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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Dwight Powell smiled when reflecting on his seventh double-double of the season. Stanford’s second-leading scorer was even more proud of the zero he put up under the fouls column.
Both were critical milestones in helping the Cardinal get back in the thick of things in the Pac-12.
“I’ve been in foul trouble in several games this year, especially in (conference),” said Powell, who has fouled out three times this season. “Definitely in the first half that was an emphasis of mine, to stay out of foul trouble.”
He made just 5 of 17 shots from the floor but continually helped disrupt California’s interior game and helped hold Richard Solomon to 1 of 7 shooting.
“He didn’t shoot the ball as well as he had but he provides us a presence when he’s on the floor,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. “Whether he’s on the perimeter or on the post, people have to pay so much attention to what he does. He’s one of the best players in the conference and I think he showed that tonight.”
Stanford (15-7, 6-4 Pac-12) beat Cal despite getting outrebounded and outscored 34-24 in the paint.
The Cardinal did it with a patient offense and a pesky defense that forced 13 turnovers. They also made a season-high 28 free throws, 15 coming over the final nine minutes.
“I can’t say I was surprised how aggressive they were,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. “They have been more aggressive than us on many occasions the last few years … and they were again. They were very physical, and we didn’t handle that very well.”
He made an 18-foot jumper as part of an 8-0 run then added two free throws to make it 64-51. Justin Cobbs stopped the run with a three-point play and later added a free throw to make it 62-51 but Brown scored nine of the next 11 points for the Cardinal and Stanford took advantage of multiple turnovers by Cal down the stretch.
Brown finished with 16 points and six rebounds.
Chasson Randle added 19 points for the Cardinal (15-7, 6-4 Pac-12), who have won three of the last four in this series between the two Bay Area rivals.
It marked a rare conference road win for Stanford, which lost to the Bears 69-62 on Jan. 2. The Cardinal are 3-2 in the Pac-12 away from Maples Pavilion this season and only 15-34 since 2008-09.
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