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Okpala scores 30 to help Stanford hold off Cal 84-81

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Stanford coach Jerod Haase would like to see KZ Okpala improve his passing and defense over the next few years.

Okpala's scoring? Not an issue at all.

Okpala scored a career-high 30 points and had eight rebounds, and Stanford held on to beat California 84-81 on Sunday.

It's the 12th time this season that Okpala has had 20 or more points, most in the Pac-12 teams and eight more than he had all of last season.

''He's been a rock in terms of offensively producing,'' Haase said. ''There's so much more for him to grow, but he's really developing really quickly. He's a foundational piece for everything we do.''

Okpala's shot 10 of 17 but went 0-for-4 beyond the arc and overcame missing five free throws in the second half.

''Just making the right reads,'' Okpala said. ''The game was coming to me. Every game I have the same approach, use my ability to get to the rim.''

Bryce Wills added 16 points and Daejon Davis scored 14 for Stanford (11-10, 4-5 Pac-12). The Cardinal have won three of four.

Justice Sueing had 23 points and seven rebounds for California (5-16, 0-9). The Golden Bears have lost 10 straight, matching the longest streak in school history.

Okapala scored 19 in the second half and made a clinching free throw with 13.3 seconds left, but it was a play moments earlier that had the Haas Pavilion crowd buzzing.

California's Matt Bradley drove baseline and scored for an apparent tying basket. Stanford's Josh Sharma was initially called for his fifth foul but the play was reviewed by officials and overturned.

Instead of Bradley going to the free throw line for a chance to give the Bears the lead, Stanford got the ball and closed out to beat Cal for the third time in four games.

''I didn't know that you could overturn the call,'' Cal coach Wyking Jones said. ''He's a great official. He went to the monitor and saw something different. I respect the call.''

Paris Austin missed a 3-pointer for the Bears as the buzzer sounded.

Okapala got going early with a dunk, then had a steal and layup but the Cardinal sputtered for most of the first half and had 11 turnovers before the break.

Cal took advantage and led by five midway through the first half before Stanford closed with its best run of the game and pulled within 38-37 on Kodye Pugh's short hook.

The Bears also got an early lift from 7-foot-3 freshman center Conor Vanover, who scored six consecutive points during one stretch then added an emphatic dunk off a pass from Matt Bradley. Vanover finished with a season-high 15 points.

BIG PICTURE

Stanford: The Cardinal overcame their early offensive problems and rallied from five down in th final 5 1/2 minutes. . Cormac Ryan returned after missing four games with a right ankle injury. Ryan sat out three games earlier in the season with a similar injury to his left foot

California: Vanover's previous season-high for points was 10 coming in back-to-back games against USC and UCLA. ... The 10 consecutive losses ties Cal's 1962 team for the longest in school history. . Roman Davis did not play for a second consecutive game because of back soreness.

QUOTABLE

''It was some kind of a dire situation so I felt very excited when they went to the monitor that there was still hope.'' - Haase on the overturned call.

QUOTABLE II

''Once we get over that hump, we'll be able to turn the table and take that momentum and finish the right way.'' - Sueing, on his team weathering its 0-9 conference record.

UP NEXT

Stanford: Plays at Oregon State on Thursday.

California: Plays at Oregon on Wednesday.

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Key Players
D. Davis
P. Austin
34.8 Min. Per Game 34.8
12.5 Pts. Per Game 12.5
4.7 Ast. Per Game 4.7
3.1 Reb. Per Game 3.1
44.7 Field Goal % 46.5
34.9 Three Point % 26.9
75.3 Free Throw % 70.9
  Paris Austin missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
+ 1 KZ Okpala made 2nd of 2 free throws 13.0
  KZ Okpala missed 1st of 2 free throws 13.0
  Personal foul on Matt Bradley 13.0
  Turnover on Matt Bradley 14.0
  Offensive foul on Matt Bradley 14.0
+ 2 Daejon Davis made floating jump shot 27.0
+ 2 Paris Austin made driving layup 39.0
+ 2 Oscar Da Silva made layup, assist by Bryce Wills 45.0
+ 1 Justice Sueing made free throw 1:15
  Shooting foul on Josh Sharma 1:15
Team Stats
Points 84 81
Field Goals 28-49 (57.1%) 30-61 (49.2%)
3-Pointers 5-16 (31.3%) 6-16 (37.5%)
Free Throws 23-30 (76.7%) 15-19 (78.9%)
Total Rebounds 30 21
Offensive 6 4
Defensive 23 15
Team 1 2
Assists 10 14
Steals 4 10
Blocks 2 1
Turnovers 18 11
Fouls 18 22
Technicals 0 0
30 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST
23 PTS, 7 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Stanford 11-10 374784
home team logo California 5-16 384381
Team Stats
away team logo Stanford 11-10 72.7 PPG 40.2 RPG 12.6 APG
home team logo California 5-16 68.4 PPG 31.6 RPG 10.9 APG
Key Players
0
K. Okpala F 16.8 PPG 5.7 RPG 2.0 APG 46.3 FG%
10
J. Sueing F 14.3 PPG 6.0 RPG 2.0 APG 43.2 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Okpala F 30 PTS 8 REB 4 AST
J. Sueing F 23 PTS 7 REB 4 AST
57.1 FG% 49.2
31.3 3PT FG% 37.5
76.7 FT% 78.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Okpala 30 8 4 10/17 0/4 10/16 2 40 2 0 4 2 6
B. Wills 16 3 2 6/7 0/1 4/4 4 28 1 0 2 1 2
D. Davis 14 3 2 4/10 2/4 4/4 3 39 1 0 5 1 2
O. Da Silva 7 4 0 3/4 1/2 0/0 4 24 0 1 3 1 3
J. Sharma 2 6 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 4 21 0 0 0 1 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Okpala 30 8 4 10/17 0/4 10/16 2 40 2 0 4 2 6
B. Wills 16 3 2 6/7 0/1 4/4 4 28 1 0 2 1 2
D. Davis 14 3 2 4/10 2/4 4/4 3 39 1 0 5 1 2
O. Da Silva 7 4 0 3/4 1/2 0/0 4 24 0 1 3 1 3
J. Sharma 2 6 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 4 21 0 0 0 1 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Ryan 7 2 1 2/4 2/3 1/2 0 21 0 0 2 0 2
L. Kisunas 4 2 0 1/1 0/0 2/2 0 10 0 1 1 0 2
K. Pugh 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Delaire 2 1 0 0/2 0/1 2/2 1 12 0 0 0 0 1
M. Sheffield 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
I. White 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
T. Stanback - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Herenton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Beskind - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Fitzmorris - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 84 29 10 28/49 5/16 23/30 18 200 4 2 18 6 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Sueing 23 7 4 8/14 0/2 7/9 3 35 2 0 0 2 5
P. Austin 15 3 3 7/15 0/2 1/2 3 37 2 0 3 0 3
J. Harris-Dyson 6 3 1 1/4 0/0 4/4 3 20 2 0 1 1 2
D. McNeill 5 2 0 2/5 1/2 0/0 3 33 2 0 2 0 2
A. Kelly 4 0 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 3 13 0 0 1 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Sueing 23 7 4 8/14 0/2 7/9 3 35 2 0 0 2 5
P. Austin 15 3 3 7/15 0/2 1/2 3 37 2 0 3 0 3
J. Harris-Dyson 6 3 1 1/4 0/0 4/4 3 20 2 0 1 1 2
D. McNeill 5 2 0 2/5 1/2 0/0 3 33 2 0 2 0 2
A. Kelly 4 0 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 3 13 0 0 1 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Vanover 15 3 0 6/11 2/6 1/2 3 25 0 1 1 1 2
M. Bradley 13 1 6 4/7 3/4 2/2 3 28 1 0 3 0 1
G. Anticevich 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0
J. Gordon 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
R. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Orender - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Erving - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Zhao - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Serge - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Welle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 81 19 14 30/61 6/16 15/19 22 200 10 1 11 4 15