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Cal basketball notebook: Ivan Rabb dominant in 66-55 win over Stanford

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News and notes from Cal’s victory over the Cardinal

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Ivan Rabb: double-double machine

The sophomore from Oakland led all scorers with 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season, and his sixth in nine conference games.

“My plan was to come out aggressive early,” said Rabb. “I was just trying to play the game the right way.”

“He’s a tremendous player,” said Stanford head coach Jerod Haase. “He’s long, he’s lean, he can pass, he can score around the basket, he has a nice touch. That’s a pretty good resume for being a heck of a player.”

Rabb shows off range

Included in those 25 points were a pair of 3-pointers, his fifth and sixth of the season. Rabb is now 7-for-13 from beyond the arc for his career.

“I work on it every day,” said Rabb. “It’s something I’m very confident in, but I just don’t want to fall in love with it and shoot them all day. I try to take what the defense gives me.”

Said Cal head coach Cuonzo Martin: “He’s not going to do anything if he feels like it hurts the team. So with him taking 3s, he’s put the time into it. We need him because he can shoot it.”

Charlie Moore dishes out dimes

The freshman point guard recorded a career-high eight assists in 26 minutes, along with four points.

“He did a great job breaking the defense down, getting in the middle, especially finding Ivan for those lobs,” said senior guard Jabari Bird.

Added Rabb: “He did a great job just taking what the defense gave him. He’s capable of scoring and facilitating, so once he really gets them both down at the same time, he’s a completely different player.”

Jabari keeps hitting 3s

For the eleventh straight game, Jabari Bird made at least one 3-pointer. He finished 2-for-7 from behind the arc, and now ranks eighth in Cal history with 158 career 3-pointers. Bird’s 17 points moved him into 41st place on Cal’s all-time scoring list with 1,051 for his career.

Bears start fast in second half

After a sluggish first half, Cal scored the first eight points of the second half to take a 33-25 lead. Stanford never got closer than five points after that. The Bears shot 65 percent from the field in the second half and 48 percent for the game, while holding the Cardinal to 39 percent.

Coleman returns from injury

Sophomore guard Don Coleman played seven minutes after missing last week’s Oregon State game with a bruised hip. He recorded one point and one rebound.

Full Haas

The official attendance was 11,877, the first sellout of the season at Haas Pavilion.

“We loved it,” said Rabb. “There was a lot of energy, even in warm-ups, so it felt great right away. Our energy level was great even when we were out there warming up. We can get used to that.”

“It was great,” added Martin. “It should be a sellout all the time. These guys work hard, they do a tremendous job in the classroom, in the community. It should be a sellout every time.”

Celebrity sightings

Cal swimmer and three-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy presented the game ball before tip-off.

Also in attendance were Oakland A’s players Marcus Semien and Mark Canha, manager Bob Melvin, and new Cal head football coach Justin Wilcox, who received a standing ovation when shown on the video board.

Big picture

With the win, Cal improves to 15-6 overall and 6-3 in conference play. Stanford falls to 11-10, 3-6. Next up, the Bears host Utah (15-6, 6-3) Thursday at 6:00 p.m.