Cardinal sweep Washington schools, beat WSU 75-57

photo from The Stanford Cardinal’s Oscar da Silva (13) dribbles down court against the University of Washington Cougars on Sunday in Pullman.

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Sunday, February 23, 2020

Stanford kept its hopes alive for a possible at-large bid for the NCAA tournament on Sunday with a 75-57 verdict over Washington State in Pac-12 men’s basketball at Pullman, Wash.

It was the Cardinal’s second straight win after losing seven of eight games over the last month going into the weekend. Stanford beat Washington 72-64 on Thursday.

Stanford has won eight consecutive games against WSU, and completed their second sweep of the Washington-based schools in three years.

Oscar da Silva and Daejon Davis scored 19 and 17 points, respectively, to lead the Cardinal (18-9 overall, 7-7 Pac-12). Da Silva was 6 of 10 from the field and pulled down 10 rebounds, giving him his sixth double-double of the season. Davis shot 6 of 12 from the field.

Washington State (14-14, 5-10) lost its fourth game in a row. CJ Elleby led the Cougars with 22 points and 10 rebounds. WSU has been without starting point guard Isaac Bonton in the last three games due to injury, and the offense has suffered – the Cougars have not taken a lead in the last two games.

The Cardinal led by as many as 14 points in the first half, eventually going on a 15-1 run to take a 31-19 lead at 3:10 of the half. WSU reeled off a 10-3 run – which started and ended with a 3-pointer by Elleby – to pull within 36-29 at the break.

Stanford opened the second half with a 9-1 run, building a 45-33 lead. The Cougars responded with an 8-0 run, and after Stanford went 5 ½ minutes without a field goal, WSU cut the Cardinal lead to 47-43 at 11:30 of the second half.

The Cardinal began pulling away, then went on a 10-0 run with 5:27 remaining to build a 65-48 lead.

The Cardinal return home this week for key games against Utah on Wednesday and Colorado on Sunday.

Cal Bears basketball podcast with Michael Duca: Cal stays competitive despite being towards bottom in offense

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Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 The Bears who are at the bottom of NCAA basketball team in offense didn’t look like a team that’s struggling as they got a road win in Pullman defeating Washington State 66-57.

#2 Paris Austin, Andre Kelly and Matt Bradley combined for 46 points for Cal that contribution helped accelerate the offense and Austin, Kelly and Bradley had some great opportunities to take some great shots.

#3 The win marks the first time they’ve won on the road this season what do the Bears need to do to win games on the road?

#4 Cal head coach Mark Fox said, “For this team, no one gave them a chance to have much success so any time that they have some I want them to enjoy it and understand how they found that success so they can build on it,”

#5 Fox said this was a win that he hopes will create some momentum going into Seattle this Saturday at Washington

Join Michael will be moving to the San Francisco Giants podcasts next week and Morris Phillips will have Cal Bears podcasts each Monday at


Stanford Cardinal basketball podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Cardinal on win streak roll face USC on Saturday photo: UCLA and Stanford last met up last season before facing each other last night at Pauley Pavilion

On the Cardinal podcast with Jerry F:

#1 After that tough loss to Kansas (13-3) on Dec 29th the Stanford Cardinal (15-2) have turned tide with four straight wins over Cal (8-8), Washington (11-6), Washington State (10-7) and UCLA (8-8) they’ve been on fire.

#2 The Cardinal had three scorers in double figures last night at UCLA Tyrell Terry (24), Spencer Jones (14), and Bryce Wills (10)

#3 The win for Stanford at Pauley Pavilion marked the first time in 15 years that Stanford had won in that building

#4 The Bruins closed to within one point early in the second half, Stanford went on a 12-2 run to go up 50-39.

#5 Stanford goes after their next challenge and tip off against the USC (13-3) Trojans on Saturday night. The Trojans are no push over and are on a roll.

Jerry Feitleberg does the Stanford podcasts each Thursday at

Cardinal continues Pac-12 dominance over Cougars 88-62 photo: The Stanford Cardinal bench erupts as the Cardinal were victorious over the Washington State Cougars at Maples Pavilion Saturday night

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Stanford continued its dominance over Washington State in Pac-12 men’s basketball on Saturday, as the Cardinal romped to an 88-62 win over the visiting Cougars at Maples Pavilion.

Freshman Tyrell Terry popped in a season-high 22 points and grabbed six rebounds, as the Cardinal (14-2 overall, 3-0 Pac-12) beat WSU for seventh time in eight meetings. The Cougars have lost three of four games to open league play after a six-game nonconference winning streak.

Washington State last won at Stanford in 2011, and the Cougars’ losing streak against the Cardinal goes back to Jan. 31, 2015, when WSU edged Stanford 89-88 in Pullman, Wash.

Carlos da Silva added 15 points – all in the first half – and Isaac White scored 11 points while Bryce Wills chipped in with 10. Though da Silva was 7 of 8 from the field, he didn’t see much action in the second half due to foul trouble.

Isaac Bonton led the Cougars (10-7, 1-3) with 15 points; it was Bonton’s sixth straight game of double-figure scoring. Daron Henson was next for WSU with 12 points, including 4 of 6 on 3-pointers, and Jeff Pollard pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds to go with eight points.

WSU’s CJ Elleby was held to single-digit scoring for the second time this season with a season-low six points. Elleby missed his first seven shots.

Stanford jumped to a 46-18 halftime lead, eventually building a 59-26 lead early in the second half. The 18 points allowed in the first half was the Cardinal’s second-best effort of the season, next to the 16 points allowed to Maryland-Eastern Shore in November.

The Cardinal hit the road on Wednesday, traveling to UCLA. Next Saturday, Washington State will retire Klay Thompson’s No. 1 jersey when UCLA visits Pullman. Thompson, a starter on three NBA championship teams with Golden State, is the Cougars’ second all-time scoring leader (1,756 points).

Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca: Bears go for their first Pac 12 conference win tonight against WSU photo

On the Cal Bears podcast with Michael:

#1 It’s been a while since Cal (6-8) played it’s last basketball game on Jan 2nd at Stanford (12-2) in a game they lost 68-52 they’ve had a lot of practices since that game.

#2 Talk about Grant Anticevich and Matt Bradley and what they brought to the offense for Cal

#3 The Bears have struggled in the second half of recent games they are in Pac 12 Conference play what do they have to do differently to right the ship.

#4 Morris was saying in his last game recap and podcast that the Bears in their lacked a shot they need to get their offense up to speed.

#5 Tonight they have Washington State (9-5) at Haas Pavilion is the Cougars a good opportunity to get that first conference win?

Join Michael for Cal Bears basketball podcasts heard each Thursday at

Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: After Stanford debacle can Bears right the ship against Wazzu Thursday? photo: Grant Anticevich(15) who led the Cal Bears in scoring last Thursday takes the ball on offense at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto

On the Cal Bears podcast with Morris:

#1 Like the headline said in your article regarding the Bears (6-8) offense from last Thursday’s game at Stanford (12-2) the Bears simply didn’t have a shot

#2 The two top scorers for Cal against Stanford were Grant Anticevich with 16 and Matt Bradley with 13

#3 It wasn’t even a contest as Stanford took it 68-52 for head coach Mark Fox lots of Xs and Os but trying to get any kind of inside game on the Cardinal seemed to prove fruitless

#4 The Cardinal forced 18 turnovers and the Bears just couldn’t recover from something like that

#5 Pac 12 Conference play continues this Thursday night as Washington State (10-5) comes to Haas Pavilion can the Bears get back in the win column against the Cougars?

Morris Phillips does the Cal Bears basketball podcasts each Monday at

Huskies, Petersen beat Boise State in Las Vegas Bowl 38-7


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By Shawn McCullough

LAS VEGAS–The Washington Huskies sent their head coach out on a good note.

Washington (8-5) beat up the Mountain West champion Boise State Mustangs 38-7 in the Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Huskies head coach Chris Petersen surprisingly announced his retirement from Washington on December 2nd, but agreed to coach the Huskies for his final game in the Las Vegas Bowl.

“It’s never about one person,” said Petersen about his last game.  “It’s about the team playing really, really well.”

Petersen formerly was the head coach at Boise State and went 92-12 from 2006 to 2013.  He led the Broncos to two undefeated season in 2006 and 2009.

“For us to finish on this note, I just feel really good for the guys that are leaving this program and the guys that are coming back,” said Petersen.

Redshirt junior quarterback Jacob Eason led the Huskies throwing for 210 yards and one touchdown.

“It was awesome just the way this whole team played,” said Eason.  “I play well and this team plays well.  Overall we just played well and efficient and got the result that we wanted.”

The Huskies started the scoring in the first quarter with Eason hitting Andre Baccellia on a slant for a 17 yard touchdown to take a 7-0 lead.

Washington later scored in the second quarter on a pitch sweep to running back Salvon Ahmed, who beat the outside contain and sprinted into the right corner of the end zone to go up 14-0.  The Huskies added a field goal late in the second to go into halftime up 17-0.

“Our guys played hard and they were ready to go out there and play, but as coaches, we didn’t do a good enough job to make the adjustments that we needed to do,” said Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin.  “I am proud of our guys”.

Boise State freshman quarterback Hank Bachmeier struggled in the first half throwing for just 87 yards and two interceptions sparking a quarterback change to redshirt senior Jaylon Henderson.

Henderson led an eleven play, 77 yard drive in the third quarter for the Mustang’s only points of the game on a 10 yard touchdown pass to running back George Holani.

The Mustang loss dropped Boise State to 12-2 on the season, snapping a six game winning streak.

Game Notes:

  • Washington defensive back Elijah Molden was named the game’s MVP with nine tackles and one interception
  • This was the 28th straight and final Las Vegas Bowl played at Sam Boyd Stadium
  • Sam Boyd Stadium seats 36,800
  • The Las Vegas Bowl will move to the currently under construction Allegiant Stadium in 2020, home of the Oakland Raiders and the UNLV Running Rebels

Cougars use big second half to blow away Cardinal, 49-22

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By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Washington State quarterback Anthony Gordon threw for 520 yards and five touchdowns on Saturday, leading the Cougars to a 49-22 Pac-12 football win over Stanford at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash.

The Cougars (5-5 overall, 2-5 Pac-12) had a 19-0 lead in the first half before Stanford could respond. Gordon threw two touchdown passes to Easop Winston Jr. and another to Davontavean Martin.

Stanford’s Davis Mills, who had an impressive passing game himself, rallied the Cardinal (4-6 overall, 3-5 Pac-12) to within 19-14 in the second quarter with touchdown passes of 28 yards to Simi Fehoko and 23 yards to Michael Wilson.

Blake Mazza, who missed two early PAT kicks, booted a 35-yard field goal to give WSU a 22-14 halftime lead.

Mazza kicked a 38-yard field goal at 6:35 of the third quarter, giving the Cougars an 11-point lead. But Stanford pulled to within 25-22 just over two minutes later when Mills connected with Fehoko on a 10-yard scoring pass. Cameron Scott added a 2-point conversion run.

That’s as close as the Cardinal would get. At 3:29 of the third quarter, Gordon’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Arconado ignited a 24-point run to pull away.

In the fourth quarter, a Mazza 35-yard field goal, Gordon’s TD pass to Max Borghi — his fifth of the day — and Borghi’s 4-yard touchdown run completed WSU’s scoring.

Gordon completed 44 of 60 passes with one interception and was sacked twice. Mills threw 50 times, completing 33 for 504 yards and three touchdowns with two picks and two sacks.

Stanford’s running game was nearly nonexistent, with 16 net rushing yards. Borghi ran 15 times for 111 yards, leading WSU.

Connor Wedington led Cardinal pass receivers with eight catches for 119 yards. Wilson caught five passes for 114 yards. Fehoko had 92 receiving yards on three receptions, and Colby Parkinson caught five passes for 80 yards.

Arconado had nine receptions for 148 yards to lead the Cougars. Winston Jr. caught a game-high 11 passes for 107 yards,

The Cardinal return home this Saturday (11/23) to host California for this year’s edition of The Big Game, Kickoff is at 1 p.m. PST.

Healthier, Wealthier: Bears finally cash in with 33-20 win over WSU ending four-game slide

By Morris Phillips

BERKELEY, Calif. — Well, we knew coming in that previously ranked Washington State and Cal are pretty good football teams except when they aren’t.

The Cougs look bad when they can’t stop anybody, and when the Bears struggle they can’t score.  Those two storylines grew old in Pullman and Berkeley with all the losing. Since late September when WSU and Cal were both undefeated and nationally ranked, the two clubs combined for a 1-8 record.

So Saturday’s matchup offered redemption for one of the two teams, and more of the same for the other.

Who gained the upper hand?

Cal did, winning 33-20, as they welcomed back injured, offensive starters Michael Saffell, Kekoa Crawford and Devon Modster, three big reasons the Bears put up a season-best 33 points, one game after they were shutout in Salt Lake City.

“It just shows a lot of grit, coming off of a four-game losing streak,” said Modster, who threw for three scores and ran for another. “Our spirits didn’t die. We came out to work every day, and I think it showed tonight.”

The Bears scored just 24 points total in their previous three losses, but needed all of 45 seconds to find the end zone on Saturday night. Jaylinn Hawkins picked off Anthony Gordon’s first pass attempt of the game, and Christopher Brown Jr. covered 27 yards on a touchdown run one play later.

Any illusions that Cal was going to erase all its ills immediately were wiped out on the extra-point attempt when WSU’s George Hicks III scooped up a blocked kick and raced the length of the field for two points for the Cougars.

When is a touchdown not worth seven points on the scoreboard? In this case, when the Bears’ faulty place-kicking game gets involved. In that case, seven points is effectively reduced to four.

Defensively, the Bears were on point from the start, not only with Hawkins interception, but by getting off the field in a timely matter on Washington State’s next two possessions. But after tight end Gavin Reinwald fumbled trying to get extra yardage after a catch, WSU had a short field, and drew within a point on Drew Mazza’s 30-yard field goal.

Giving away points to a normally prolific WSU offense could have spelled disaster. Trailing only 6-5 after a lackluster beginning may have been the Cougars signal to bury Cal offensively, but it wasn’t. WSU committed too many penalties (10), couldn’t run the ball (16 yards on just 14 attempts) and didn’t do enough in the pass game despite racking up 407 yards passing on Gordon’s 58 pass attempts.

Instead, Cal limited WSU’s receivers after the catch, came up with Hawkins’ pick and a fumble recovery, along with a key stop early in the fourth quarter that preserved Cal’s 20-14 lead.

Meanwhile, the Bears took after halftime, as the Cougs imploded, building on their 13-11 lead at the break with a couple of big plays, most significantly, Makai Polk’s 52-yard catch-and-run that put Cal up 26-14 with 6:15 remaining. Polk, the freshman from Richmond, had just three catches all season prior to his touchdown, a moment of brilliance that saw Modster recognize the defense pre-snap, then have Polk take advantage after catching a simple screen pass.

“They were (in) cover zero and I knew it was going to be a big gain, but I didn’t know if it was going to be a touchdown or not,” Modster recalled. “But right when I threw it I saw a huge hole and Makai just did all the rest.”

The Bears are back in the postseason mix if they can gain at least one more win in their final three games. USC comes to Berkeley on Saturday, then the Bears visit Stanford. Both teams have been vulnerable at points this season, and Cal could benefit greatly if that resurfaces for either opponent. Bringing to an end the nine consecutive losses to Stanford probably is especially enticing to the Bears.


March Madness NCAAB podcast with Michelle Richardson: Top schools Virginia and NC; plus Tenn, Kentucky, and Duke

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On the March Madness NCAAB podcast with Michelle:

#1 Michelle, talk about some the top ranked schools in March Madness, Virginia and North Carolina.

#2 Talk about the Tennessee Vols (5), Kentucky Wildcats (6), and Duke Blue Devils (10).

#3 The Washington State Cougars (11-20) finished up their season with Oregon State Beavers (18-12) they’ve lost four in a row. What is the best thing they can expect out of the Pac-12 Tournament?

Michelle’s Final Thoughts

Michelle does the NCAAB podcast each Sunday at