Lottich finds touch as Stanford finishes second

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Matt Lottich's lousy shooting in
Stanford's first game against rival California was still fresh in
his mind, and he was determined to play better this time.

Lottich scored 14 points, making four of eight 3-pointers, and also had
four rebounds and two assists as the No. 17 Cardinal continued
the dominance of Cal (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today; No. 22 Associated Press) at home, defeating the Golden Bears
72-60 Saturday night to finish second in the Pacific-10 Conference.

''I didn't have any doubts today about my shooting,'' said
Lottich, who went 0-for-5 and missed all three of his 3-pointers in
a 72-59 Stanford defeat Jan. 4 in Berkeley.

''This was a personal thing for me because I didn't score
against Cal in the first game this year,'' he said. ''I was going
to make sure that I had some looks. I came out and hit the first
one and I knew it was going to be my night.''

Josh Childress had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Stanford (23-7,
14-4), which earned the second seed behind No. 1 Arizona in the
conference tournament next week in Los Angeles. The Cardinal
snapped a two-game losing streak to Cal.

The Golden Bears (20-7, 13-5) were lifeless most of the first
half, getting dominated on the boards and outhustled to loose
balls, and couldn't get in sync on either end of the court.

Brian Wethers had four 3-pointers in the second half and
finished with 16 points, but Cal shot 33 percent. Stanford sealed
the game with 3-pointers by Lottich, Julius Barnes and Childress in
the final minutes.

The Bears considered this game one of their better shots at
ending a decade of frustration in Maples Pavilion. The Bears
haven't won here since an 86-61 victory on Feb. 14, 1993, a span of
10 games.

The Cardinal flustered Joe Shipp, the conference's leading
scorer at 21 points a game, in the first half. They got a hand in
his face and made it difficult for him to shoot. He was held to
seven in the half and finished with 14 on 4-for-10 shooting.

In an example of how this game went for Cal, Shipp had a free
throw negated with 11:25 left in the game because he wasn't
supposed to be the shooter. Conor Famulener had been fouled, so
Shipp stepped aside and Famulener went to the line and hit both his

Shipp, a senior, was happy to be done playing at Maples.

''I never won a game here,'' Shipp said. ''It's just a hostile
environment and Stanford always elevates its game here.''

Forward Amit Tamir, Cal's second-leading scorer with a 16.7
average, was 1-for-12 for a season-low two points.

''Our shot selection hurt us at times,'' Cal coach Ben Braun
said. ''Stanford played really solid team defense and their bench
played fantastic.''

Wethers made a 3-pointer with 10:02 left to pull Cal to 49-43 and another at 8:22 to bring the Bears to 52-48. Joe
Kirchofer made two key baskets in the final eight minutes and was a
force on the boards for the Cardinal, whose bench had its
second-best output of the season with 24 points.

''We just wanted to make sure that our seniors went out in
style,'' said Kirchofer, a junior who finished with eight points
and six rebounds. ''You can't ask for much more than what I got
tonight. The ball seemed to come to the hole I was in.''

Stanford's tree mascots were out in force -- all five of them
attended the game, dancing across the court before the game and
during breaks, creating a forest of sorts. And the band played for
about a half-hour after the game as fans celebrated the big victory.

Stanford, which had its season-best six-game winning streak
snapped in a 72-69 defeat to No. 1 Arizona on March 1, has won 11 of
14 and 10 of 11 at home.

Rob Little's rebounding gave the Cardinal several second-chance
opportunities early. He had five boards in the first five minutes
and 10 for the game.

Cal made only six of 20 field goals to start the game, and was
0-for-6 on 3-pointers.

Stanford used a 21-5 spurt late in the first half to build an
18-point lead, 37-19, with 1:38 before halftime. But Cal scored the
final seven points of the half to pull to 37-26 at halftime.
The Bears missed 12 consecutive shots in one span and shot 29.6

The Cardinal have been holding opponents to a league-low 68
points a game while Cal has been giving up 71.2 points.

The Bears came into the game Saturday looking for their most
conference victories since the 1993-94 season when they also won 13 in
Pac-10 play.