Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Bears come to life in second half get big win over USF by a bucket

An aerial shot of the Cal Bears Mikael Foreman taking the winning shot for three points at the buzzer sinks a win for Cal over the USF Dons at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley (@CalMBBall photo)

On the Cal Bears podcast with Morris:

#1 Morris the Cal Bears got an unexpected win over the USF Dons (5-3) on Saturday at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley was this one as good as it gets?

#2 The Dons put on an offensive performance in the first half with a 37-29 but in the second half the Bears came out and turned things around outscoring the Dons by ten 43-33.

#3 Morris, what fired up the Bears to play such a second half like that. They brought in a three game losing streak and that included their recent loss at Pepperdine. There were some doubters regarding Cal before this one started.

# 4 Speaking of that second half the Bears got offensive help from Grant Anticevich 18 pts, Andre Kelly 22 pts and Matt Bradley 17 pts the offense distributed nicely and coach Mark Fox had to be relieved by his players who finished in double digits.

#5 The Bears next are at Boston College Dec 22 who are 1-5, 15th in the ACC. BC has a four game losing streak. Coming off this win against the Dons after losing three straight before which Bears team will show up on Dec 22?

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Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca: Tale of the two halves defense picked up in second half Cal still lost

Cal Bears Matt Bradley takes a free throw shot against the Pepperdine Waves Wednesday night in Malibu. This was Cal’s second straight road trip as they return back to Berkeley on Saturday against USF ( photo)

On the Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 Michael, how big is it for Cal that they didn’t have to suffer too many postponed games, rescheduled games and pretty much rely on playing their home games at Haas Pavilion during this very strict Covid-19 shutdown.

#2 In Cal’s last game men’s basketball game at Pepperdine it was the tale of the two halves. The first half the Pepperdine dominated with a 44-30 whereas Cal improved the defense in the second half with the Waves just edging out Cal 32-30 but as you know it’s what the scoreboard shows at the end of the game as it was 74-62 Pepperdine.

#3 All things considered Michael did that second half show any improvements for Cal as they played a close second half against a very good Waves team who have made handy work of post season tournaments.

#4 Cal has now lost two straight including a loss to UCLA the game before Pepperdine they come back to Haas Pavilion for Saturday night’s game against USF (4-2). The Dons have won four straight after going 0-2. Knowing how well coached USF is how do you see this match up on Saturday?

#5 Michael talk about two of Cal’s top scorers from Wednesday’s game Grant Anticevich with 21 points and Matt Bradley who lead Cal with 27 points they had to work hard against the Waves.

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Stanford Cardinal podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Haase rallies the troops in comeback game against USF

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On the Cardinal podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Great coaching by Stanford head coach Jerod Haase as the Cardinal were able to rally the troops against the USF Dons on Tuesday night at Maples Pavilion with a comeback second half. Down 23-18, the Cardinal came back with a 46-33 second half.

#2 Oscar da Silva and Daejon Davis each scored 18 points for Stanford Tuesday. Two of four players to get into double figures.

#3 Talk about how impressive this team is now improving to 10-1. They will certainly get some national attention real soon.

#4 Bryce Willis had 12 points and Spencer Jones had 10 to follow up behind da Silva and Davis in scoring.

#5 Up next for the Cardinal, they will face San Diego at Chase Center in San Francisco this Saturday December 21st in the Al Attles Classic

Jerry does the Cardinal podcasts each Thursday at

Cardinal uses big second half to upend USF 64-56

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By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Oscar da Silva and Daejon Davis each scored 18 points for Stanford Tuesday, as the Cardinal overcame the absence of injured point guard Tyrell Terry and slipped past San Francisco 64-56 in non-conference men’s basketball at Maples Pavilion.

Bryce Wills and Spencer Jones added 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Cardinal (10-1), who trailed 23-18 at halftime. Jones, da Silva and Wills each had five rebounds; Davis added four assists.

Terry was held out of the Cardinal lineup due to what Stanford called “an upper body injury” sustained during the pregame shootaround. Afterward, Stanford personnel said they didn’t think the injury was serious.

Terry’s absence affected the Cardinal offense, which totaled only six assists while committing 19 turnovers. Stanford compensated for the lack of ballhandling by shooting 48 percent from the field while holding the Dons to 39 percent shooting.

Stanford outscored USF 46-32 in the second half. San Francisco averaged 84.6 points per game going into Tuesday’s contest.

Charles Minlend led the Dons (9-3) with 18 points, and Jamaree Bouyea added 15 points, while Minlend and Josh Kunen each grabbed seven of USF’s 29 rebounds.

The Dons are 1-2 against Pac-12 opponents this season. USF lost to Arizona State two weeks ago and earlier defeated California.

Next action for the Cardinal is on Saturday, when they face San Diego in the Al Attles Classic at Chase Center. The Dons play UC Davis on Saturday.

Cal Bears basketball podcast with Michael Duca: Too much USF and Santa Clara; Bears glad to get back home against Fresno State

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On the Cal Bears podcast with Michael:

The Cal Bears are unbeaten at home and are winless away from home. The Bears visited a couple of highly rated Jesuited institutions at USF and Santa Clara, but the Bears are back in the friendly confines of their home court at Haas Pavilion on Wednesday night.

They really played an entertaining game against the Fresno State Bulldogs and neither team held a seven or eight point lead at anytime in that game. It was back and forth for the whole evening and although the Bears wound up with a six-point win that was in doubt until the final minute.

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Cal Bears basketball podcast with Michael Duca: After first half, Dons stayed well enough ahead of Cal

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On the Cal Bears basketball podcast with Michael:

#1 The Cal Bears (5-3) were unceremoniously dumped at USF as the Dons whipped the Bears by 12, 76-64.

#2 The Dons improved their record to 8-2. This has been an up and coming program and the Golden Bears certainly had an idea of what they were getting into.

#3 The Bears had a better first half. Although they trailed the Dons 34-32, and in the second half, it was all Dons 42-32.

#4 Cal had only two players in double figures: Kareem South with 20 and Matt Bradley with 11.

#5 The Bears are still holding their own. This is their third loss out of their last eight games.

Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca is heard each Thursday at

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

NCAA podcast with Daniel Dullum: Hoops shocker ASU tops No. 13 Kansas; USF continues to roll with win over Stanford; Minnesota women now 11-0; plus more photo: Arizona State guard Rob Edwards (left) knocks the ball out of the hands of Kansas guard Quentin Grimes Saturday night at ASU

On the NCAA podcast with Daniel Dullum:

1 Men’s Hoops: No. 18 Arizona State stuns No. 1 Kansas

2 USF handles Stanford

3 Women’s Hoops: No. 13 Minnesota 11-0 under new coach Lindsay Whalen

4 No. 1 UConn holds off challenge from Cal

5 Congrats to Stanford on women’s volleyball national championship

Daniel Dullum is filling in for Michelle Richardson for the NCAA report heard each week at

Stanford Cardinal basketball podcast with Joey Friedman: After close game victory with SJSU, the Cardinal head to the City for contest with USF Saturday

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On the Cardinal basketball podcast with Joey:

#1 Joey, it was a close one, but the Stanford Cardinal (6-4) just got by the San Jose State Spartans 78-73 in spite of the score. The Spartans gave the Cardinal a battle on their home floor at Maples Pavilion.

#2 For the Cardinal, sophomores Daejon Davis and KZ Okpala helped the Cardinal make up the deficit by halftime and were crucial in keeping up with the improving Spartans.

#3 The three-point game was the big balance for the Cardinal, helping them pull away from the feisty Spartans with 18 team assists.

#4  Stanford Sophomore Oscar da Silva exploded to hit four straight three-pointers in the second half, adding to his two first-half treys, going 9-13 for 23 points.

#5 The Cardinal hit the road and head up from Palo Alto to San Francisco for a battle with one of the NCAA’s best, the USF Dons (11-1), for a Saturday night battle at War Memorial Gym.

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