Stanford withdraws from Bakersfield to win in Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ – Stanford University basketball coach Jerod Haase doesn’t yet know if the cardinal played his last game at the Kaiser Permanente Arena. However, he knows his team are 2-0 in Santa Cruz and he still hasn’t seen the best of his team.

The cardinal overcame a slow start on the offensive by controlling the backboards and shining on the defensive in his 63:50 win without conferences on Monday evening.

“My truthful answer is that I have no idea,” said Haase when asked if Santa Cruz feels like a home or away game. “I have no idea how you feel. I have no idea if it’s a home game or a street game or neutral. It’s bizarre. It’s just bizarre. Even so, our energy on our bench for the entire season was great at the moment. Our boys are so committed, so active. ”

The 50 points allowed were the lowest that the defensive cardinal (5: 2) allowed in seven games.

Stanford has played its last two games in the home of the NBA G League member of the Golden State Warriors due to COVID-19 restrictions in Santa Clara County. There are street games in Oregon State on December 31st and Oregon on January 2nd before the next scheduled home game. Washington is scheduled to visit the Maples Pavilion on January 7th.

“We have the attitude right now that we are trying to generate our own energy,” said Haase. And then maybe we’ll be here again. I dont know. We will adapt and adapt as we move forward. So I would say that everything is still on the table and we will solve these problems as soon as they come. ”

  • Stanford junior Bryce Willis shares Bakersfield’s defense as he drives the lane at the Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz on Monday night. (Shmuel Thaler – Santa Cruz Sentinel)

  • Stanford newcomer Ziaire Williams steals the ball for the Cardinal in the first half on Monday night at the Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz. (Shmuel Thaler – Santa Cruz Sentinel)

  • Stanford’s second striker James Keefe sits in front of CSU-Bakersfield’s Shawn Stith in the Kaiser Permanente Arena on Monday evening. (Shmuel Thaler – Santa Cruz Sentinel)

  • Stanford’s Max Murrell attempts to correct a loose ball as Bakersfield defenders Justin Elder-Davis and Ronne Readus close in Santa Cruz on Monday. The game resulted in a jump ball. (Shmuel Thaler – Santa Cruz Sentinel)

  • Stanford second striker Spencer Jones shoots after an offensive rebound against Bakersfield at Kaiser Permanente Arena on Monday night. (Shmuel Thaler – Santa Cruz Sentinel)

The game was played without fans, but it wasn’t without emotion. Stanford striker Ziaire Williams had 17 points on team level, seven rebounds, three assists and six turnovers. Junior guard Bryce Wills scored 14 points, two on an electrifying alley, and had seven rebounds and three steals. Senior striker Oscar da Silva added 10 points and six rebounds.

Haase was happy with Williams’ game, although there were a few mistakes. He tried to take out an opponent at the front end of a one-on-one free throw, which made him laugh at himself. He also threw an inbound pass off Noah Taitz ‘face. And there were the sales.

“The more experience he gains, the better it gets,” said Haase. “The next time he sees this pressure, he will have that experience in order to move on and understand. … As his comfort level increases, I think his game will become more and more efficient. ”

Stanford’s second striker James Keefe sits in front of CSU-Bakersfield’s Shawn Stith in the Kaiser Permanente Arena on Monday evening. (Shmuel Thaler – Santa Cruz Sentinel)

It was the third time this season that the cardinal hit a season low of 63 points. Although it outperformed the Roadrunners 41-34, it made 21 turnovers and shot 21 out of 34 on free-throw attempts.

The cardinal defense alleviated some of the pain. It drove 21 turnovers and kept the Roadrunners off the field for 16-of-59 shooting.

Bakersfield was led by Justin Edler-Davis with 13 points. He had three of his team’s seven 3-pointers. Taze Moore scored 11 points off the bench and start guard De’Monte Buckingham added 10 points.

Stanford had won an emotional victory against Arizona in the Pac-12 opener on Saturday.

“This game was perfect for us,” said Haase, “not nice, not easy, but perfect. I think we needed these repetitions, we had to see the pressure, some things that we can’t necessarily repeat in practice.

“To have that experience in the Pac-12 game is fantastic. We won. We struggled through adversity for 40 minutes. We played against pressure. We had newbies who gained experience in such situations. Countless positive things that can be taken away when you know we have a lot of things to improve too. ”

Stanford, who played without the injured senior guard Daejon Davis, started the game 8-0 from the field. Bakersfield led three times in the first half by one point. After 10-9, Jaiden Delaire buried a 3-pointer to give Stanford a final 12-10 lead. Da Silva followed with his first field goal with 9:32 and the cardinal went on a mini run to achieve a half-way lead of 30-22.

The Cardinal extended his lead to 13 points (55-42) on Wills’ alley-oop dunk, leaving 6:02, and kept a comfortable lead the rest of the way.

Wills had vicious dunks in both games at KP Arena, which didn’t shock Williams, who provided the key pass on Monday.

“I’ll be the first to tell you that Bryce is one of the sportiest guys in the country,” said Williams. “I don’t even know what its vertical is. It must be in her mid-forties. In practice, he attacks the rim relentlessly, fearlessly above the rim. It’s just fun to play with. ”


Stanford 63, CSU Bakersfield 50
Next: Stanford, Oregon
When: December 31, 3 p.m.
TV: Pac-12 networks

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