Jan 5, 2002
Berkeley, Calif. - Stanford did not have much trouble putting away California on Friday. The 12th-ranked Cardinal will look for a similar performance on Sunday when they complete their season series with the Bears.
With leading scorers Casey Jacobsen and Curtis Borchardt held to a combined 16 points, junior guard Julius Barnes carried the load on Friday, scoring a career-high 27 points, as Stanford (8-2, 1-0 Pac-10) cruised to an 82-62 win over Cal (9-2, 0-1) at Maples Pavilion.
"He's been better and more consistent," Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said of Barnes. "He used to be very streaky, but the ball is coming off his hands nicely now. The ball has been going in for him."
With the win, Stanford has now taken its last 10 meetings against Cal, meaning that none of the current Bears have ever beaten the Cardinal. When the two teams meet on Sunday at Haas Pavilion, it will mark the first time they've played back-to-back games since the end of the 1989-90 regular season. It's also the first time Cal and Stanford have ever opened conference play with a home-and-home series.
While the Bears allowed Barnes to get the better of them on Friday, they were successful in their attempt to stifle Stanford's two biggest guns, Jacobsen and Borchardt. Jacobsen, a first-team All-America selection last season, averages a team-high 20.6 points, while Borchardt is second on the squad with 16.2 per game.
"You'd think teams coming in would be pleased with a defensive effort like that on Casey and Curtis," Cal coach Ben Braun said. "Not against Stanford. They're too deep. Barnes and (Matt) Lottich hit some wondrous shots. That distanced Stanford from us specifically."
Since being upset by Brigham Young on Dec. 22, 2001, the Cardinal have won two straight, including a 75-64 victory over Michigan State on Dec. 29.
Stanford will be playing just its second road game of the season, having beaten New Mexico 81-66 on Nov. 17.
Before losing to Stanford on Friday, Cal had won five straight. Returning to Haas Pavilion, however, should be a boost to the Bears. They have won nine straight and 12 of their last 13 at home.
Junior forward Joe Shipp, who averages a team-high 14.9 points, scored 15 on Friday. It was his seventh consecutive game in double figures, the best stretch of his career.
Cal leads the all-time series with Stanford 132-103.