Stanford holds off California 77-71

California forward Ivan Rabb (1) goes up for a shot against Stanford during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Marcus Allen scored 10 of his 16 points over the final 5 1/2 minutes – all on free throws – and Stanford held on to beat California 77-71 on Thursday night.

Rosco Allen had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinal (10-6, 3-2 Pac-12), who have won four straight against their Bay Area rivals. Dorian Pickens scored 14 points and Marcus Sheffield added 11.

Stanford, which went into the game shooting only 66.8 percent from the free throw line, scored its final 13 points from the stripe to complete a comeback after falling behind early in the second half.

The Cardinal also got a boost from its defense down the stretch.

Leading 72-69 with 28.4 seconds left, Stanford forced a turnover when California was unable to inbound the ball. Michael Humphrey later blocked a layup attempt by Tyrone Wallace to help the Cardinal hold on.

Tyrone Wallace and Jabari Bird scored 17 points apiece for California. The Golden Bears (12-6, 2-3) have lost three straight.