Stanford Cardinal basketball podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Cardinal on 3-game win streak, face Santa Clara Saturday file photo: Cardinal and Montana did battle earlier this season. The Cardinal host Santa Clara Saturday.

On the Cardinal podcast with Jerry Feitelberg:

#1 Off to one of their best starts, the Stanford Cardinal MBB (3-0) have won three straight games. How much of a surprise is this to club and head coach Jerod Haase?

#2 In their last game against the Long Beach 49ers (1-2), the Cardinal took a convincing win 86-58 at Maples Pavilion.

#3 How advantageous has it got to be for the Cardinal to have their first eight games at home?

#4 The Cardinal’s top scorers Jaiden Delaire, Tyrell Terry, and Oscar de Silva are nailing it on offense.

#5 The Cardinal host Santa Clara this Saturday. Can the Cardinal keep it going?

Jerry Feitelberg does Cardinal podcasts each Thursday at

Cardinal routs Long Beach for third win 86-58

photo from Jaiden Delaire (11) for the Stanford Cardinal took possession of the ball against Long Beach State defender Romelle Mansel (13) during Tuesday night’s contest at Maples Pavillion in Palo Alto

By Daniel Dullum

Stanford men’s basketball is off to its best start in three years. The Cardinal won their third game to open the season on Tuesday, defeating Long Beach State 86-58 at Maples Pavilion.

Sophomore Jaiden Delaire led a balanced Stanford attack with a career-high 14 points. Freshman Tyrell Terry also had 14 points for the Cardinal, and Oscar da Silva contributed 12 points and seven rebounds.

Max De Geest was the 49ers’ top scorer with 13 points, followed by Jordan Griffin with 12.

The Cardinal (3-0) began pulling away after a media timeout in the first half, and built a 21-point lead at 4:43 of the half. Terry’s layup 17 seconds before halftime put Stanford up 47-22, taking advantage of 12 49er turnovers.

Stanford outscored LBSU 30-8 in the paint. Lukas Kisunas grabbed seven boards in 10 minutes as the Cardinal held a 38-30 rebounding edge. Overall, Stanford shot 54 percent (35 of 65 total, 10 of 23 3-point).

A Terry dunk at 14:00 of the second half gave the Cardinal a 38-point cushion. Griffin’s 3-pointer sparked an 11-0 run for the Beach (1-1), but Stanford had the game all but put away.

In attendance on the media side was Mike Montgomery, who served as color analyst for the Pac-12 Network telecast. Montgomery played for Long Beach State in the 1960s and coached Stanford for 18 seasons. He’s in the Athletic Hall of Fame for both schools.

Stanford hosts Santa Clara on Saturday night, then plays its first road game of the season at the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City on Nov. 25.

Stanford squeezes past Long Beach State 93-86 photo: Stanford Cardinal Josh Sharma goes up for the throwdown against the Long Beach Matadors at Maples Pavilion on Saturday night

by Joey Friedman

PALO ALTO — Coming off a loss to an outstanding San Francisco Dons team on the road, Stanford (now 7-5 on the season) returned to Maples Pavilion for their final game of the 2018 calendar year and their final game of the non-conference schedule against Long Beach State (now 5-10 on the season). Star freshman guard Cormac Ryan remained out for the third consecutive game with an ankle injury, giving freshman Jaiden Delaire his first career start in the win. Stanford was successful in avenging last year’s road loss to the Long Beach State 49ers by the score of 93-86.

The game remained tight throughout the first half as copious turnover and fouls committed by both teams stunted any runs. The Cardinal and The Beach exchanged small advantages with Josh Sharma and KZ Okpala leading the team with 9 and 8 points in the half, respectively. Sharma also collected 10 rebounds in the first half, setting a career record. Stanford would take a 37-36 lead to halftime.

Long Beach State’s lead with the score 45-43 was their last of the night as Stanford caught fire and, on the back of a pair of Oscar da Silva 3-pointers, went on a 13-1 run, which put the score at 56-46 with less than 14 minutes left in the game.

The Beach didn’t go quietly, however. Stanford’s free throw shooting down the stretch allowed for the 49ers to crawl back to within two points with under a minute to go. Bryan Alberts, who finished with 22 points (6-13 from beyond the arc), nailed a pair of 3s while Temidayo Yussuf, who finished with 13 points (5-7 from the field), added 6 points of his own in the closing minutes to narrow the gap. Towards the end of the game, Stanford shot 5-19 from the charity stripe.

Down by 3 and with a chance to tie the game with under 10 seconds left in the game, Long Beach State head coach Don Monson tried to call a timeout to presumably set up a play for his team on offense but was unsuccessful at getting the referees’ attention. Subsequently, Long Beach State threw up a poor, air-balled shot on their final possession. Monson was understandably irate with the referees which drew a pair of technical fouls and an ejection from the court. Stanford padded their lead in the closing seconds with the fouls shots.

Josh Sharma finished the game for the Cardinal with his first career double-double. He set career-highs in both points and rebounds, blowing his previous career highs out of the water. He finished with 23 points and 18 rebounds.

Daejon Davis, who had 17 points and 5 assists for the Cardinal, left the game with an apparent ankle injury with about seven minutes left in the game. Head coach Jerod Hasse said he does not know the extent of the injury.

KZ Okpala and Jaiden Delaire each had 20 points and 10 points, respectively, in the win.

What’s next?
Stanford will open Pac-12 Conference play with the LA schools as the Card head south for games at UCLA on January 3rd and at USC on January 6th.

Long Beach State opens Big West Conference play at home against UC Davis after they face Bethesda at home on January 5th.

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Joey Friedman: USF Dons were just too much for Stanford in last game; Cardinal get ready for Long Beach State

photo from Stanford’s Daejon Davis and the Cardinal hope to come off a frustrating loss to the USF Dons from last Saturday as they host Long Beach State at Maples Pavilion this Saturday Dec 29

The Dons (12-1) were led by Charles Minlend with 19 points, and Frankie Ferrari with 17. Jimbo Lull, USF’s 7-foot junior, hit double figures in rebounds for the first time in his career with 15; he also scored 11 points. Matt McCarthy added 10 points for the Dons.

It was the Cardinal’s first game at USF in 23 years, the first game on the USF campus since 1987, and the 68th meeting between the schools. Stanford leads the series 46-22.

Joey Friedman does the Stanford Cardinal basketball podcasts each Friday at

Legendary Basketball Coach Tarkanian has died.

by Jerry Feitelberg

Legendary Basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian died Wednesday at the age of 84. Tarkanian entered the hospital Monday and his son Danny said "He fought and fought. Coach Tark, my father, the greatest man I have ever known, passed today, to take his place in heaven. I will miss him every day of my life."

Jerry Tarkanian was the second Hall of Fame coach to die in the last ten days. Dean Smith of North Carolina died last week. Tarkanian was a fantastically successful basketball coach for
over 40 years. He was not a great basketball player in his days at Fresno State but was a great leader. He had a great personality who had a great work ethic and enthusiasm for the game and was chosen as captain even though he was a backup guard. After graduation Jerry coached at the high school level before going on to coach Riverside City College from 1963 to 1964 where his team won three state titles and a record of 145-22. In 1966, he moved over to Pasadena City College and had a record of 67-4 while winning one state title.

Now, it was time to move on to Divison One college basketball. Jerry was hired to take over the moribund Long Beac State program. Long Beach had a losing record of 192-240 record under five coaches in the seventeen years prior to his arrival. Jerry turned the program into a winning one immediately. From 1968 to 1973 his record was 122-20 and the team won four conference titles in his five years there. Jerry moved on to the University of Nevada Las Vegas from 1973 to 1992 and he amassed a record of 509-105 and his team, the Running Rebels, won the NCAA championship in 1990. Jerry returned to has alma mater, Fresno State and coached there until his retirement in 2002. The Bulldogs reached the NCAA Tournament twice and had six straight 20-win seasons.
Jerry’s teams loved to play pressure defense and used the fast break to pulverize their opponents. Jerry was fun to watch while coaching as he had a habit of chewing on a wet towel during games.

Some other numbers of interest are the following. He had a winning percentage of .804 which is fourth best all-time. In addition, he had 778 career victories and tutored 42 players that were drafted by the NBA including 12 first-round selections.

While these numbers are tremendous, one has to ask -what kind of person was Jerry Tarkanian?
While he was a great coach and mentor, he was a compassionate man who believed that everyone in life deserved a second chance and he brought in a lot of young men that came from troubled backgrounds to play on his teams. Tarkanian wrote" My upbringing was why I related so well to kids from tough backgrounds or single-family homes. I was always at home with city kids. I understood what it was like to be raised by one parent, to grow up poor, and to have to move around and scrape to get things."

Jerry was approached by the Los Angeles Lakers to take over the helm in 1977, but he did not take the job. Jerry did take a job coaching the San Antonio Spurs in 1992, but his tenure there was short-lived as he was out after coaching just 20 games.

Jerry finished his career at Fresno Sate and was elected to the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2013. The honor was long overdue, but many people felt that it was his battles with the NCAA that cost him the chance to enter the Hall at an earlier date.

Tarkanian had a long and successful life and the world of basketball is in mourning today for one of it’s most colorful characters. Rest in Peace, Jerry.