Bears Suffer Massacre at Maples

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STANFORD - If there was ever any doubt about the margin of defeat Saturday afternoon, all you had to do was listen.

Listen to Stanford's David Moseley swish three-pointer after three-pointer.

Listen to the hoarse voices of Sean Lampley and Shantay Legans as they tried to rally the Bears back. Tried.

Listen to the Cardinal's Sixth Man Club ingrain into Cal's head exactly how much it was losing by.

"Down-by-thirty," with 15:57 remaining in the second half.

"Down-by-forty," less than two minutes later.

"Seven touchdowns," with 7:04 left and the Bears down, 86-37.

And the mathematically inclined saved their best - and most accurate - for last.

The Cardinal's Jason Collins had just nailed two free throws for the 49-point, seven-touchdown lead. Collins hustled back on defense, blocked a shot by Shahar Gordon, and then proceeded to throw down an emphatic slam dunk on the other end of the court.

"Down-by-fifty one."

The Cal men's basketball team suffered its worse loss in school history Saturday afternoon, losing to No. 2 Stanford at Maples Pavilion, 101-50. It was the Cardinal's largest margin of victory in a Pac-10 game and third-biggest win ever.

And it was just one of those days.

"(Stanford coach Mike) Montgomery said to me, ‘Hey, we just had one of those games,'" Bears coach Ben Braun said. "And I said, ‘Yeah, so did we.' Stanford played their best basketball, and we played, as the game went on, not our best basketball."

"The game" was only a game for about the first 10 minutes, when Cal used a tenacious defense to force the Card into four turnovers within a five-minute span.

Lampley led the way for the Bears, posting up Stanford forward Mark Madsen for six points in the game's first six minutes. Cal trailed by just three points with 11:36 remaining in the first half.

But things quickly turned sour after that. Lampley

committed five turnovers - including three traveling violations - and the Bears had no answer for Moseley's torrid shooting. By the time the halftime buzzer sounded, Cal was down and out, 50-23.

"We lost our composure when we got down, and things kind of snowballed from there," Braun said. "We seemed to press even more and played out of frustration, and that's something I haven't seen all year."

Moseley torched the Bears for a career-high 28 points, nailing several wide-open shots as Cal scrambled to double team the Cardinal's big men. He made 10-of-12 shots from the field and 5-of-7 from three-point range, all in 20 minutes.

"We worked all week on rotating out of (Cal's) double team, on cutting and spotting up," Montgomery said. "We anticipated that, and David was obviously feeling it."

Moseley also had plenty of offensive support. Freshman Casey Jacobsen - who made just 4-of-13 shots when the teams met in January - rebounded with a 15-point, five assist effort Saturday.

Lampley scored 10 points for the Bears to go along with two rebounds and seven turnovers. No one else on Cal's squad managed to score in double digits.

"We couldn't get anything going offensively," Lampley said. "(But) we've been a pretty good defensive team the whole season, and I never imagined we could be beat like that."

While the game will go down as just one loss in the record books, The Bears defeat may have greater ramifications on their hope for an NCAA Tournament berth.

With just six games left in their regular season, Cal must now win four games to finish with a .500 conference record. But even if the Bears should rally and secure a 9-9 record in the Pac-10, will the NCAA selection committee put extra weight on this loss?

Said the point guard Legans: "I would hope not, but a 51-point loss looks pretty bad."


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