Cal Bears basketball game wrap: Strong second half solidifies Bears a win in home opener 60-49 against Nicholls

The Cal Bears Matt Bradley (20) puts some defense on the Nicholls State offense. Bradley led Cal with 26 points in the Bears first win of the 2020-21 season ( photo)

By Barbara Mason

It had been 275 days since the Cal Bears had played at Haas Pavilion so it has been a long time coming. Monday night the Bears played their home opener taking on Nicholls State. Cal was leading at half-time 23-18. The Bears sealed the deal with a strong second half surge winning by the score of 60-49. Cal outscored Nicholls in the second half 37-31.

Cal’s Matt Brandley turned in a solid performance scoring 26 points in this third game of the season. Grant Anticevich also had 11 points in this game. The Bears sank 10 3-pointers courtesy of starters Anticevich with three and Brandley who also had three. Makale Foreman and Ryan Betley both turned in two 3-pointers each.

While the Bears did trail early by a slim margin 4-3 they really turned it around going on an amazing 18-2 run inside of nine minutes in the first half. Nicholls made it interesting when they tied up the game at 23 early in the second half. It was a 3-pointer by Brandley that put the Bears ahead for the remainder of the game. They never looked back taking this game by a comfortable margin.

The Bears now have a 2-1 record after beating Northwest WA handily while dropping one to Oregon State for their only loss this season. The Bears will meet their biggest challenge Thursday night when they take on Arizona State. That game will also be played at Haas with tip-off at 7:30. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.


Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca: Big Game commences after season of cancelation and loses for both teams

On the very offensive first play of the game between the Cal Bears and Oregon State Beavers running back Jemar Jefferson (6) carried for 75 yards for the opening score on Sat Nov 21st, 2020. Cal is trying to avoid such an offensive volley like this as they kick off with the Stanford Cardinal in the Big Game Fri Nov 27, 2020 at Memorial Stadium (AP News photo)

Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 The Big Game has arrived an event that everyone is counting on regardless where either Stanford (0-2) or Cal (0-2) is in the standings both schools look forward to the battle for the ax.

#2 Taking a look at visiting Stanford first, quarterback Davis Mills threw for 327 yards and carried for a touchdown. In spite of a great day of throwing the Cardinal offense couldn’t execute against the Colorado Buffaloes defense scoring in single digits in each of the first three quarters in a 35-32 loss.

#3 The Cal Bears quarterback Chase Garbers threw a game that was good enough to win against the Oregon State Beavers (1-2) in the Bears last game. Garbers with 315 yards passing and three touchdowns but Cal came up short 31-27.

#4 Michael, both teams have lost both of their games and have two games canceled due to Covid-19 for this Big Game today how much of their timing do you expect to be off after two weeks worth of downtime?

#5 It’s the Big Game today at Cal you’ve attended a few Big Games in your career and while it’s a great thing to be their working a game like this behind the scenes you can get a great sense how important it is for both of these schools to battle hard for that ax.

Michael Duca does the Cal Bears podcasts each Friday at


OSU uses late TD, pick to hold off Cal 31-27

Oregon State Beavers Jermar Jefferson (6) is way ahead of the Cal Bears defenders giving chase in the first half as Jefferson scores at OSU Corvallis on Sat Nov 21, 2020 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum

Sports Radio Service
Saturday, November 21, 2020

Quarterback Tristan Gebbia ran for the eventual game-winning touchdown and threw for one and caught a scoring pass, and Jermar Jefferson gained 196 rushing yards for Oregon State Saturday, as the Beavers held on for a 31-27 Pac-12 football win over visiting California at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Ore.

Oregon State (1-2) earned its first league win of the season. John McCartan intercepted Cal quarterback Chase Garbers with 1:05 to play in the fourth quarter, sealing the game for OSU,

Cal (0-2), which played without six starters, took a 27-24 lead with 8:04 remaining when Chase Garbers tossed a 2-yard TD pass to tight end Jake Tonges.

The Beavers had taken a 24-20 lead when Tyjon Lindsey threw to Gebbia for an 8-yard score at 14:14 of the fourth quarter. Everett Hayes kicked a 35-yard field goal for OSU at 7:03 of the third period.

The Bears took a 20-14 halftime lead on Dario Longhetto’s 52-yard field goal with four seconds left in the second quarter, nearly three minutes after Garbers connected with Kekoa Crawford on a 21-yard touchdown pass that put Cal ahead 17-14. Cal opened the second quarter with a Longhetto 26-yard field goal.

OSU took a 14-7 first quarter lead on Jefferson’s 75-yard touchdown run and Gebbia’s 35-yard scoring pass to Teagan Quitoriano. In between, Garbers threw a 7-yard TD pass to Makai Polk.

Garbers completed 28 of 42 passes for 315 yards and three touchdowns while being intercepted twice. Marcel Dancy led Golden Bears ballcarriers with 76 yards on 17 carries. Crawford hauled in 10 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown; Polk caught four passes for 81 yards and a TD and Tonges caught nine passes for 55 yards and a score.

Cal hosts Stanford this Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Cal moved to play at UCLA Sunday morning; Cal-ASU football game cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns;

UCLA tight end Devin Asiasi, left, makes a touchdown catch as Arizona cornerback McKenzie Barnes watches on Oct 20, 2018 game at the Rose Bowl where the Cal Bears will be playing the Bruins Sunday morning Nov 15, 2020 (AP file photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Friday, November 13, 2020

For the second consecutive week, California had a game cancelled due to Coronavirus. The Golden Bears’ scheduled game against Arizona State on Saturday has been cancelled, the schools announced, due to COVID-19 concerns. Later on Friday afternoon the Pac 12 moved Cal to play at the Rose Bowl against UCLA for Sunday morning.

ASU athletic director Ray Anderson said in a statement that a number of positive cases of COVID-19 included “multiple student-athletes and coaching staff members, one of which is Head Coach Herm Edwards.”

Anderson added that the undisclosed number of positive tests put the Sun Devils below the Pac-12’s minimum threshold of 53 available scholarship players under the conference’s game cancellation policy.

Cal won’t have to wait another week as they were supposed to play at Oregon State next Saturday but now will get their first game in at the Rose Bowl. The Bears’ first game against Washington, slated for Nov. 7, was cancelled after Cal had a positive COVID-19 test.

Edwards, meanwhile, said he and his family are “fine,” and encourage people to “take the virus seriously, wear masks, employ social distancing measures and get tested whenever possible.”

Edwards is the second head coach to test positive for COVID-19 this week. Arkansas coach Sam Pittman will miss the Razorbacks’ game against Florida after testing positive.


Cal Football podcast with Michael Duca: Covid outbreak cancels opener with Washington with no make up date; Bears head to ASU for next game

Cal head coach Justin Wilcox will have to lead his troops the Cal Golden Bears another day as the home opener at UC Berkeley has been canceled for this Sat Nov 7th due to a Coronavirus outbreak (file photo from Bruins Nation)

Cal Football podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 Michael what does the cancelation of Saturday’s game mean for Cal as they were to open the season at home against the Washington Huskies at Memorial Stadium?

#2 Cal head coach Justin Wilcox says the team takes all kinds of precautions against the spread of Covid 19 but sometimes that’s like plugging multiple holes in a row boat.

#3 One unnamed player and his co-position players are quarantined, the unknown player is asymptomatic and keeping with Berkeley’s Health Department’s protocols the player’s teammates who share the same position with him are quarantined.

#4 The Bears have this game canceled and coach Wilcox says this is a huge disappointment for the alumni, fans, faculty, school, coaches and players and worst it opening day in college football is something that every campus is always looking forward to.

#5 So the Bears will try to again this time at Arizona State on Sat Nov 14th it will be the Bears first game and the Sun Devils second game of the season in the brief six game campaign.

Join Michael Duca for the Cal Bears podcasts each Friday at





Stanford falls in Pac-12 tourney, on the Big Dance bubble

photo from Stanford’s Bryce Wills (2) shoots between California’s Grant Anticevich, left, and California’s Joel Brown during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 men’s tournament Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Las Vegas

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

After being dispatched in the opening round of the Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament in Las Vegas, Stanford now plays the waiting game to see where it continues its season.

California knocked off the Cardinal 63-51 and advances to the second round. With the win, the Golden Bears took the season series; the teams split their conference matchups.

Stanford (20-12) is a bubble team for the NCAA tournament and could possibly be selected for the National Invitation Tournament. The Cardinal are trying to reach the Big Dance for the first time since 2014.

In what might have been the last game either team would play in front of a crowd this season, the contest went on, despite concerns about the coronavirus situation.

Prior to the game, the Pac-12 released a statement saying a decision was made to “only have essential staff, TV network partners, credentialed media, and limited family and friends in attendance” for the remainder of the tournament.

Earlier on Wednesday, the NCAA announced that its men’s and women’s tournaments would be played with similar stipulations.

Stanford trailed 30-20 at the half and never got much closer in the second half, as the Cardinal was held to 32.1 percent field shooting (17 of 53, 5 of 12 3-point), and 12 of 18 at the free throw line.

Daejon Davis topped the Stanford scoring column with 16 points, followed by Bryce Wills with 10. Tyrell Terry and Spencer Jones each score six points. Oscar da Silva, a first team all-Pac-12 selection, was held to 2 of 11 field goal shooting, but led the Cardinal with seven rebounds.

Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Cal faces Stanford at Pac 12 Tournament in Vegas on Wednesday

photo from California’s Joel Brown, left, drives the ball against Oregon State’s Alfred Hollins (4) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in Berkeley, Calif.

Cal Bears basketball podcast with Morris:

#1 Morris talk about how the Oregon State Beavers (16-13) held the Cal Bears (13-18) Matt Bradley in check to only eight points all game long in Corvallis on Saturday night?

#2 Frustrations got to Bradley later in the game when he was tossed after he was jawing with the Beavers Gianni Hunt with just 2:30 left in the game.

#3 Looking back on Feb 1st’s game against the Beavers Bradley scored 23 points to lead Cal to a win at Haas Pavilion what was the difference in that game compared to what happened Saturday night.

#4 Cal’s Austin Paris led with 18 points and Kuany Kuany followed up in second with 11 points

#5 The Bears are in Las Vegas for the Pac 12 Tournament on Wednesday night against the Stanford Cardinal (20-11) after he loss to OSU Cal head coach Mark Fox is hoping the Bears can turn it up a bit.

Morris Phillips does the Bears podcasts each Monday at


Headline Sports with Barbara Mason: Girls basketball canceled due to virus related issues; Sharks have they turned the corner?; plus more Sharks

ap photo: The San Jose Sharks Kevin LaBanc puts one on net against the Minnesota Wild’s goaltender Alex Stalock (32) last Thursday night at SAP Center in San Jose

On Headline Sports with Barbara Mason:

#1 Girls basketball game between Menlo Park-Ahterton and O’Dowd Oakland in the Interscholastic Federation Girls basketball league was canceled due to related concerns regarding Coronavirus.

#2 San Jose Sharks showing signs of improvement have won three of their last four games. They play back to back games this weekend Saturday and Sunday.

#3 Pac 12 Women’s Tournament in Vegas is underway the Cal Bears got a 71-67 win over Arizona State University. Cal senior Jaelyn Brown led Cal with 22 points.

#4 St Mary’s mens will play on Saturday a 9:15pm tip vs. Pepperdine in the WCC Tournament. St Mary’s head coach Randy Bennett said the WCC Tournament is meal to meal event.

#5 Oakland A’s pitcher AJ Puk was given a good news regarding his shoulder. Dr. Neal Elatrache said there are no structural issues.

Barbara Mason does Headline Sports each Saturday at


Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: Cal on roll have won three of last four; Cardinal on four game win streak; plus more

The Cal Bears Matt Bradley (20) takes a fade away shot against the Colorado Buffaloes D’Shawn Schwartz (5) last Thursday night at Haas Pavilion

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason:

#1 The one game that stands out for the Cal Bears is the loss they took against the Washington Huskies getting walloped 87-52. That got Cal head coach Mark Fox to regroup and the Bears came out and won their next two games against some tough schools Utah and Colorado.

#2 The Stanford Cardinal got a huge win over the Colorado Buffaloes 72-64. The Cardinal are No.21 and got help from leading scorer Bryce Wills who played with a sore ankle and led with a key lay up and 19 points in the win on Sunday.

#3 San Francisco Giant catcher Buster Posey feels like he’s back into the swing of things and a good example of that is when he went yard after hitting a two run home run in the third inning of a spring training game on Sunday against San Diego. He’ll be crucial for the Giants line up.

#4 While sitting on the bench and waiting to get the okay to return to action Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry is hoping to get back in the line up for Golden State from his broken bone in his left hand.

#5 It was almost like a one on one contest when the New Orleans Pelicans Zion Williamson who finished with 35 points against the Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James with 34 in the Lakers win over the Pelicans 122-114 on Sunday.

Join Barbara Mason for Headline Sports each Tuesday at


Cal Bears basketball with Morris Phillips: Bears on roll after taking on tough schools head to Oregon Thursday night photo: The Cal Bears forward Grant Anticevich (15) takes the ball down the floor against the Utah Utes forward Timmy Allen (1) on Saturday at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley

On the Cal basketball podcast with Morris:

#1 After Cal (13-16) beat the Utah Utes on Saturday they got inspiration and also took out the Colorado Buffaloes (18-5) last Thursday teams that are both tough customers

#2 Cal’s offense went all out five players with double figures Matt Bradley 21 points, Grant Anticevich 17, Paris Austin 15, Andre Kelly 15 and Joel Brown  11.

#3 It was a hard fought game that went into overtime and it showed that a good team can come back late in the game like the Bears did

#4 The Bears struggled a good portion of the season what has lit their fire and has this team turned around?

#5 Cal heads to Oregon (22-7) to face the Ducks on Thursday night Morris sets this one up for us

Morris does Cal basketball each week at