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Bears Hammer Cardinal on Senior Night 53-39

February 26, 2022
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A student section overflowing their capacity by numbers not seen in years and VIP guests like Jason Kidd,  Cal’s career scoring leader Jerome Randle, Sean Lampley and many from the 2010 Pac-12 winning Cal team were treated to a senior night romp over rival Stanford, as the Bears put the hurt on a faltering Stanford team to the tune of 53-39 in a game that was even less competitive than the final score indicated.

“Those players, they were great here and they deserve the kind of effort our team and our crowd gave the program tonight,” said Cal head coach Mark Fox. “It was awesome to have them back.”

 

The Bears wasted no time in putting their stamp on the game, bursting out of the gates to a 23-4 lead over the Cardinal. Senior guard Jordan Shepherd took over the game from the opening whistle scoring 10 of the Bears’ first 16 points, finishing the night with a stellar line of 28 points on 11-of-16 from the floor and 4-of-7 from deep along with three rebounds, one block, one steal and just one turnover, scoring on a dazzling array of Curryesque shots from the field.

So great was the Bears opening half dominance that their smothering defense held Stanford to just nine points till they finally hit double digits with just 2:48 remaining in the half. The Bears took an impressive 35-12 lead into the locker room at the break.

“We felt like our defense was terrific to start the game and we were able to sustain that,” said Fox. “Offensively, I thought we got the shots we were looking for. It’s a terrific win; great environment, terrific fans and a super energy in the building. It was really good for our seniors to finish their home careers this way.”

Senior forward Grant Anticevich played in his 136th career game, surpassing David Kravish (2012-15) for the most games played at Cal. Anticevich had eight rebounds to go with five points with his parents in the stands all the way from Australia.

“It’s huge,” said Anticevich. “It’s really special to beat our rival in a pretty convincing win and have the whole team play so well and have a great crowd.

“I absolutely love my teammates. Shep had an amazing game and everyone contributed and to do it in my last game at Haas is really something special.”

“My family was here so there was a lot of emotion before the game,” said Shepherd. ‘I wanted to play well, but more important, I just wanted to win and the good man above blessed us  to be able to do that.”

Cal was scoreless for nearly eight minutes in the second half, allowing Stanford to pull to 42-27 before Shepherd's 3-pointer with 7:02 remaining ended the drought. Shepherd later hit a turn-around jumper from the corner, beating the shot clock to stretch the Bears' lead to 19 with 4:33 left that essentially put the game away.

Spencer Jones scored 10 points to lead Stanford, which entered having won six of the last eight regular season games in the series.

Cal will next travel to face Arizona State (5 p.m. PT, March 3) and Arizona (2 p.m. PT, March 5) to wrap up  the regular season. Both games will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.

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Bears Hammer Cardinal on Senior Night 53-39

3,115 Views | 25 Replies | Last: 4 mo ago by southseasbear
Blueblood
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I think most of Cal;s carpentry occurred in the first half. Cal only scored18 points in the second half? Cal must have laid down their hammers and instead only used putty blades in the game's latter half.
oskidunker
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Why does Nour have the same number as Kelly? Was he injured all year?
Go Bears!
BearDown2o15
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oskidunker said:

Why does Nour have the same number as Kelly? Was he injured all year?


He is a manager. the managers' jerseys have the graduation year on them
drizzlybear
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Stats? I love seeing the stat sheet you often include in the recap (including the halftime stats). What determines whether they will be included? And where do you get it from? Is there another site we can go to directly for it?
HoopDreams
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ESPN

drizzlybear said:

Stats? I love seeing the stat sheet you often include in the recap (including the halftime stats). What determines whether they will be included? And where do you get it from? Is there another site we can go to directly for it?
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HoopDreams said:

ESPN

drizzlybear said:

Stats? I love seeing the stat sheet you often include in the recap (including the halftime stats). What determines whether they will be included? And where do you get it from? Is there another site we can go to directly for it?


I don't see on the ESPN site the stat sheet Jim usually posts. It's a more official-looking stat sheet and also includes the halftime stats.
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bipolarbear
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I bet Lars would like that cover photo on this article for his scrapbook.
KoreAmBear
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Jim do you have a clip of the Joel show em the ball, dip then lay it in move, a la Rajan Rondo? Furd boys got faked out of their shorts.
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KoreAmBear said:

Jim do you have a clip of the Joel show em the ball, dip then lay it in move, a la Rajan Rondo? Furd boys got faked out of their shorts.
Set to start on the play:

HoopDreams
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Although cal first half defense was good, Stanford missed an incredible number of bunnies

Cal sped them up which accounted for some of their missed shots, but it wasn't all because of our Defense

We were incredibly locked in. I think the team was really pumped with senior game, playing our rival and the fans
graguna
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HoopDreams said:

Although cal first have defense was good, Stanford missed an incredible number of bunnies

Cal sped them up which accounted for some of their missed shots, but it wasn't all because of our Defense

We were incredibly locked in. I think the team really were pumped with senior game, playing our rival and the fans
I would imagine playing in front of Jason Kidd is pretty inspiring for CAL players as well; not to mention Randal, Lampley, etc
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Does this victory change everyone's perspective of a Fox coached basketball team?
59bear
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HoopDreams said:

Although cal first have defense was good, Stanford missed an incredible number of bunnies

Cal sped them up which accounted for some of their missed shots, but it wasn't all because of our Defense

We were incredibly locked in. I think the team really were pumped with senior game, playing our rival and the fans
Yep, this was some of the worst shooting I've seen this season. Outside if Shepherd, no-one had much of an offensive game. It was, however, another promising outing for Lars in all phases of the game. We're witnessing the progression from project to asset.
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Dgoldnbaer said:

Does this victory change everyone's perspective of a Fox coached basketball team?
Speaking only for myself, I look at this victory in the context of 4 other conference victories, 13 conference losses, and whatever might happen next week and in the conference tournament. My opinion of Fox is based more on this season than the last two because most of our players are his recruits, he's had time to implement his system, and COVID-19 is less of a factor.

Overall I think Fox would be a good coach in a weaker conference.
89Bear
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I simply had a great time watching that game!!!
Spending a couple of hours watching the Bears kick furd's a**?
Priceless. Thank you to the entire program!!!
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MoragaBear said:

KoreAmBear said:

Jim do you have a clip of the Joel show em the ball, dip then lay it in move, a la Rajan Rondo? Furd boys got faked out of their shorts.
Set to start on the play:


Oh yah. Thanks!
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Dgoldnbaer said:

Does this victory change everyone's perspective of a Fox coached basketball team?
Not really. We had a game like this @Oregon which was more impressive. Oregon also couldn't hit the side of a barn like Furd. Then we immediately followed that up with 2 home losses against teams we should beat at home.
Civil Bear
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Dgoldnbaer said:

Does this victory change everyone's perspective of a Fox coached basketball team?
Nope. It was a fun game to watch, but the program still isn't going anywhere.
chazzed
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Hell yes!

Thank you for the win, team. Thank you for the effort over the years, seniors.

Go Bears!
ducky23
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graguna said:

HoopDreams said:

Although cal first have defense was good, Stanford missed an incredible number of bunnies

Cal sped them up which accounted for some of their missed shots, but it wasn't all because of our Defense

We were incredibly locked in. I think the team really were pumped with senior game, playing our rival and the fans
I would imagine playing in front of Jason Kidd is pretty inspiring for CAL players as well; not to mention Randal, Lampley, etc


Yeah…imagine if he was actually, you know, our head coach. Maybe that would've been a good idea
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ducky23 said:

graguna said:

HoopDreams said:

Although cal first have defense was good, Stanford missed an incredible number of bunnies

Cal sped them up which accounted for some of their missed shots, but it wasn't all because of our Defense

We were incredibly locked in. I think the team really were pumped with senior game, playing our rival and the fans
I would imagine playing in front of Jason Kidd is pretty inspiring for CAL players as well; not to mention Randal, Lampley, etc

Yeah…imagine if he was actually, you know, our head coach. Maybe that would've been a good idea
Cal isn't going to hire head coaches who don't have a bachelor's degree.

Kidd didn't have one until last year, when he finished a degree from the University of Phoenix.

https://www.mavs.com/kiddearnsdegree/

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The 2021 graduating class at the University of Phoenix will include Jason Kidd. That's because the Dallas Mavericks' coach went back to school and got his degree from the Arizona-based university.

Kidd took classes online and finished at UP last month with a degree in English. It was a celebratory moment for Kidd, who embraces all that education at a higher level entails.

And where does Kidd keeps his precious diploma?

"It's in my office," he said. "I have my diploma. It's framed. It's something that will be up there with the (two Olympic) gold medals and the (NBA) championship to be able to get my degree."

Kidd played two years at the University of California-Berkeley from 1992-94 before deciding to forego the last two years of college to pursue a career in the NBA. The Mavs used the No. 2 overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft to select Kidd, and he went on the earn 10 All-Star berths and helped the Mavs capture the 2011 NBA title, and also helped the U.S. win gold medals in 2000 in Sydney and in 2008 in Beijing.

So why did Kidd, 48, decide to return to college and earn his degree? He said the impetus came from Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

"I saw this commercial with Larry Fitzgerald a while back.," Kidd said "It was for the University of Phoenix and it was talking about how he promised his mom he would get his degree, and I thought that was kind of incredible, and that kind of inspired me to want to get my degree also.

HoopDreams
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HoopDreams
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southseasbear
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BearSD said:

ducky23 said:

graguna said:

HoopDreams said:

Although cal first have defense was good, Stanford missed an incredible number of bunnies

Cal sped them up which accounted for some of their missed shots, but it wasn't all because of our Defense

We were incredibly locked in. I think the team really were pumped with senior game, playing our rival and the fans
I would imagine playing in front of Jason Kidd is pretty inspiring for CAL players as well; not to mention Randal, Lampley, etc

Yeah…imagine if he was actually, you know, our head coach. Maybe that would've been a good idea
Cal isn't going to hire head coaches who don't have a bachelor's degree.

Kidd didn't have one until last year, when he finished a degree from the University of Phoenix.

https://www.mavs.com/kiddearnsdegree/

Quote:

The 2021 graduating class at the University of Phoenix will include Jason Kidd. That's because the Dallas Mavericks' coach went back to school and got his degree from the Arizona-based university.

Kidd took classes online and finished at UP last month with a degree in English. It was a celebratory moment for Kidd, who embraces all that education at a higher level entails.

And where does Kidd keeps his precious diploma?

"It's in my office," he said. "I have my diploma. It's framed. It's something that will be up there with the (two Olympic) gold medals and the (NBA) championship to be able to get my degree."

Kidd played two years at the University of California-Berkeley from 1992-94 before deciding to forego the last two years of college to pursue a career in the NBA. The Mavs used the No. 2 overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft to select Kidd, and he went on the earn 10 All-Star berths and helped the Mavs capture the 2011 NBA title, and also helped the U.S. win gold medals in 2000 in Sydney and in 2008 in Beijing.

So why did Kidd, 48, decide to return to college and earn his degree? He said the impetus came from Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

"I saw this commercial with Larry Fitzgerald a while back.," Kidd said "It was for the University of Phoenix and it was talking about how he promised his mom he would get his degree, and I thought that was kind of incredible, and that kind of inspired me to want to get my degree also.

Too bad we didn't hire him on the condition he works toward completing his degree at Cal. Wheeler Hall is not far from Haas.
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