Cal holds off Stanford 77-71 in Pac-12 quarters

By Greg Beacham

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, March 8 2012 9:41 p.m. MST

California's Justin Cobbs, center, shoots as he is defended by Stanford's Josh Owens, left, and Anthony Brown during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Pac-12 conference championship in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 8, 2012.

Jae C. Hong, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Jorge Gutierrez scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half, Harper Kamp added 17 points, and California avenged last weekend's loss to Stanford with a 77-71 victory over their Bay Area archrivals in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals on Thursday night.

Justin Cobbs scored 15 points while playing strong defense on Stanford freshman sensation Chasson Randle for the second-seeded Golden Bears (24-8) in the schools' second meeting in five days. Stanford beat Cal 75-70 at Maples Pavilion, preventing the Bears from winning a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title.

Thanks to that loss, Cal must win the tournament to breathe easily about its NCAA fate — and the Bears are the highest seed remaining at Staples Center after top-seeded Washington's stunning loss to ninth-seeded Oregon State six hours earlier.

Andrew Zimmermann had a career-high 22 points and seven rebounds for the seventh-seeded Cardinal (21-11), who couldn't respond to Cal's second-half rally in the rivals' rubber match after each school won on its home floor during the regular season.

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