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Rabb's big night gives Cal bragging rights over Stanford

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Rabb's big night gives Cal bragging rights over Stanford

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BERKELEY -- Ivan Rabb's plan to go aggressively at Stanford didn't exactly get off to an encouraging start when he was limited to one shot in the first 11 minutes.

California's leading scorer finally got going after an alley-oop dunk midway through the first half, and the Golden Bears followed along.

Rabb had 25 points and 13 rebounds and California pulled away late in the second half to beat Stanford 66-55 on Sunday.

"My plan was to come out aggressive early but the ball just wasn't coming my way at first," Rabb said. "Guys were getting good shots so I can't complain about that. I was just trying to play the game the right way."

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.

The win moves California into a three-way tie for third place in the Pac-12 along with No. 8 UCLA and Utah.

"I think we're growing," Rabb said after the Bears fifth win in the past six games. "In the first half the shots weren't going in but they looked good, they felt good."

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.

"For us offensively we have to flow through (Rabb)," California coach Cuonzo Martin said. "He settles in, sees how the double-team is coming and he makes plays from there."

Stanford had its own shooting problems and lost its second straight following a three-game winning streak.

"They did a nice job of adjusting and getting the ball into the paint more," said Stanford coach Jerod Haase, who played for the Bears in 1992-93. "That opened up angles for them and gave Rabb good looks."

Neither team shot well in the first half until Rabb helped shake the Bears out of their funk.

RABB GOES DEEP

Rabb is trying to extend his game beyond the arc and is slowly making progress in that area. The 6-foot-11 sophomore made two 3-pointers to tie for the team-high, and is 6 of 11 from long range this year after attempting only two 3s his entire freshman season. "That's a shot we wanted him to take last year because he can shoot it," Martin said. "I expect him to shoot those."

BIG PICTURE

Stanford: Travis continues to be bothered by a right shoulder injury and went 7 of 15 from the floor but scored 10 straight points during one stretch in the second half. He had missed four of the previous six games because of the injury. ... Overall, the Cardinal shot just 38.8 percent as a team and committed 15 turnovers.

California: The Bears continue to be plagued by inconsistency, an ongoing issue. Cal made the opening basket but went scoreless for the next six minutes. ... It's Rabb's 10th double-double in 18 games after a late start to the season due to a toe injury. ... Bird moved past Joe Shipp into eighth place on the school's career 3-point list (158).

UP NEXT

Stanford: Returns to Maples Pavilion and will play Colorado on Thursday. The Cardinal haven't beaten the Buffs since 2011-12.

California: Hosts Utah on Thursday. The Utes have won five of the last six games between the two schools, including twice in overtime.

Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal

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Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal

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PALO ALTO — Bryce Love rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown despite missing most of the fourth quarter after aggravating an ankle injury, and No. 20 Stanford held off California 17-14 on Saturday to keep its Pac-12 title hopes alive.

K.J. Costello completed 17 of 26 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown, Ben Edwards made a key interception in the fourth quarter and Cameron Scarlett rushed for 49 yards on the final drive in place of Love to help the Cardinal (8-3, 7-2 Pac-12) milk the clock and win its eighth straight Big Game.

Stanford can earn a spot in the Pac-12 championship game against USC but needs some help.

The Cardinal can get there if No. 15 Washington State loses to No. 16 Washington next week. If the Cougars — who beat Stanford 24-21 on Nov. 4 — beat the Huskies, they get the nod because of the tiebreaker.

The nation's leading rusher going into the game, Love was held in check most of the game by Cal's defense and sat out the final 11:43 after re-injuring his ankle that has bothered him for the past month. He did stay on the field long enough to score a 57-yard touchdown — his 11th run of 50 yards or longer this season.

Scarlett, Love's primary backup all season, also came up big for Stanford. Scarlett rushed for 61 yards, the majority coming on the Cardinal's last drive that took the final 7:25. Scarlett's 2-yard gain on 4th-and-1 kept the drive going.

Patrick Laird ran for 153 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries while Ross Bowers passed for 182 yards and a touchdown for California. The Golden Bears (5-6, 2-6) need a win in their final game to become bowl eligible in coach Justin Wilcox's first season.

THE TAKEAWAY

California: The Bears made the Cardinal sweat and kept the game a lot closer than many thought possible. Wilcox's defense did a good job bottling up Love most of the game but couldn't stop Scarlett on the final drive which was huge. Still, there are plenty of positives for Cal to take out of this one.

Stanford: It wasn't the best game for David Shaw's team but the Cardinal gritted it out and held off a pesky Cal team that had plenty to play for. The conference title can still happen but before that Stanford has a pretty big game coming up against Notre Dame.

UP NEXT

California: Ends the regular season at UCLA on Saturday.

Stanford: The Cardinal stay home and will host No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday. Stanford has won the last two and six of last eight against the Irish.

Former Cal running back suffers scary spine injury, taken to hospital

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Former Cal running back suffers scary spine injury, taken to hospital

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The New Orleans Saints say running back Daniel Lasco has feelings in his extremities after suffering a spinal injury making a tackle on a kickoff return during today's game at Buffalo.

Lasco was loaded into an ambulance on the field and taken to a hospital.

He was hurt six minutes into the second quarter when he appeared to lower his head while tackling Bills returner Brandon Tate. 

Lasco played four seasons at the University of California, Berkeley. He gained 1,471 yards from scrimmage with 14 touchdowns his junior year. In 2015 as a senior, Lasco was limited to nine games and only totaled 355 yards. 

The Saints selected Lasco in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Associated Press contributed to this report