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Cal vs. Stanford basketball has a wild finish

March 07, 2013|By Chris Dufresne

What did you expect from California versus Stanford… a pillow fight?

These Bay Area rivals are accustomed to having things/players/musical instruments spill onto fields of play going back to 1982 and “The Play” that led to a shouting football exclamation, “The band is on the field!”

So, it wasn’t a huge surprise a “skirmish” broke out between the basketball teams Wednesday night near the end of Stanford’s 83-70 upset win at Haas Pavilion.

With ex-hippie Bill Walton calling the action on television in Berkeley,  the scuffle broke out with 5:04 left, when Cal’s Allen Crabbe and Stanford’s Aaron Bright wrestled for a loose ball. Stanford center Dwight Powell intervened and appeared to elbow Crabbe out of the way.

That led to both benches clearing. After an officials’ review of the video, six technical fouls were assessed. Also, two players (Stanford’s Gabe Harris and Cal’s Richard Solomon) were ejected along with one Cal assistant and two from Stanford.

It appeared most were trying to be peacemakers, but the rule in college basketball is only the head coaches can run out on the court.

How will the ejections affect next week’s Pac 12 tournament in Las Vegas?

A Pac 12 spokesman told the San Jose Mercury News the actions are not cause for automatic suspensions because no one was ejected specifically for fighting.

We await further word from Pac 12 Commissioner Larry Scott.

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