Berkeley, Calif. (AP) — Oscar da Silva scored 24 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, sparking Stanford to a 70-55 defeat of Cal on Thursday night.
Da Silva’s double-double was his sixth in the last 10 games.
Jaiden Delaire scored 14 points and Noah Taitz added 10 for Stanford (11-7, 7-5 Pacific-12 Conference), which saw a 13-point halftime lead nearly vanish before Taitz and da Silva stopped a Cal run with back-to-back buckets.
Delaire and Taitz were a combined 10 of 15 from the field as Stanford was 26 of 48 shooting for 54%.
Cal’s Matt Bradley drained his fifth 3-pointer from the top of the arc and was knocked off his feet, converting the four-point play as the Bears closed the halftime gap down to 46-43, roaring out of the break on a 14-4 run in over just under six minutes.
Bradley finished with 24 points and Andre Kelly added 15 before fouling out with 43 seconds left
The Cardinal was 1 of 4 from the field with four turnovers during Cal’s rally. But the Bears (7-13, 2-11) petered out after Stanford’s Taitz and da Silva scored buckets off turnovers on consecutive Cal possessions.
Within three minutes, Stanford had the lead back to 10 and the Bears didn’t sustain any more challenges.
The Cardinal and the Golden Bears meet again on Sunday, this time at Stanford. The game is Stanford’s second “true” home game of the season after playing at Santa Cruz because of COVID-19 safety regulations.
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