Stanford had a chance to take control of its Pac-12 men's basketball opener in the final minutes Thursday night but never took advantage. That resulted in a 69-62 loss to visiting California.
Dwight Powell scored 16 points, Chasson Randle added 15 and Anthony Brown had 14 as the Cardinal (0-1, 9-4) lost its second straight conference opener.
Stanford travels to Corvallis to take on Oregon State next Thursday at 7 p.m., a game that will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.
Randle hit a jumper to give the Cardinal a 55-54 edge with 5:44 remaining to play. Powell hit one of two free throws to make it 56-54 less than a minute later.
As it turned out, that was the highlight of the game for Stanford, which was outscored, 15-6, the rest of the way, with both Stefan Nastic and Powell fouling out during that span.
The Cardinal missed eight of its final 12 shots from the field, several of them layups. Stanford also shot 50 percent from the foul line (10 for 20) on the night.
The Bears never led by more than eight points but Stanford never seemed able to get over the hump except for a couple of minutes, when the Cardinal went on a 13-3 run to take the lead.
Powell grabbed five rebounds to surpass 700 for his career and coming within two of overtaking Ed Schweitzer (704) for 10th on the school's all-time list.
Josh Huestis, who grabbed eight rebounds to tie Nastic for team-high, blocked three shots and has 153, three shy of matching Robin Lopez for second all-time.
Stanford sophomore Evan Silver placed seventh at 125 pounds to lead the Cardinal at the third annual Southern Scuffle at McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, Tenn. As a team, Stanford finished with 30.0 team points (20th overall).
Silver was 5-2 overall in the tournament as the Cardinal's lone placewinner. After dropping a 12-4 major decision to second-ranked Nicholas Megaludis of Penn State, the Chevy Chase, Md., native defeated Hofstra's Jamie Franco, 5-3, in the consolation round. A 5-3 loss to Missouri's Zach Synon put Silver in the seventh-place match where he defeated Pennsylvania's Caleb Richardson, 7-1.
Fifth-ranked Ryan Mango (133 pounds) suffered two losses on Thursday to go 2-2 overall in the tournament. He was edged 2-1 by No. 17 James Gulibon of Penn State in the quarterfinals. The redshirt senior then fell 8-6 in sudden victory to Missouri's Matt Manley.
Redshirt freshman Jim Wilson, ranked No. 18, went 2-1 on the day and was 3-2 overall in the tournament at 165 pounds. He registered back-to-back 3-1 decisions over Mitchell Wightman of Boston and Garett Hammond of Penn State before falling 6-5 to Navy's Peyton Walsh.
Redshirt freshman Zach Nevills also finished the tournament 3-2 overall at 184 pounds. He secured a 3-2 overtime decision over Cornell's William George before being eliminated by Oregon State's Austin Morehead, 3-2.