Late free throw shooting helps Buffs sink Cardinal 80-76

Stanford Cardinal forward Spencer Jones (14) gets plenty of reach to score against the Colorado Buffaloes at CU Events Center in Boulder on Sun Nov 28, 2021 (photo by Stanford Cardinal Athletics)

By Daniel Dullum
Sunday, November 28, 2021

Clutch free-throw shooting in the final minute by Keeshawn Barthelemy helped Colorado defeat visiting Stanford 80-76 in the Pac-12 men’s basketball opener for both schools at the CU Events Center in Boulder.

With 1:49 left in the second half, Tristan da Silva hit a 3-pointer, putting the Buffaloes (6-1 overall, 1-0 Pac-12) up 73-66. The Cardinal (4-3, 01) responded with four layups, including one on a three-point play and anotther on a dunk by Lukas Kisunas, cutting Stanford’s deficit to 75-73 with :36 remaining.

Barthelemy made two free throws with 1:03 to play, two more at the :36 mark, and two more with 12 seconds remaining to establish the final score.

Evan Battey connected on all four of his 3-point tries and led Colorado with 22 points. Da Silva had 13 points and four assists, and Jabari Walker and KJ Simpson each added 12 points. Barthelemy, who was 8-for-8 at the free throw line, finished with 10 points.

Spencer Jones led the Cardinal with 15 points, hitting 5-of-6 from the field – including 3-of-4 on 3-pointers. Brsndon Angel was next with 13 points and Kisunas, who did all of his scoring in the final minutes, added 11 points and nine rebouinds. Harrison Ingram and Michael O’Connell each had five assists.

The Cardinal shot 50 percent (26-of-52) from the field, including 10-of-24 3-point shots. Stanford was also 14-of-15 at the free throw line. Stanford outrebounded the Buffs 32-28.

Stanford returns to Pac-12 action on Dec. 12, when the Cardinal hosts Oregon.

Cardinal remain unbeaten on home court, upends North Carolina A&T 79-65

The Stanford Cardinal Max Murrell scores a career 18 points against North Carolina A&T at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto on Tue Nov 24, 2021 (photo by Stanford Cardinal)

By Daniel Dullum
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Stanford returned to the win column with a fast start and a key second-half run as the Stanford Cardinal (4-2) defeated North Carolina A&T  (1-5) 79-65 Tuesday in non-conference men’s basketball at Maples Pavilion.

Max Murrell popped in a career-high 18 points for Stanford (4-2) on 5-of-8 floor shooting while making four of the Cardinal’s eight 3-pointers. Harrison Ingram contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds for his second career double-double.

Noah Taitz, James Keefe and Jaiden delaire each scored eight points for Stanford, Michael O’Connell and Spencer Jones had five and four assists respectively.

David Beatty led North Carolina A&T (1-5) with 13 points while making three 3’s. Filmore Webster and Marcus Watson each grabbed six rebounds for the Aggies. Kameron Langley dished out seven assists.

Stanford surged ahead to stay three minutes into the game, eventually building a 35-25 halftime lead. The Aggies cut their deficit to four at 53-49 midway through the second half. The Cardinal responded with an 18-2 run, capped by a Murrell 3, extending their lead to 71-51.

The Cardinal shot 55 percent in the second half (16-of-29) and held a commanding 51-31 rebounding edge. Stanford is 4-0 at home this season.

Stanford opens its Pac-12 schedule Sunday at Colorado.

Cal Bears football podcast with Daniel Dullum: Cal ready to battle Stanford for Axe in the Big Game Saturday

On the Cal Bears football podcast with Daniel:

#1 Daniel, last week’s game against the USC Trojans (4-5) postponed due to Covid 19 protocol issues with over 24 Cal Bears (3-6) players infected with the Bears coming off a 10-7 loss to the Arizona Wildcats (1-8) on Nov 6th and canceled last Sat Nov 13 would you look at last week’s postponement a good rest period or a game that the team wanted to get out battle USC and try and get back in the win column.

#2 The Wildcats had had such a horrible season they went in against Cal 0-8 have won a game all season and starting quarterback Will Plummer had been struggling under center all season with a low ratio of completed passes but with Cal coming along using most of their bench the Plummer and the Wildcats were able to get some daylight and get in the win column.

#3 The game in Arizona offensively for the Bears was one of their worst outing on offense the Bears in the first half just couldn’t get any offense jelling. Bears starting quarterback Chase Garbers was missed and back up Ryan Glover couldn’t get in the end zone getting shutout in the first half. Glover threw for 94 yards and no touchdowns.

#4 The Bears have their whole team back after being quarantined since that Nov 6th game in Arizona and have Garbers and the starters back. Talk about how much of a relief that has to be for head coach Justin Wilcox.

#5 The Big Game for the Axe is on deck as the Golden Bears head to Stanford University to play the Cardinal (3-7) at 4:00 pm PST. Daniel it seems no matter how bad or how great either team is doing it’s always like a grudge match a real rivalry when these two teams face each other.

Join Daniel for analysis and commentary on the Cal Bears podcast each Friday at

Cardinal use a fast start to upend Valpo 74-60

Brandon Angel led the Stanford Cardinal in scoring with 13 points against the Valparaiso Crusaders for Angel a career high in scoring at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto Wed Nov 17, 2021 (photo by Stanford Cardinal)

By Daniel Dullum
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Stanford used a big first half to pull away from visiting Valparaiso on Wednesday, as the Cardinal prevailed 74-60 in non-conference men’s basketball at Maples Pavilion.

Spencer Jones and Maxime Reynaud sparked an 11-1 Cardinal run to open the game, then Brandon Angel hit a 3-pointer, Noah Taitz added two more treys, and Stanford opened up a 14-point lead and never looked back.

Stanford led 39-23 at halftime. Angel opened the second half with a pair of 3-pointers, as the Cardinal built a 54-33 lead with 14 minutes to play.

Angel and Taitz led Stanford (3-1) with 13 and 11 points, respectively, as the Cardinal utilized its entire roster. Angel’s total was a career-high.

Maxime Raymaud had nine points and four rebounds, and Jaiden Delaire contributed eight points, four rebounds and two assists. Harrison Ingram and Isa Silva each had five assists.

Trevor Anderson, a transfer from Wisconsin, led the Beacons (0-3) with 18 points and 10 rebounds; Sheldon Edwards was next for Valpo with 11 points and three steals.

Stanford outrebounded the Beacons 34-25, and connected on 11-of-23 3-pointers.

Beacons head coach Matt Lottich played at Stanford from 2000 to 2004. It was his first opportunity to coach against the Cardinal.

Stanford travels to Waco, Texas, to face Baylor on Saturday morning. Tip-off is 10 a.m. Pacific.

Cal Bears basketball podcast with Morris Phillips: Did Shepherd get robbed in the closing seconds at UNLV?; Cal gets ready for San Diego tonight

The UNLV Rebels Bryce Hamilton (13) drives the lane on the Cal Bears guard Jalen Celestine (32) during Sat Nov 13, 2021 contest at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas (photo by Las Vegas Review Journal)

On the Cal Bears basketball podcast with Morris:

#1 Morris like you mentioned in your recap on Saturday night that the UNLV Running Rebels (2-0) hinged on a key aspect that won them their game over the Cal Bears (0-2) 55-52 and that was the three point shot.

#2 You talked about Cal’s guard Jordan Shepherd who in the opener scored 27 points against UC San Diego but the Rebels got the memo on Shepherd and held him down to just nine points that might have been the difference in the game.

#3 UNLV head coach Kevin Kruger was pleased with the how the players shutdown Cal on three different action plays saying the defense executed it perfectly.

#4 Shepherd had his second three point attempt blocked and missed a lay up in the final seconds as head coach Mark Fox questioned if there was contact or not?

#5 The Bears host the San Diego Toreros (3-0) at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley tonight and hope that having the home floor will give them some kind of advantage. The Toreoros have won three straight to start the season and are getting some scoring from guard Jase Townsend, Terrell Brown, and Marcellus Ellington. Morris, set this one up for us tonight for a 6pm tip.

Morris does the Cal Bears basketball podcasts each Monday at

Hot-shooting Broncos defeat Stanford 88-72 on opening night

The Stanford Cardinal suffered their first loss on opening night against the Santa Clara Broncos on Fri Nov 12, 2021 at the Leavey Center in Santa Clara (photo by Stanford Cardinal)

By Daniel Dullum
Friday, November 12, 2021

A big shooting night for PJ Pipes and Jalen Williams sparked Santa Clara to an 88-72 non conference men’s basketball win over Stanford Friday.

Pipes finished with 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting, including four 3-pointers. Williams was next for the Broncos (2-0) with 19 points. Keshawn Justice contributed 14 points, along with a career-high 13 rebounds to go with four assists and two steals. Josip Vrankic had a career-high eight assists along with 15 points.

Stanford (1-1) took an early 5-0 lead after the Broncos missed their first three shots, but Santa Clara caught fire from the perimeter, hitting 11 of its next 12 shots while forging a 21-0 run to take the lead for good.

A 13-2 Cardinal run, sparked by six points from Maxime Raynaid, cut Stanford’s deficit to 30-24 at 6:32 of the first half. Santa Clara responded with a 10point run that prevented the Cardinal from getting any closer.

Harrison Ingraham led the Cardinal with 19 points, including three 3-pointers. Raynaid finished with his first career double-double, as the 7-foot-1 freshman center tallied 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists while hitting 7-of-9 field goal attempts.

The Broncos hit a blistering 60 percent from the field (34-of-67), including 12-of-24 from behind the 3-point arc. However, Santa Clara struggled at the free throw line, hitting 8-of-15.

The Cardinal host San Jose State on Monday, and Valparaiso visits Maples Pavilion on Wednesday.

Cardinal claims season-opening 62-50 hoops win over Tarleton State

Stanford Cardinal Harrison Ingram throws down against visiting Tarleton State at Maples Pavilion on opening night Tue Nov 9, 2021 (photo by Stanford Cardinal)

By Daniel Dullum
Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Stanford opened its 2021-22 men’s basketball season on Tuesday with a 62-50 non-conference victory over Tarleton State at Maples Pavilion.

The visiting Texans (0-1), members of the Western Athletic Conference, took a 26-24 halftime lead. The Cardinal tied the game at 18:24 of the second half on a layup by Michael O’Connell, but Tarleton used a 5T-2 run – capped by a Jonathan Jackson Jr. dunk – to build a 35-28 lead.

Following a Stanford timeout, the Cardinal (1-0) used 3-pointers bu Spencer Jones and Jaiden Delaire to pull within 35-34 with 13:20 left in the second half. At 11:54, Delaire’s free throw tied the game at 35-35.

Moments later, a layup by Isa Silva put the Cardinal up 37-35 and sparked a six-point run that gave Stanford a 43-35 advantage. The Cardinal led by as many as 15 with just under five minutes remaining en route to their first win of the season.

Harrison Ingram led Stanford with 16 points, followed by Delaire with 14 and Lukas Kisunas with 12. Silva had four assists, while Ingram grabbed seven rebounds. Delaire and Maxime Raynaud each had six boards as the Cardinal outrebounded Tarleton State 36-25.

Guard Montre Gipson topped the Texans with 15 points, with Tahj Small next with 11 and Shakur Daniel added 10.

The Cardinal travel to Santa Clara on Friday to face the 1-0 Broncos. Santa Clara won its opener 84-77 on Tuesday over Cal State Fullerton. Game time is 7 p.m.

Cal Bears Football report: Cal’s next game vs. USC postponed to Dec 4th due to Covid 19 protocols

Cal Memorial Stadium will sit empty this Sat Nov 13, 2021 as this week’s game against the USC Trojans has been canceled due to more than half of the team positive for Covid 19 or Covid 19 protocol issues. USC and Cal has rescheduled the game to Dec 4, 2021 (photo from the Pac 12)

SRS Staff Report

Last week when the Cal Bears left to take the flight to Tucson and play at Arizona the team left 26 players behind including starting quarterback Chase Garbers. The result was Cal losing to a team the Wildcats who had a 20 game losing streak and who were 0-8 this season by a 10-3 final.

The quarantine and testing situation at Cal doesn’t look like things have improved much as multiple Cal players have either tested positive or they are in quarantine trying to recover from Covid 19 and the Bears who were supposed to play USC this Saturday in Berkeley have rescheduled the contest to Dec 4th. The Bears next game will be the Big Game at Stanford on Nov 20th so far that game is still on target to be played and it will be over ten days as the players should be out of quarantine by then.

Cal Athletic Director Jim Knowlton said the decision to cancel the game was not an easy choice to make saying, “It was a difficult decision to postpone this Saturday’s game against USC, we know how important every one of our games is to our student-athletes, especially our seniors who have been incredible representatives of the program, but it was the right thing to do. Due to additional impact on specific position groups, we have decided to postpone Saturday’s game. We have had multiple COVID-19 positives within our program, and we are taking every step we can to mitigate the spread and protect the greater community.”

Stanford Beaten Up By Utah under Friday Night Lights 52-7 at Stanford Stadium

Stanford Cardinal quarterback tight end Benjamin Yurosek (84) can’t find the handle on the football as the Cardinal fall hard to the visiting Utah Utes at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto on Fri Nov 5, 2021 (AP News photo)

Stanford Beaten Up By Utah 52-7

By Barbara Mason

Utah’s Tavian Thomas ran roughshod all over the Stanford defense scoring four touchdowns in the first half to lead his team to a 52-7 win. He finished the game with 177 yards.

Utah (6-3) jumped all over Stanford (3-6) in the first quarter taking an early 14-0 lead. Stanford was rendered helpless and after the first quarter had -13 in rushing yards. Passing attempts by Stanford had resulted in incompletions and sacks. The Cardinal would get a badly needed break generating a Utah turnover late in the quarter. Stanford would send in quarterback Jack West late in the quarter still looking for some offense. Isaiah Sanders and West shared quarterbacking since Tanner McKee was ruled out due to injury for this game.

Utah’s Tavion Thomas scored his third touchdown in this game early in the second quarter giving Utah a 21-0 lead. Stanford stadium went silent when Utah scored their fourth touchdown of the game leading 28-0. It was Thomas’ fourth touchdown finishing the half with 153 rushing yards.

TJ Pledger would score for Utah in the final minutes of the half and the Utes led in a runaway 35-0. With 34 seconds left in the game Stanford was called for roughing the passer and Utah went to work on the Stanford 19 yard line. Utah settled for a field goal extending their lead 38-0.

The first half could not have been more lopsided in favor of Utah. This is not the way that the Cardinal wanted to come out in this game especially playing at home. With 23 receiving yards and 5 passing yards it was an absolute nightmare for Stanford. Utah had 434 total yards to Stanford’s 28 yards in the first half.

Stanford quarterback Isaiah Sanders would score in the third quarter for the lone Cardinal touchdown of the game. The score after three was 38-7

In the fourth quarter, Utah had a first and goal but Stanford held them on four downs. This was one of the few highlights for the Cardinal in this game. That highlight was followed by a devastating lowlight when Stanfords Sanders threw a pick six giving the Utes a 45-7 lead.

Utah was sailing though this game. Late in the final quarter the Utes would strike again scoring their sixth rushing touchdown of the game. The final was 52-7. The way that Utah is playing they have a great shot at the NCAA crown. Stanford will play Oregon State next Saturday November 13th. Status of quarterback Tanner McKee is unknown for this game. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 PM.

Golden Bears dominate hapless Buffs 26-3 for first Pac-12 win

The Cal Bears quarterback Chase Garbers (7) throws past the Colorado Buffaloes defense in the second half on Sat Oct 23, 2021 at Cal Memorial Stadium (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Saturday, October 23, 2021

California was looking for an opportunity to snag that first football win of the season over an FBS opponent, and achieved that goal with a 26-3 win over Colorado in a Pac-12 game at Berkeley.

Golden Bears quarterback Chase Garbers completed 22 of 29 for 225 passing yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Garbers also ran for 96 yards, moving into first place on Cal’s career rushing chart for quarterbacks, passing Joe Kapp.

The defensive standout for Cal (2-5 overall, 1-3 Pac-12) was safety Elijah Hicks, who recorded six tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, picked off one pass and had one of the Bears’ six sacks.

Buffaloes quarterback Brendan Lewis was 9 of 17 for 69 yards. He had a minus-9 yards rushing.
The Bears were off and running early. Garbers scrambled for 38 yards on a third-and-6 from the Cal 30, leading to a Dario Longhetto 49-yard field goal with 9:47 left in the first quarter. That put the Bears ahead to stay.
Minutes later, Colorado (2-5 overall, 1-3 Pac-12) drove to the Cal 49 before Buffaloes running back Jarek Broussard was stopped for a 1-yard loss on fourth-and-1.

That stop of Colorado on downs led to Garbers throwing a 24-yard scoring strike to freshman tight end Keleki Latu, giving the Bears a 10-0 lead at 6:05 of the opening period.

Longhetto booted a 30-yard field goal at 9:23 of the second quarter, putting Cal up 13-0. After Brenden Rice (son of Hall of Famer Jerry Rice) returned a kickoff 67 yards to the Cal 33, Cole Becker connected on a 33-yard field goal.
With 3:21 to play in the second quarter, Garbers threw a TD pass to Gavin Reinwald. Longhetto hit a 51-yard field goal on the final play of the quarter, putting the Bears up 23-3 at halftime. Cal scored on each of its possessions in the first half and outgained the Buffs 297-91 in total yards.

The Bears host Oregon State next Saturday, with a 4 p.m. kickoff. The Beavers (5-2 overall, 3-1 Pac-12) beat Utah 42-34 in their last game.