Bears Give Fourth-Ranked Stanford a Scare
Men's basketball team falls to the Cardinal, 57-55.
February 3, 1999
By DENNIS GEORGATOS
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Kris Weems hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:04 remaining, and No. 4 Stanford withstood a last-second shooting flurry to beat California 57-55 Wednesday night.
Weems' 3-pointer was Stanford's first basket since Michael McDonald's driving layup with 12:25 remaining that put the Cardinal up 44-42.
With both teams in foul trouble and locked in a bitter defensive battle in the second half, the bulk of the points in the final minutes came from the free throw line.
Stanford point guard Arthur Lee picked up his fourth foul on a charging call with 11 minutes left and didn't return until 4:40 with Stanford trailing 52-50.
Thomas Kilgore made one of two free throws and Raymond King hit a driving layup to put Cal up 55-50 with 3:30 remaining. But Peter Sauer and Tim Young each made two free throws, pulling Stanford to 55-54 and Weems then drained the decisive 3-pointer.
With 10 seconds left, Lee missed a running jumper in the lane and Sean Lampley got the rebound for Cal. After a timeout, Gill and Kilgore both threw up 3-point tries that missed and Carl Boyd's putback was waved off by the officials because it came just after the buzzer sounded.
Weems and Mark Madsen finished with 15 points apiece to lead Stanford (19-3, 9-1 Pac-10), which won its fifth straight against Cal (12-8, 3-7). Gill and Kilgore also scored 15 points each to lead the Bears, who have lost seven of 10 since a 9-1 start.
Madsen blocked Boyd's putback to start a fastbreak that Weems finished with a 3-pointer with four seconds left in the first half, pulling Stanford within 38-37.
With Cal hitting 53.3 percent of its shots in the opening period, Stanford
had trailed by as many as nine points. But David Moseley hit a 3-pointer and
Young made an 8-foot hook shot to close the gap to 29-25. After Lampley made a
pair of free throws for Cal, Stanford closed with a 12-7 burst, including seven
points from Madsen.