Mike Montgomery has been frustrated on several occasions following his team's losses this season. This may have been his most frustrating day yet. He talks about what went wrong against the Cardinal, beginning with some factors beyond his team's control.
How bad was the free throw disparity? Only two of Stanford's final 15 points came from the field, and they had just one basket in the final 7:07 of play, yet pulled away throughout that period.Montgomery said, "It's hard to win when they get twice as many opportunities at the line. I don't think Stanford is very physical, I think that's something Johnny (Dawkins) is worried about. I'm going to have to go back and review what a foul is and what contact is, because I clearly don't understand it now."
Powell, the game's leading scorer with 17 points, pump-faked Solomon into the air and drew a three-shot foul. Powell converted all three en route to a nine-for-nine afternoon from the charity stripe."I wouldn't say surprised (at the foul)," said Powell. "I would say I was glad, I tried to get him off his feet with a pump fake. He's a great shot blocker. Any time you get three it's a momentum booster for our team.Montgomery was more succinct: 'I don't know how you foul a guy in the three-point area with one second on the shot clock."
The bench had limited contributions today, further frustrating Monty.
In addition to the vast advantage at the free throw line, Stanford enjoyed exponentially more production from their healthy bench than Cal did from their depleted one, with the biggest contribution coming from John Gage, who hit all four three-point shots he took en route to 14 points."Well, I'd like to have 26 points off the bench," said Montgomery. "We can't make excuses, I don't have a lot of flexibility. I can't make adjustments. I can't really rest Allen Crabbe, I need him on the floor. We are missing some toughness, some intelligence, some fundamentals. We just don't have it. Bak had a good game the other day, he struggled today. Jeff (Powers)will get a loose ball and take a charge, but he's reluctant to make a play."
The post-Jorge/Kamp growing pains continue...
- Lane Kiffin hired Clancy Pendergast as his new defensive coordinator. Kiffin must have forgotten that Clancy surrendered 100+ points to USC over the past three years.
- Isi Sofele had two carries for three yards in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Meanwhile Zach Maynard completed 2 of 8 passes for 15 yards at the Raycom College Football All-Star game.
- Three-star linebacker Edward Tandy committed to the Bears.
- The women's team rallied late in the second half to force overtime and notch a win against USC.
- Gennifer Brandon scored 23 points and grabbed 26 rebounds to help propel the Bears to a win.
- Coach Gottlieb, Gennifer Brandon, and Layshia Clarendon spoke about the thrilling victory.
- Faraudo's game thread follows along as the Bears struggled to catch up after allowing Stanford to pull away at the end of the first half.
- Faraudo's recap includes some photos from the game.
- Cal opened the All-UC Tournament with three wins. The Bears defeated UCSB, UC Davis, and UCSD by a combined score of 136-0.
- Sophomore flanker Blake Simons is helping campus organization You Mean More spread awareness of depression and suicide among young people.
- No. 4 Cal opened the season with a 13-3 win over UOP.
- Twelve members of the men's team, the most in the MPSF, were named to the MPSF All-Academic team.
- Despite some early struggles, the women's team finished second at a quad meet at Washington.
- The men's team won four events and finished third at the Stanford Open.