Stanford beats California, 72-61

Win keeps the Cardinal in position for a key first-round bye in Pac-12 conference tournament next month

Anthony Brown had 16 points and 11 rebounds to help Stanford break out of its month-long funk and beat California, 72-61, on Saturday to complete a season sweep of the Golden Bears.

Chasson Randle scored 19 points with eight assists and Michael Humphrey added 14 points and 11 rebounds for his first career double-double to help Stanford to its fifth win in the last six games between the two teams.

More critically, the win keeps the Cardinal (17-9, 8-6 Pac-12) in position for a key first-round bye in the conference tournament next month in Las Vegas. Stanford entered the game in fifth place, 1 1/2 games out of third. The top four teams at the end of the season get a pass in the opening round of the tournament.

California (16-11, 6-8) had hoped to get into that mix but lost its second straight despite David Kravish's career-high 23 points.

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