Denver's Brian Stafford had 40 family and friends sitting in the stands at Haas Pavilion in a rare Northern California appearance for the Pioneers' leading scorer.
Neither he nor his teammates gave them much to cheer about following opening introductions.
Stafford, who grew up 20 minutes east in Walnut Creek, was held to six points, well below his average, and Denver didn't have a single player in double digits during an 80-59 loss to No. 20 California on Saturday.
The Pioneers' first loss of the season came on the heels of their impressive win over Saint Mary's three nights earlier in Colorado.
''They're a good team and they just jumped on us from the beginning,'' said Stafford, who took only five shots in 27 minutes. ''On both ends of the court we didn't really respond the right way. Offensively, we started trying to do things on our own instead of playing as a team.''
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