Dog Days Are Over: Cal clips the Huskies to end 16-game losing streak

By Morris Phillips

BERKELEY, Calif. — Washington coach Mike Hopkins may have been the first to grasp what was transpiring when he called a pair of early timeouts to express his exasperation with the indifference his Huskies were displaying on defense.

Ultimately, Hopkins’ timeouts didn’t work.

The Cal Bears, off a favorable start, wavered briefly before halftime, only to recover and hand Pac-12 leading Washington a damaging 76-73 loss that will weigh heavily with the NCAA selection committee. Immediately, Cal’s win ends their 16-game losing streak that had outweighed any positives Wyking Jones’ team had gathered in a trying season.

“We knew we had it in us. We just had to find it,” said Connor Vanover. “It took awhile, but now I think moving forward we will have a clear head. If we can beat Washington, why not anyone else?”

Meanwhile, Washington found little consolation in winning the conference regular season title despite the loss when their closest pursuers, Oregon State and Arizona State, both loss on Thursday.

“We didn’t respect the game,” Crisp said. “We didn’t respect our opponent. We just expected we would come out and win the game. Obviously, you’re never going to win basketball games like that.”

The Bears bothered Washington early with a 2-3 zone that forced the Huskies into some careless turnovers, and quick, fruitless possessions. The Bears took the lead, 19-16, on Paris Austin’s 3-pointer with 11:57 remaining before halftime.

Any scenario seeing the Bears end their lengthy losing streak would have to involve an offensive explosion since the nation’s 313th-ranked defense was unlikely to make a difference at the Pac-12 level. And that formula played out as Darius McNeill,  Connor Vanover and Justice Sueing combined for 51 points, and the team shot 55 percent from the floor, and 53 percent from distance. The Bears shared the ball, solving Washington’s frequent use of a 2-3 zone.

“They kept their composure,” Jones said of his Bears’ poise down the stretch. “We turned it over a couple times, late, and they did as well, but the guys just continued to believe, more than anything. Connor continues to shine and kind of give us all a preview of how good he can be.”

And most importantly, the Huskies were limited, failing to produce a run that could create some separation on the scoreboard.

Instead, the Huskies blinked, scoring just four points in the final 5:03 of the game, allowing Cal to protect a paper-thin lead.

With Washington misfiring, the Bears got their final basket from Vanover with 3:26 remaining. Three made free throws broke the tie and gave Cal a lead they would protect.

The Huskies missed three shots in the final minute, including a good look from David Crisp at the buzzer. Crisp led all scorers with 32 points, but only 5 of those 32 came in the final 12 minutes of the game.

“We’ve done about everything wrong in the last couple games where we give up the lead within the last five minutes,” Sueing said. “Going into this game, we were used to having that close, intense matchup. We made it a thing to make sure we stayed together and fight until the end.”

“You got to play with passion and have a chip on our shoulder with every possession and we didn’t have that tonight,” Hopkins said. “We didn’t have basic principles. We were breaking down and you can’t do that with your foundation.”

Cal hosts Washington State on Saturday, their final home game before they close the regular season at Stanford on March 9.

Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Cal can’t hold first half lead, still winless in the Pac-12

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On the Cal Bears podcast with Morris:

#1 The Arizona State University Sun Devils (19-8) Luguentz Dort led with 22 points and the Cal Bears (5-22) lost by ten points 69-59 on Sunday to remain winless in conference play.

#2 Matt Bradley for Cal led with 23 points and ten rebounds. No matter what the score was or who won, Bradley put it all out there, offensively.

#3 The Bears held a first half lead 34-28 and there was some hope they very well would have a shot at winning this one, but in the second half, ASU scored big 41-25.

#4 Once again, in the postgame press conference, head coach Wyking Jones can’t put a finger on how to get this team turned around.

#5 Cal comes home to host the Washington Huskies (22-5) Thursday, Feb. 28th. The Huskies are a team on fire. Morris talks about Cal’s chances to try and get a win in conference play against UW.

Morris does the Cal Bears podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

NCAAB podcast with Michelle Richardson: Without Azubike and DeSousa, Wildcats have their way with Hawks; Duke comes back to beat George Tech; OSU gets the better of UW; plus more

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On the NCAAB podcast with Michelle:

#1 Udoke Azubuike is out with an injury and Silvio DeSousa is in ineligible. Wihout their key players, the Kansas Jayhawks (16-4) couldn’t turn the corner to the Kentucky Wildcats (16-3) 71-63. The score is reflective of the lack offense needed by the Hawks.

#2 Duke (17-2) got a win over Georgia Tech (11-9) on Saturday 66-53. The Blue Devils got hoop help from RJ Barrett with 24 points and 11 rebounds Duke won it coming back from behind.

#3 Washington Huskies (16-4) defeated the Oregon State Beavers (12-7) 79-69 Saturday . The Huskies’ Jaylen Nowell (19) and Nahziah Carter (18) both led in scoring and the Beavers’ Stephen Thomson Jr (30) and Tres Tinkle (18) led OSU in scoring.

#4 Michelle’s final thoughts

NCAAB podcast is every week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Joey Friedman: Cardinal get wiped out in Seattle as Huskies take a 16-point win

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On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Joey:

#1 KZ Okpala led the Stanford Cardinal (8-9) with 22 points, but all for not, as the Cardinal lose by 16 to the host Washington Huskies (13-4) 80-64.

#2 At one point, the Huskies led Stanford 18-8 midway in the first half.

#3 Despite the Cardinal cutting into the Huskie’s lead in the second half, the Huskies shot the ball well for 55%.

#4 The Cardinal’s Josh Sharma stayed consistent with his shooting, finishing with 17 points

#5 The Cardinal will try it all over again this Saturday in Pullman against the Washington State Cougars a 12 noon tip. Joey sets this game up.

Joey Friedman does the Stanford Cardinal podcast each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Huskies rout Cardinal 80-64 in Pac-12 play

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By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Stanford’s woes in conference play continued Thursday, as the Cardinal traveled to Seattle and dropped an 80-64 Pac-12 men’s basketball decision to Washington.

Jaylen Nowell led the Huskies (13-4 overall, 4-0 Pac-12) with 22 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Nahziah Carter was next with 13 points off the bench, followed by Dominic Green with 11 and David Crisp with 10.

Nowell and Crisp each grabbed five rebounds for the Huskies; Nowell, Crisp and Green each had two assists. Matisse Thybulle collected five steals for Washington.

KZ Okpala was Stanford’s top scorer with 22 points, along with five rebounds and two assists and a technical foul. Josh Sharma scored 17 points and grabbed eight of the Cardinal’s 34 rebounds. Daejon Davis committed five of Stanford’s 18 turnovers, which the Huskies converted into 24 points.

Stanford has averaged 15.5 turnovers per game this season, and has yet to register single-digit turnovers in any of its 17 games. To compound matters, the Cardinal were 3-of-15 on 3-point attempts.

The Cardinal (8-9, 1-4) struggled with Washington’s zone defense for most of the first half and though things improved in the second half, the Huskies cruised to their fifth straight win.

In the second half, the Huskies led by as many as 16 points, but Stanford cut its deficit to single digits with 10:16 left. A Washington run put the Huskies back to a 58-44 lead with 8 minutes to play.

Stanford’s road trip continues when they visit Washington State on Saturday. Game time set for 12:00 pm PST.

Ball Bounces Huskies’ Way in Pac-12 Championship win over Utah, 10-3

By Morris Phillips

SANTA CLARA–If the Pac-12 Championship Game were to be decided without the benefit of an offensive touchdown, of course the opportunistic, hard hitting Washington Huskies would be in position to win it.

But along that same line of thinking, the Utah Utes would likely be in position to steal the outcome of such a defensive-leaning contest.

And that was the storyline on Friday, as Washington seized a 10-3 decision over Utah, in the second, lowest-scoring contest in the history of college football’s conference championship games.

“We played them before, watched them on tape get better, and you got two kind of old school defenses that don’t give up much,” Washington head coach Chris Petersen said.

TV ratings may have suffered, and the referees and Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott weren’t welcomed by the second smallest crowd in the eight year history of the game, but this was a war between two top defenses and their offensive counterparts, desperate not to make a mistake that could prevent their defense from winning the game on a big play.

That play came in the final minutes of the third quarter, and after the Utes fought admirably to gain a 3-3 tie despite committing a pair of turnovers, and operating with Jason Shelley, an inexperienced redshirt freshman quarterback and a run game that the Huskies had rendered useless.

With 1:05 remaining in the quarter, Shelley’s well-positioned pass attempt to Siaosi Mariner could have been caught, but instead bounded out of Mariner’s hands then off his leg and up in the air. Washington corner Byron Murphy found himself with the ball accessible and 66 yards of friendly turf behind it.

“The opportunity was there,” Murphy recounted. “I just had to make sure I took it.”

Murphy’s interception and return–the game’s only touchdown–became the decider as the corner’s teammates provided one or two, key downfield blocks.

“When I saw him cut back, I was like, ‘please keep going,'” Petersen said.

Washington’s offense–explosive and prolific two years ago, and now conservative and pragmatic despite having the same quarterback, senior Jake Browning–remained content to play a supporting role before and after Murphy’s game-changer.

The Huskies mounted four lengthy drives that amounted to one Payton Henry 29-yard field goal a couple of minutes before halftime. More interested in first downs (19), than points (3), Browning directed the offense beautifully with the exception of Javelin Guidry’s interception at the start of the second quarter.

Washington’s 306 yards in total offense wouldn’t normally impress anyone. But Petersen was appreciative, and he commended Browning and the offense in the face of the Husky fanbase that expected more, especially from Browning.

“It’s a hard process when you get anointed before you earn anything,” Petersen said of Washington’s 10-3 season that didn’t result in a National Championship berth, but sends the Huskies to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena for the first time since 2000.

“It hasn’t been easy,” Petersen said.

Utah failed to exceed their previous post-season history that’s littered with appearances in minor bowl games, many in bowls that no longer exist, with the exception being their 2005 Fiesta Bowl appearance under Urban Meyer and quarterback Alex Smith. But with less than 200 yards in total offense, the Utes suffered a painful outcome, a couple of significant casualties, including top receiver Britain Covey, who was injured returning the second half kickoff.

Covey would watch the rest of the game from the sidelines needing the assistance of crutches.

“We made some plays, we missed some opportunities,” Utes offensive linemen Jackson Barton said. “We’re a good football team. We couldn’t pull it out tonight.”

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham complained noticeably after the Utes’ final offensive snap, an incomplete pass on 4th and 12 again involving Shelley, Mariner and Murphy. This time Murphy clearly contacted Mariner before the ball arrived, and a pass interference call or a catch would have set up Utah with a first down in Washington territory with a minute remaining. But the refs declined to make and call, denying the Utes an opportunity to tie and possibly force overtime.

“I don’t know what I can say. Wouldn’t you be upset?” Whittingham said.

Upset? Sure. But maybe resigned as well. In two ballgames against the Huskies this season, Utah scored a grand total of 10 points (21-7 loss at Salt Lake City on September 15).

A correct call by the officials flagging Murphy would have produced a first down, but ultimately could have compounded the frustration for Whittingham and the Utes.

 

Cardinal have to get ready for the Huskies in yet another Pac-12 matchup

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By: Ana Kieu

In case you missed it, the Stanford Cardinal dropped a heartbreaker to the Washington State Cougars 41-38 last Saturday. But the now-unranked Cardinal can’t sulk over that tough loss as they’re set to travel to the Pacific Northwest to take on the No. 10 Washington Huskies, who most recently lost 12-10 to the California Golden Bears last Saturday.

Before we get to the must-have facts on the Saturday matchup, we’d like to wish Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper a happy belated birthday. Hooper turned 23 on Oct. 29. Hooper attended Stanford University and De La Salle High School (Concord, Calif.) before becoming a third-round pick at the 2016 NFL Draft. Hooper is a native of San Ramon, Calif.

Here are facts on the Saturday matchup:

The basics
Stanford Cardinal (5-3, 3-2 Pac-12)
#RV/19 Washington Huskies (6-3, 4-2 Pac-12)
Nov. 3, 2018 at 6 p.m. PT
Husky Stadium (70,183) in Seattle, Wash.

Television
Live national broadcast on Pac-12 Network with Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play), Anthony Herron (analyst) and Lewis Johnson (sideline).

Radio
Live coverage on Stanford’s flagship station–KNBR 1050 AM–with Scott Reiss ’93 (play-by-play), Todd Husak ’00 (analyst) and John Platz ’84 (sideline). The broadcast begins one hour before kickoff with the Cardinal Tailgate Show and concludes with the postgame Cardinal Locker Room Report.

The game can also be heard on Stanford student radio– KZSU 90.1 FM–and online at kzsulive.stanford.edu.

Oh, the internet
GoStanford.com

GoHuskies.com

#GoStanford

What should I know?
1 • Stanford is 5-0 this season when forcing at least one turnover, and 0-3 when not forcing a turnover.

3 • Stanford’s three losses this season have come against the AP’s No. 3, No. 10 and No. 16th-ranked teams in the nation (Notre Dame, Utah and Washington State). Those three teams have a combined record of 21-3 (.875) this season–and one of those losses was head-to-head (Washington State over Utah).

6 • One of the most disciplined teams in the nation, Stanford has the sixth-fewest penalty yards in the nation this year with just 38.13 per game–also the fewest in the Pac-12.

7 • Don’t expect many points immediately after halftime. Stanford has not allowed more than seven points in any third quarter this season. The Cardinal has only allowed 20 third-quarter points in its first eight games—currently ranked eighth in the nation in third quarter points allowed, while Washington ranks sixth.

10 • Stanford has won 10 of the last 13 matchups against Washington.

11 • Senior wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside ranks second nationally–and first among Pac-12 players–with 11 receiving touchdowns. That’s the second-most in a season in Stanford history and the most receiving touchdowns for a Cardinal in 38 years–Ken Margerum had 11 in 1980, while James Lofton set the school record with 14 in 1978.

13 • In addition to his 48 receptions and 743 receiving yards this season, Arcega-Whiteside has drawn 13 penalties this year–11 pass interference and two holding calls for 175 penalty yards (nearly two penalties and 22 yards per game).

15 • Sophomore cornerback Paulson Adebo ranks second nationally with 15 pass breakups and third in the NCAA with 2.0 passes defended/game. Adebo ranks atop the Pac-12 in both categories.

20 • Junior quarterback K.J. Costello ranks among the Top 20 nationally in completion percentage (19th), passing efficiency (20th), passing touchdowns (18th), passing yards (16th), passing yards per game (17th) and yards per attempt (20th). He leads the Pac-12 in efficiency (155.9) and is second in the conference in passing yards (2,165) and yards per attempt (8.52).

34 • Costello’s 34 completions against Washington State were the sixth-most in a game in school history, and most since Steve Stenstrom had 37 at Notre Dame in 1994.

36 • Sure-handed senior wide receiver Trenton Irwin has at least one reception in 36 consecutive games, a streak that ranks eighth nationally.

52 • With an Oct. 18 victory at Arizona State, head coach David Shaw earned his 52nd Pac-12 win, surpassing Washington’s James Phelan (1930-41) for 15th-most conference victories. Shaw needed only 65 games to achieve 50 conference wins, tied for second-fastest in Pac-12 history (USC’s Pete Carroll reached the 50-win mark through 60 league games)

90 • Stanford’s 90 wins this decade rank fifth nationally and the most of any private school, ahead of TCU (78), USC (77) and Notre Dame (76).

253 • Senior inside linebacker Ryan Beecher was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma on Dec. 21, 2017. His final chemotherapy session came on June 4, 2018, and he returned to action in Stanford’s season opener against San Diego State on Aug. 31, 2018, a span of 253 days after his diagnosis.

2011 • Since Shaw’s first season in 2011, Stanford has…

• 78 wins represent the winningest stretch in program history

• 78 wins ranks sixth nationally

• .765 winning pct. ranks sixth nationally

• .860 road winning pct. ranks seventh nationally

• .625 winning pct. vs. AP-ranked opponents ranks fifth nationally

• .776 conference winning pct. is the best of any Pac-12 program

• 52 conference wins are the most of any Pac-12 program

3,546 • Senior running back Bryce Love ranks fourth nationally among active players with 3,546 yards rushing. This also ranks fourth on Stanford’s all-time career list.

.900 • Junior kicker Jet Toner’s .900 field goal percentage (9-of-10) ranks 10th in the nation and first among Pac-12 players.

Stanford Cardinal defeats Washington Huskies 94-78 for the ​second time this season; That’s two straight wins in a row for Stanford

photo by gostanford.com: Stanford Cardinal Travis Reid (22) led Stanford in offense on Thursday night at Maples Pavilion with 33 points

By Alexandra Evans

PALO ALTO—After defeating their archrivals, the California Golden Bears, in Berkeley on Sunday, the Stanford Cardinal Men’s Basketball team (15-13 overall, 9-6 in the Pac-12) returned to Maples Pavillion on Thursday night to face the Washington Huskies (18-10 overall, 8-7 in the Pac-12), whom they beat 73-64 in mid-January on the road. Both teams were 8-6 in the Pac-12 conference going into the match.

Humphrey made the first basket for the Cardinal and Noah Dickerson for the Huskies. The Cardinal kept a lead over the Huskies for the entire first half, which gradually increased as the period progressed. The Huskies started trailing the Cardinal by the double digits 5:29 in after forward Dorian Pickens made a three-pointer.

Huskies’ Dominic Green cut Stanford’s lead back into the single digits at 10:28, but only for 19 seconds, when Stanford’s Reid Travis made a jumper. The lead remained in the double digits from there on out. At the end of the period, the Cardinal exceeded the Huskies by 22 points.

Travis ended the period with 23 points, the highest on the team, and Pickens, Travis’ runner-up, finished the opening stanza with 12 points. Dickerson led the Huskies with 10 points, followed by Jaylen Nowell who had seven.

The second period began with a jumper from Pickens to make the score 50-26. The Huskies began inching their way toward cutting the Cardinal’s lead below 20 (and they came close at the four-minute mark when David Crisp got a layup to make the score 56-36), but the Cardinal held on as Oscar da Silva made a three-pointer at the five minute mark, keeping them ahead of the Huskies by more than 20 points.

Da Silva made one of three free throws just after the seven-minute mark to bring the score to 62-42. Daejon Davis (who was originally committed to the University of Washington) then stepped in for da Silva.

Dominic Green made a jumper for the Huskies to bring the Cardinal’s lead down to 18 points. Additionally, after Josh Sharma was fouled, Nahziah Carter made both free throws to cut the lead to 16 points. Then, Green made a three-pointer with 11 minutes remaining on the clock, and the Huskies trailed only by 13 (62-49), the closest they’d get to a single digit lead since early in the first half.

After much back and forth in the three minutes that followed, a dunk from Humphrey, a three-pointer from Pickens, a layup from da Silva, two free throws from Pickens, and a three-pointer from da Silva, the Cardinal inched their way back up to a 19-point lead, then 21 after da Silva made a dunk. Crisp made a three-pointer for the Huskies, followed by a layup from Humphrey for the Cardinals, and then another three-pointer from Matisse Thybulle brought the score to 78-62.

Carter chimed in on the three-pointer action and shot one for the Huskies with just over 6 minutes remaining in the match, and the score was 80-65. Nowell got a layup with 5:19 remaining and the lead was once again cut to 13 points, and then increased to 14 after Pickens made one of two free throws for the Cardinal.

Travis stepped on the line for a bonus one-and-one, making both shots to bring the score to 83-67. Carter then made a free throw (83-68) for the Huskies.

Carter was fouled with just over four and a half minutes remaining, giving Travis two free throw opportunities, both of which he made. Carter made a three-pointer for the Huskies before his teammate Hameir Wright was fouled, giving Davis two free throws; he made one to make the score 87-71.

A three-pointer from Thybulle cut the Cardinal’s lead to 12, then KZ Okpala made one of two free throws from Stanford to make it 13 once again. Carter missed a three-pointer which would have brought the lead down to 10 points.

The Cardinal closed out their win with one free throw from Travis and another from Okpala.

Travis earned a career high in points and led the Cardinal with 33, and Pickens finished second with 20 points. Nowell led the Huskies with 18 points, followed by Carter with 17.

Stanford will face the Washington State Cougars on Saturday, February 24, which is also Senior Day. Pickens and Humphrey will be honored for their contribution to Cardinal Basketball.