Bears rebound after falling to Cardinal in regular-season finale Jorge Gutierrez scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half and recorded seven assists as Cal defeated rival Stanford 77-71 Thursday in the Pac-12 quarterfinals in Los Angeles, exacting a bit of revenge after the Cardinal beat the Bears on Sunday in the regular-season finale.
Harper Kamp scored 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting, and Justin Cobbs added 15 points as second-seeded Cal (24-8) snapped a two-game losing skid.
Andrew Zimmermann scored a career-best 22 points, and Chasson Randle tallied 19 points for seventh-seeded Stanford (21-11).
Cal advances to today’s semifinal at 8:30 p.m. against the winner of Thursday’s late game between Oregon and Colorado.
Allen Crabbe’s basket with 4:39 to play snapped a 62-62 tie to begin an 11-2 Cal spurt. Gutierrez’s three-point play with 2:31 left finished the flurry.
Cal opened the second half with a 15-3 run to erase a seven-point halftime deficit. A basket by Gutierrez tied the score at 33-33, and Crabbe culminated the surge with a 3-pointer to give the Golden Bears a five-point advantage with 15:59 to play.
Stanford tied the score at 56 on two free throws by Randle with 8:09 remaining.
Crabbe scored 11 points and David Kravish added 10 points for the Golden Bears.
Zimmermann had nine first-half points and the Cardinal forced 14 turnovers en route to a 30-23 halftime advantage. The Golden Bears committed just three turnovers in the second half.
The loss eliminated any chance for the Cardinal (21-11) to get to the NCAA Tournament, and hurt Stanford’s chances for the NIT.
If not the NIT, the College Basketball Invitational, a tournament Stanford played in three years ago, would be an option.
NOTES: Cal scored 54 points and shot 57.7 percent from the field in the second half ... Randle had just five first-half points after setting a tournament record with 27 one day earlier against Arizona State ... Zimmermann’s previous career-high was 14 points.