After sweeping UCLA and Southern Cal over the weekend, the Cal and Stanford men’s basketball teams sit atop the Pac-12 Conference.
Stanford (12-2, 2-0 Pac-12) started conference play by getting a game-saving block from Josh Huestis in the final three seconds to get the 60-59 win over the Bruins.
The Cardinal followed it up by holding USC to 43 points and 34.8 percent shooting in a 51-43 win.
“I thought it was one of our best defensive efforts, especially with the way we started the game off,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. “They got off to a quick start and our kids really dug down and defended well for the remainder of the game.”
Stanford held the two Southern California schools to a combined 37 percent shooting and has held four of its past five opponents to fewer than 60 points.
Aaron Bright scored 16 in each of its games over the weekend.
Cal (12-3, 2-0 Pac-12) won a close game against USC before breaking it open for a 16-point win over UCLA in which the Golden Bears shot 65 percent from the field.
“We really passed the ball, and distributed it, well,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. “When you can do that, and when you’re unselfish, and when you can recognize who’s defending, who’s helping, and who’s open, it just makes everybody’s job that much easier.”
Cal had six players score in double figures against the Bruins, led by Allen Crabbe with 20. Jorge Gutierrez had 16 points and eight assists.
Cal and Stanford are two of five Pac-12 teams with 10 or more wins and the pair will hit the road to face Oregon (10-4, 1-1 Pac-12) and Oregon State (10-4, 0-2 Pac-12) this week.
Ups and downs: The Stanford women’s basketball team (11-1, 2-0 Pac-12) opened up conference play collecting two more wins, extending its win streak to eight. Nnemkadi and Chiney Ogwumike both picked up back-to-back double-doubles against UCLA and USC.
Across the Bay, Cal struggled in dropping its Pac-12 opener against UCLA and then getting pummeled by USC. The Trojans held Cal (9-5, 0-2 Pac-12) to 26.8 percent shooting from the field and 27 percent from 3-point range.