Harper Kamp's face turned red and his eyes welled with tears as he described California's tumble from the Pac-12 tournament's top seed to possibly needing to play its way back into the NCAA tournament.
STANFORD, Calif. — Harper Kamp’s face turned red and his eyes welled with tears as he described California’s tumble from the Pac-12 tournament’s top seed to possibly needing to play its way back into the NCAA tournament.
Leave it to the Bay Area rivalry to produce such emotions.
Chasson Randle scored 17 points, Aaron Bright of Bellevue had 12 points and hit some big free throws in the final minute, and Stanford denied rival California a share of the league’s regular-season title with a 75-70 victory on Sunday.
After losing at Colorado last week, the Golden Bears (23-8, 13-5) have suddenly dropped two straight for the first time all season and with little time to recoup.
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“Our team just isn’t focused enough,” Kamp said, his voice cracking.
Stanford (20-10, 10-8) stole the spotlight in an instant.
Andrew Zimmermann added 13 points and made both of his three-point attempts to help the Cardinal build a 15-point lead it never surrendered. Stanford also sealed a 20-win season for the first time since coach Johnny Dawkins’ opening year in 2008-09 and enjoyed nothing more than shattering its cross-bay rival’s championship dreams.
“They came in knowing that it meant more to them, but as a program, it meant a lot to us too,” said Zimmermann. “We needed to come in and build some momentum and prove to ourselves that we’re one of the better teams in this conference.”
Allen Crabbe scored 20 points and Kamp added 19 points and seven rebounds as the Bears fell short of sharing the conference crown with Washington and securing the top seed in the league tournament.
“We looked nervous. We played nervous. We acted nervous,” said a frustrated Cal coach Mike Mongtomery. “I’m not sure some of the guys knew how to handle what we were up against.”
Other men’s game
At Arizona State 87,
Jonathan Gilling scored a career-high 21 points and shot 5 of 6 from three-point range as the Sun Devils dealt a severe blow to the Wildcats’ hopes for an at-large NCAA tournament berth.
Carrick Felix scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half for the Sun Devils (10-20, 6-12 Pac-12), who finished the game with six free throws in the final 30.9 seconds.
Kyle Fogg had 23 points for the Wildcats (21-10, 12-6) but was 7 of 17 shooting.
at California 61
Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists, Toni Kokenis scored 23 points, and the second-ranked Cardinal wrapped up its third straight unbeaten league season.
Chiney Ogwumike added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Cardinal (28-1, 18-0 Pac-12), which won its 25th in a row overall and eighth straight against the Golden Bears (22-8, 13-5).