Kerry Carter scored 10 points over the final 5 minutes and Saint Mary’s stormed back from 10 points down in the second half to beat Utah 70-58 on Tuesday in the first round of the NIT.
That missed chance in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals cost Tara VanDerveer’s Stanford team a top seed in the NCAA tournament. And a short flight — and that’s what hurts most for VanDerveer considering fewer Cardinal fans will make the Midwest trek.
Cal Poly, the winner of the Big West conference title despite a 13-19 record, won a play-in spot in the NCAA tournament and will face Texas Southern Tuesday.
The Cardinal earned the 10th seed in the South Region and will open tournament play Friday in St. Louis against 7-seed New Mexico.
UCLA jumped on listless Stanford early and kept pouring it on for an 84-59 rout over the Cardinal on Friday night to set up a showdown against the fourth-ranked and top-seeded Wildcats in the Pac-12 championship game.
Stanford shut down Arizona State’s best players and pulled away with a dominating second-half offensive performance, picking up a marquee win by blowing out third-seeded Arizona State 79-58 Thursday night in the Pac-12 tournament.
Askia Booker scored 17 points, Xavier Talton added 13 and Colorado held off California 59-56 in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament on Thursday.
Stanford shot its way into the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals, adding another notch to its NCAA tournament resume.
San Francisco (21-11) fought back several times, including a late run in overtime. Matt Glover hit a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left and the Dons had a shot to tie after Winder made 1 of 2 free throws, but Avry Holmes missed a fadeaway jumper just before the buzzer.
David Stockton had 21 points, Sam Dower Jr. added 12 points and nine rebounds, and Gonzaga advanced to the WCC final for the 17th straight year with a 70-54 win over Saint Mary’s Monday night.
The annual battle between the California Golden Bears and Stanford Cardinal is one of college football’s oldest rivalries. Here are photos from the most recent editions of the Big Game.