da Silva scores 23, Stanford finishes sweep of Cal 76-70

Oscar da Silva scored 23 points and Stanford swept the Bay series for the first time in six seasons with a 76-70 win over California

STANFORD, Calif. — Oscar da Silva scored 23 points and Stanford swept the Bay series for the first time in six seasons with a 76-70 win over California on Sunday night.

Lukas Kisunas added a career-high 12 points for the Cardinal (12-7, 8-5 Pac-12 Conference), which won 70-55 at Cal on Thursday night. Michael O’Connell scored 11 with nine rebounds and Jaiden Delaire scored 10.

Matt Bradley had 15 points to lead Cal (7-14, 2-11), which has lost six straight. Jarred Hyder added 13 points and Ryan Betley and Joel Brown had 12 apiece.

Like the first game when Stanford dominated inside, the Cardinal did it again. On Thursday Stanford shot 61% and had a 40-22 advantage on points in the paint. Sunday night the Cardinal shot 58% with a 44-22 advantage inside.

The Golden Bears, who count heavily on their outside shooting, were just 8 of 24 behind the arc, a two basket improvement from the first meeting.

Stanford led by as many as 19 points in just its second game at Maples Pavilion but could never quite put Cal away. The Golden Bears went 16 of 19 from the foul line, Stanford was just 18 of 30.

Stanford had a 13-2 run over the final four minutes of the first half to lead 35-24 at the break. Kisunas had consecutive baskets and Taitz hit a 3-pointer before coming up with a loose ball and knocking down from the top of the key as time ran out.

Da Silva then opened the second half with a 3-pointer to ignite a 9-2 burst that pushed the lead to 44-26.

Bryce Wills returned for Stanford after missing nine games with a knee injury and made all three of his shots for six points in 15 minutes but went to the bench with 3:47 to plan with another leg injury. Freshman Ziare Williams, who averages 12.5 points, missed his sixth straight game after a family funeral and COVID-19 quarantine.

Stanford is home against Colorado on Thursday when Utah visits Cal.

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