorado.

Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca: Improved Golden Bears get another test in Colorado on Thursday night

calbears.com photo: Cal prepares for their game against the Buffaloes in Colorado on Thursday night

Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 Cal (10-9) played a close game against the Oregon Ducks (18-4) on Thursday losing by five points 77-72 Cal gave it their all and could have very well won this game

#2 Cal was coming off a huge win against the Stanford Cardinal (16-4) and then played a very close game against a nationally ranked team like Oregon speaks to the improvement of the team in just a short time after taking a ten point loss in UCLA

#3 Cal also hosted a much improved Oregon State Beavers (13-9) team and beat the Beavers by two points 69-67 in a game where it’s a two point difference it reflects that it’s a all team effort as oppose to relying on one guy

#4 The Cal numbers are improved on offense the Bears had four players finish in double figures against OSU including leading scorer Matt Bradley with 25 points.

#5 The Bears head to Colorado (17-5) to face the Buffaloes on Thursday night the Buffaloes are a tough customer can Cal head coach Mark Fox and the Bears keep it going in this style of basketball

Michael Duca does the Cal Bears basketball podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Stanford Cardinal basketball podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Cardinal coming off big win against Oregon faces Colorado Thursday

gostanford.com photo: Oregon at Stanford photo from Sat Feb 1st at Maple Pavilion in Palo Alto

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Jerry F:

#1 After coming off loses to Cal (10-9) and Oregon State (13-9)  the Cardinal felt the pressure to win and avoid a third straight loss and beat the Oregon Ducks (18-5)

#2 The Cardinal Oscar da Silva led the way for Stanford and scored 27 points one of two players in the Cardinal line up who scored in double figures

#3 Tyrell Terry who scored 12 came in second in scoring although the ball was going to de Silva much of the night the Cardinal did rely on Terry on offense

#4 Oregon always tough in the second half of games got crushed in the second half against Stanford that made all the difference 42-24.

#5 The Cardinal are in Utah (12-9) on Thursday night the Cardinal have lost two of their last three games including a brutal loss to the Cal Bears, Jerry talks about the match up in Utah.

Jerry does the Stanford Cardinal basketball podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: How much blame will be put on Garoppolo; Can Cal put some more wins together; plus more

photo from boston.com: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo looking glum after the 49ers loss in Super Bowl LIV in Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium Sun Feb 2

On Headline Sports with Barbara:

#1 Talk has been who to blame for the 49ers loss and collapse does some of that blame fall on 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garopplo?

#2 The Cal Bears have put some some win together they have won two of their last three games with wins over Stanford and Oregon State it won’t put them in the big dance in March but the Bears certainly executed their game to pick up the wins

#3 How serious is it that Tom Brady could come to Las Vegas, there have been a lot of scenarios considered where Brady could go and the Raiders were one of those teams considered.

#4 We had a chance to ask talk Oakland A’s Spanish radio broadcaster Amaury Pi Gonzalez about Oakland A’s pitcher Frankie Montas who is looking forward to the 2020 season how much has Montas put the PED suspension behind him

#5 The San Francisco Giants are starting the season without a lot of the familiar faces but a lot of young players and even their coaching staff has little or no Major League coaching experience how do you see this for the Giants going into the season.

Barbara Mason does Headline Sports each Tuesday night at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Cal Bears basketball podcast with Morris: After winning two out of three can Cal handle hot Colorado Thursday night?

gobears.com photo: The Cal Bears Matt Bradley brings the ball up court against the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday night at Haas Pavilion

On the Cal Bears podcast with Morris:

#1 Cal (10-11) is now 4-4 in Pac 12 play a record no one expected they would have but they’ve had some surprises with recent wins against Stanford (16-5) and Oregon State  Beavers (13-9)

#2 In the game Sunday they topped Oregon State by two points 69-67 Cal also edged out OSU in the second half scoring 39-35

#3 Once again leading the way Cal’s Matt Bradley with 23 points he’s certainly been Cal’s go to player during these last two games

#4 Morris talks about some of the things that Cal head coach Mark Fox has done to turn the club around in the last two games in terms of in game strategy

#5 Cal takes on a very tough customer in the Colorado Buffaloes (17-5) Thursday night at the University of Colorado a 5:00 pm PST tip

Morris Phillips is a Cal Bears beat writer at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NCAAB podcast with Michelle Richardson: Sooners clear winner over OSU; Indiana’s Wesson scoring helps Hoosiers to win; plus more

photo from yahoo.sports.com: Oklahoma forward Kristian Doolittle (21) pushes past Oklahoma St guard Avery Anderson III (0) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020.

On the NCAAB podcast with Michelle:

#1 The Oklahoma Sooners (14-7) took it to Oklahoma State (10-11) 82-69 in Norman Oklahoma on Saturday The Sooners outscored the Cowboys in the first half but in the second half both teams were pretty even 39-39 it wasn’t enough for Oklahoma State in the loss.

#2 The Ohio State Buckeyes (14-7) defeated the Indiana Hoosiers (15-7) 68-59. The Hoosiers Kaleb Wesson led the team with 15 points total but couldn’t get back in the game.

#3  The New Mexico Lobos (16-8) got handed a tough loss on Saturday from the Fresno Bulldogs (8-14) in Mountain West action 82-77. For New Mexico Zaine Martin and Keith McGee finished with 18 points a piece to lead the Lobos and for Fresno Orlando Robinson led the Bulldogs with 20 points.

Michelle does the NCAAB podcasts each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Big game from da Silva sparks Cardinal upset of No. 11 Oregon 70-60 end three game loss streak

gostanford.com photo: Stanford Cardinals from left to right forward Spencer Jones (14), guard Tyrell Terry (3) and forward Oscar da Silva (13) battle the Oregon Ducks on Saturday night at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, February 1, 2020

Thanks to a big day from Oscar da Silva, Stanford snapped its three-game Pac-12 losing streak in resounding fashion, as the Cardinal upset No. 11 Oregon 70-60 Saturday at Maples Pavilion.

It was a career day for da Silva, who bagged 27 points and 15 rebounds — 17 of his points and 11 of his rebounds came in the second half. Tyrell Terry added 12 points for the Cardinal (16-5 overall, 5-3 Pac-12).

Da Silva scored 20 or more points for the sixth time this season and the 10th time in his career. His effort against the Ducks was his sixth career double-double.

Oregon (18-5 overall, 7-3 Pac-12) was leading 44-35 with 14:30 to play, then Stanford held the Ducks without a field goal over the next 10 minutes. The Cardinal went on a 15-1 run, including Terry’s go-ahead 3-pointer, to surge ahead 59-50.

The Ducks were held to 6 of 30 field goal shooting in the second half, and turned in a season-low 32.8 percent shot percentage. Oregon was also outrebounded for the fifth time in its last six games.

Stanford, meanwhile, shot 50 percent from the field and was 13 of 17 at the foul line in the second half.

Will Richardson led Oregon with 17 points. Payton Pritchard was next for the Ducks with 16 points, and Chris Duarte had 14. Pritchard also notched his 200th career steal, second all-time in Oregon history.

The Cardinal hit the road next week, traviling to Utah on Thursday.

Standing Firm: Big charge call in final seconds allows Cal to slip past OSU, 69-67

By Morris Phillips

BERKELEY, CA–The youthful Cal Bears and their coaching staff didn’t know what to expect. After two, last place finishes in the Pac-12, a coaching change, and a roster with as many additions as departures, they knew they probally weren’t going to be great, and that they didn’t want to be last-place bad.

Whatever their destination, the Bears are starting to take control of the process, one game at a time.

“You just get addicted to the next game,” coach Mark Fox said after his Bears surprised Oregon State in the last game, making the winning plays late in a 69-67 victory at Haas Pavilion on Saturday.

Hardly on a last place trajectory, the Bears are finding ways to win (at home). Beating OSU evened Cal’s conference record at 4-4, good enough for a sixth-place tie with UCLA.

“To come out of the week with a couple victories for this group is progress,” Fox said. “But we’re just going to try to win this next one and see how many we can tally up.”

In winning four of seven–after losing six of seven–the Bears have improved dramatically at the defensive end while getting more varied contributions on the offensive end. Clearly an incremental process, all seven of Cal’s most recent victories are by seven points or less, the last three by 3, 2 and 2.

And what normally constitutes last minute heroics doesn’t apply at Cal: the Stanford game swung on a blocking foul and two made Paris Austin free throws. On Saturday, leading scorer Matt Bradley drew a charging call on Tres Tinkle with seven seconds remaining with the Beavers trying to grab the lead.

Looking for a critical basket or a momentum-changing dunk? There wasn’t one. Instead Cal turned a close game by limiting Oregon State to six points over the final 5:04. For the game, OSU shot 19 of 52, and missed 15 of their 20 3-point attempts.

For Cal, Bradley got it done by picking his spots, both on the floor and during junctures of the ballgame, scoring a team-best 23 points. Andre Kelly hurt OSU with his activity on the offensive glass, adding 14 points, six rebounds. Grant Anticevich contributed eight points and 11 rebounds.

Neither team created much separation as the game featured 11 ties and 13 lead changes. Tinkle spearheaded an 8-0 run for the Beavers to close the first half, but OSU didn’t sustain that surge with 32 percent shooting after the break.

Cal travels to No. 20 Colorado on Thursday looking to win their first true, road game after five losses.