BERKELEY, Calif. – Ivan Rabb had 25 points and 13 rebounds and California pulled away late in the second half to beat Stanford 66-55 on Sunday.
Jabari Bird added 17 points to help the Golden Bears (15-6, 6-3 Pac-12) win in front of a standing-room-only crowd following an eight-day break.
Rabb overcame a sluggish start and scored 15 points in the second half, including eight over the final six minutes to go with a key block down the stretch. Rabb shot 7 of 9 from the floor and made 9 of 14 free throws while finishing one point shy of his career high.
Reid Travis scored 17 points and Michael Humphrey added 10 points and nine rebounds for Stanford (11-10, 3-6). The Cardinal lost to their cross-bay rivals for only the third time in the last nine games.
Stanford was within 51-45 following a pair of free throws by Humphrey with 6:11 left before Rabb’s late burst helped the Bears pull away.
Rabb scored six straight points for the Bears including four free throws. Grant Mullins followed with a 3-pointer and Kameron Rooks had a free throw before Rabb’s emphatic dunk pushed California’s lead to 63-48.
That was big on a night when the Bears made only 18 of 31 free throws.
Stanford had its own shooting problems and lost its second straight following a three-game winning streak.
Neither team shot well in the first half until Rabb helped shake the Bears out of their funk.
California’s leading scorer since missing the first two games of the season, Rabb took only one shot in the first 11 minutes before scoring eight points as part of a 13-2 run.
After Bird’s alley-oop dunk later pushed the Bears lead to 25-20, Stanford scored the final five points of the half including Humphrey’s tying 3-pointer with two seconds left.
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