Washington outclasses Cal late in the Bears’ home season-finale at Haas Pavilion

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By Morris Phillips

BERKELEY, CA–Cal’s last line of defense featuring former walk-on Cole Welle and seldom-used reserve Roman Davis received a near immediate assessment of their abilities courtesy of Washington’s Naz Carter on Saturday in the heat of a close game between the visiting Huskies and the Bears.

Hint: Carter did not issue a ringing endorsement.

Carter’s vicious dunk over Welle with 14:13 remaining marked the conclusion of the competitive contest between Cal and NCAA hopeful Washington, and the commencement of a rout, as the Huskies pulled away emphatically for a 68-51 victory. Again, Cal’s uneven roster absent of frontcourt reserves, a true point guard, and ballhandlers was as responsible for the result as was the Huskies’ high-flying dunk artists.

“In the second half, I thought foul trouble completely took away our flow,” Cal coach Wyking Jones explained. “I had some lineups out there today that I thought I would never have to play but did because of foul trouble. Ultimately, it was foul trouble along with 50-50 balls and loose balls. We had just as much opportunity to get them as they did, but they beat us to a lot of 50-50 balls. At the end of the day, we lost to a very good basketball team.”

Jones was presented near impossible choices when both his shot blocking post players, Marcus Lee and Kingsley Okoroh picked up their fourth fouls early in the second half. With the possibility of losing either to fouls so early in a close game unpalatable, Jones elected to sit both. But that simply unleashed the Huskies, a team of drivers and slashers always on the hunt for point blank scoring opportunities. Carter’s wind up dunk came first, increasing UW’s lead to four, 47-43.

Noah Dickerson’s dunk came a minute later while Cal was in a drought at their end that would see them score just six points in the 13 minutes following Lee’s foul trouble departure with 16:19 remaining. When Don Coleman broke that string with a pair of made free throws with 3:11 remaining, the Bears trailed by 13.

How could Cal go from competing to not scoring so dramatically?

“Once Marcus and King got into foul trouble then I felt like their defensive focus was on Darius (McNeill), Don and Justice (Sueing),” Jones said. “The two guys who could hurt us inside are out of the game so they could focus on making sure the perimeter was tight, take away the driving lines and get over ball screens. Half of our attack was gone at that point, so they were able to focus in on the other guys.”

The Bears fell to 8-21, 2-14 with the loss, tying the record for most Cal losses in a season with 21, which had happened only once (1979) in the 111-year history of the program. The Bears haven’t finished last in the conference since 1980, but that appears to be a certainty barring a pair of major upsets in Arizona next weekend.

Late collapse: Rare Washington State road win drops Cal into the Pac-12 cellar

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By Morris Phillips

BERKELEY, CA–The sobering reality of life in the “Conference of Champions” is that beyond all the competition, parity and national name recognition is an undesirable place reserved for the Pac-12’s downtrodden.

The Cal Bears have taken residence there–in 12th place–after Washington State’s Drick Bernstein slipped behind the defense and scored the game-winning layup with a second remaining at Haas Pavilion on Thursday.

The 78-76 loss to WSU in a wildy-competitive contest between the Pac-12’s most disadvantaged teams most certainly means the Bears will be the lowest seeded team in the conference tournament that commences in two weeks at Las Vegas. With the win, the Cougars swept the season series against Cal and would have to lose at least two of their final three league contests to fall behind the Bears.

When two teams have combined for just five conference wins, any movement in the standings in this short time frame is highly unlikely. Along with the drama laced into the victory, the scenario had WSU Coach Ernie Kent feeling very fortunate.

“For this team, with everything they’ve been through, similar to what Cal’s gone through, to come down here and play a much-improved Cal team, it was just a grind-it-out win for us,” Kent said.

On the game’s final play–on the heels of Marcus Lee’s tying basket with seven seconds remaining–the Cougars refused a timeout and rushed the ball up the floor where they found Cal’s defense scrambled. Bernstein slipped into the post and WSU guard Malachi Flynn found him for the game-winner.

“We weren’t communicating well enough and he got open for a layup,” said Cal’s scoring leader Justice Sueing, who finished with 25 points. “That game should have been ours.”

Despite the loss, the Bears achieved some level of redemption for their poor showing last month in Pullman, in which the Cougars embarassed the Bears in a 25-point win that turned lopsided after halftime. This time the Bears paid attention to WSU’s shooters, controlled the glass, and shared the ball offensively, illustrated by their 17 assists. But the Bears went scoreless for more than three minutes down the stretch, which allowed Washington State to draw even, and set up the dramatic finish in which there were five lead changes in the game’s final minutes.

Individually, the Bears did some notable things, most prominently Sueing’s 25 points, his sixth 20-point game of the season. Lee was a perfect 7 for 7 shooting from the floor. Darius McNeill hit three 3-pointers, and seldom-utilized Roman Davis came up with a career-best 15 points.

Washington State countered with four of their starters scoring in double figures led by Robert Franks with 15.

The Bears host Washington on Saturday in their regular season home finale.

Don’t whine, it’s over at nine: Cal squeezes past Oregon State to end losing streak

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By Morris Phillips

BERKELEY, CA–Stay together. Continue to fight. Even for first-year Cal coach Wyking Jones, repeating those rallying cry phrases carried little significance without putting one in the win column.

Finally, after more than a month, Jones’ Bears have that win.

Kingsley Okoroh registered his first career double-double and the Bears used a big, first half run to get past Oregon State, 74-70 at Haas Pavilion on Saturday night.

The Bears had dropped nine in a row, one off the school-record 10 losses established in 1962. But throughout, players and coaches remained positive and hopeful the streak could be broken.

“Our guys stayed together and believed in each other,” Jones said. “We challenged them to run their shooters off the line and we were okay with giving up two-point contested field goals. The threes add up quick so that was the main focus defensively — it was just to not give up open looks from three. We also made a ton of hustle plays.”

The Bears started slow, and trailed by as many as 10 early. But the response was immediate: Cal scored 30 of the game’s next 40 points to establish their own double-digit lead, and then led 36-28 at the half. OSU was held scoreless for more than six minutes during the run, and shot just 38 percent from the floor in the opening 20 minutes.

Unlike the previous month of Cal basketball, the Bears held it together under the adversity of a deficit on the scoreboard. Meanwhile, the Beavers unraveled, likely under the road woes they’ve endured in losing 18 straight true road contests.

“It is frustrating, but we’ve got to stay positive,” OSU coach Wayne Tinkle said. “Toughness and discipline wins on the road, and we’ve got to continue to establish that.”

Still, Oregon State applied the pressure with an 8-0 run to lead 57-56 with 6:47 remaining. But Cal’s response–Darius McNeill’s 3-pointer–was immediate, and the Bears never again trailed.

The ragged nature of the ballgame–surprisingly free of turnovers, but littered with 51 foul calls–no doubt had both coaches on edge. But Cal (8-16, 2-9) found away to exploit the situation by making 29 of 39 from the stripe, as big as a surprise as the win itself given Cal’s season-long struggles at the foul line.  In the final 3:30 with the game in the balance, the Bears sunk 11 of 14 to seal it.

“Coach yesterday made us shoot free throws for 30 minutes straight,” Okoroh recalled. “We just all sat around and shot free throws in silence, and it paid off today.”

McNeill led Cal with 16 points, Marcus Lee and Okoroh added 14, and Justice Sueing had 11. Sueing has scored in double figures in all 11 conference games, and did so Saturday despite foul trouble that limited him to six minutes in the first half.

“I’m just very happy for our guys,” Jones said. “Throughout all the losses, throughout all the tough breaks, they’ve been able to continue to fight and continue to stay together.”

Steven Thompson Jr. led OSU (11-11, 3-7) with 24 points, and Tres Tinkle added 19.

The Bears continue Pac-12 play on Wednesday at Colorado followed by a visit to Salt Lake City to face Utah.

Can’t duck this: Oregon starts fast, shoots the lights out in big win at Cal

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By Morris Phillips

BERKELEY–Slow starts returned, missed shots never went away, and Cal’s losing streak grew longer on Thursday night.

Oregon was present at Haas Pavilion to benefit from each update, winning 66-53 over Cal to keep their slim hopes of post-season play alive, while the Bears fell for the ninth, consecutive time.

Not surprisingly, the artistry on both sides was dwarfed by sloppy play, highlighted by the combined 33 turnovers posted by the two teams.

Oregon coach Dana Altman didn’t necessarily like what he witnessed, but he appreciated the effort counting in the win column.

“We’ve always had a lot of trouble here,” Altman said. “It’s never been an easy place for us. So we were fortunate to get the win, but we need to play better on Saturday. We need to grow as a team and play smarter.”

The Bears were doomed by their scoreless start to the game, going more than six minutes and trailing 9-0 before Don Coleman broke the slide with his made jumper. They would trail by as many as 15 points before a late run got them within 34-26 at the half.

“We have been really good out of the gate as of late, and today I look up at the score and its 0-9 and we have to try and get back into the game,” coach Wyking Jones said. “We didn’t set a good tone coming out of the gates. I wasn’t happy about that, because I thought we had gotten past that.”

The Bears competitiveness kicked in, just not at the critical junctures. Cal outrebounded the Ducks and forced 17 turnovers, but saw all their hustle undone by missed shots. When the Bears climbed to within 53-47 with 5:36 remaining, the Ducks responded with an 8-0 run to put the game away.

Cal shot just 33 percent from the floor for the game, and missed 13 of their 17 3-point attempts. They also played stretches without post players Marcus Lee and Kingsley Okoroh, who were both saddled with foul trouble.

“When we get the ball inside, we get moving, guys cut to the rim, and we have Marcus and King who are great passers out of the post, so when those guys were in foul trouble, we didn’t have that option,” Jones said.

Freshman Troy Brown led the Ducks with 16 points. Elijah Brown added 15, and MiKyle McIntosh had 13. The Ducks put 22 fewer shots than the Bears, but made them count, shooting 55 percent from the floor with nine made threes.

Cal got 16 points from Don Coleman, and 12 from Justice Sueing. Coleman returned from a two-game suspension for a violation of team rules.

The Bears host Oregon State on Saturday at 5pm.

 

The turnover factory: Cal coughs it up in loss to red-hot USC

 

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USC point guard Derryck Thornton (5) and Cal’s Justice Sueing battle for a loose ball in the first half on Jan. 28.
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By Morris Phillips

Well, we’ve seen this before. And not just once or twice.

On one hand, Cal’s season-long struggles are indicative of their imbalanced roster and the unrelenting lessons an inexperienced team faces at the highest levels of college basketball.

But on the other hand, USC’s story is far more uplifting. The Trojans began the season in the rare clutches of the FBI and a far-reaching probe into the seamy underside of college recruiting. But despite the firing of a trusted assistant coach and the loss of one of their most beloved teammates, the hottest team in the Pac-12 has hit its stride, fueled by a deep and athletic roster that could be termed a fastbreak waiting to happen.

“We’re a 55-foot buzzer beater away from being in first place in the league but we’re 8-2,” USC coach Andy Enfield said. “It’s a compliment and credit to our players.”

That’s the backstory regarding USC’s 77-59 runaway victory over Cal on Sunday at the Galen Center. Turnovers–bunches of them–rate as the story’s headliner.

USC forces turnovers as if they were running a manufacturing company with the aforementioned as their primary product. Unfortunately, Cal can’t hold on to the basketball in normal circumstances, and facing the Trojans takes that flaw to an extreme level.

Even in a competitive first half in which Cal shot 47 percent from the floor, and led briefly by eight, the Bears turned it over 14 times. Leading 29-28 just before halftime, the Bears shots stopped falling while the turnovers continued unabated.

As Cal (7-15, 1-8) failed to prop up their sloppy ballhandling with made shots, the USC track meet commenced. Just six minutes into the second half, the Trojans’ lead hit double digits. USC’s leading scorer, Chimezie Metu capitalized on a second shot opportunity with a dunk, and the Trojans led 44-34 with 13:56 remaining.

“Once we get our defense going, we get steals, we get into transition and that generates our offense, and the rim looks bigger,” USC senior guard Elijah Stewart said. “We had more energy in the second half, we had ball movement and played together.”

Enfield felt his team took difficult shots early, as a scoring drought nearly six minutes in length allowed Cal to gain confidence and establish a lead. Cal coach Wyking Jones felt his team lost its stride as USC began to dictate the pace.

“We have to do a better job of not getting sped up,” Jones said.

Marcus Lee led Cal with 23 points, but 17 of those came in the second half as USC pulled away. Also Lee and guard Darius McNeill were credited with 12 of Cal’s 20 turnovers.

Stewart and Jonah Mathews led USC (17-6, 8-2) with 16 points a piece. Stewart’s scoring all came in the second half, and the Trojan leaders both canned four 3-pointers.

Cal’s loss was their eighth in a row, their worst run since 1992. The Bears continue to compete, and they’ve put to rest their issues with slow starts. But real improvement can’t commence without better ball security and overall consistency.

“We have to be able to but together a 40-minute game,” Jones said. “Not just halves.”

The Trojans have won six straight, and eight of nine. With play concluded for the month of January, the Trojans have seven wins, the first time they’ve done that since 1982.

Just last week, USC fired assistant coach Tony Bland after he received a federal indictment right before the season opener that focused on illegal payments to players and their families and advisers. De’Anthony Melton, the Trojans’ sophomore guard and NBA prospect, was suspended in the wake of Bland’s indictment. In the wake of Bland’s firing, the USC athletic department announced that Melton’s suspension would be extended through the remainder of the season.

The Bears return to the hardwood on Thursday when the Oregon Ducks visit Haas Pavilion.

 

Beat LA? Not Cal: Bears get swept by USC and UCLA at home for first time in 11 years

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By Morris Phillips

BERKELEY–For the first time in more than a decade, both UCLA and USC have victories at Haas Pavilion in the same season. And with the Cal Bears still struggling to find their footing against Pac-12 competition, neither the Bruins or Trojans had to sweat.

UCLA got their opportunity to take advantage of the Bears on Saturday afternoon, and did so from the opening tip, racing to a 13-2 to advantage on their way to a 107-84 win, featuring a season-best 13 made three-pointers. The 107 points and 17 threes were both season-bests for the Bruins, while the defenseless Bears allowed at least 90 points in a game for the sixth time this season.

Thomas Welsh led the Bruins with 19 points, 14 rebounds despite playing with a protective mask for the first time following a collision with Stanford’s Reid Travis on Thursday. Aaron Holiday added 21 points and freshman Kris Wilkes had 16 as six Bruins scored in double figures. UCLA bounced back from a crushing double overtime loss at Stanford on Thursday with 58 percent shooting from the floor against Cal.

“That’s key especially playing on the road in the Pac 12,” Welsh said. “You have to get ahead early and I think we did a good job of that tonight.”

The Bears were led by Justice Sueing with 22 points, and Marcus Lee with 19 points, 15 rebounds. But the home team’s offense was absent in UCLA’s quick start, as Cal shot just 26 percent in the first half while falling behind 54-33.

“We try to put the best lineup out there to give us the best fight, give us the best chance from the start of the game,” coach Wyking Jones said. “You see me juggling the lineups a bit, so we can put guys out there that will bring it from the start. It’s just a situation that for some reason, we don’t have good starts. We weren’t aggressive in the first half, we didn’t look to attack the zone like we did in the second half.”

The Bears (7-9, 1-2 in Pac-12 play) dropped two at home after winning four of five, including their stirring comeback at Stanford last week. Unlike their tentative effort against Trojans, the Bears were scrappy and determined, making a brief, second half run that cut UCLA’s lead to 13 at one point. But the Bruins seized control again, by making 9 of 11 from distance in the second half to pull away.

The Bears travel to Seattle on Thursday to meet Washington.  It will mark the Bears’ second trip to the Emerald City in less than a month, after an earlier road win over  Seattle University.

Slow start, turnovers lead to USC rout of Cal in Pac-12 home opener 80-62

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By Morris Phillips

BERKELEY–The pained look on Coach Wyking Jones’ face said it all. The question regarding repeated slow starts for Jones’ California Golden Bears, especially at Haas Pavilion, was fair given that Cal scored just eight points in the first 10 minutes of Thursday’s disappointing 80-62 loss to USC.

And Jones’ response? As honest and revealing as any Division I basketball coach ever wants to be or has to be when admitting his team was outclassed.

“It’s frustrating, but our guys aren’t trying to do that,” Jones said. “They are trying to do the right thing. They are young, it’s a process, and we have to just focus on the light at the end of the tunnel. These guys who are freshman are going to be sophomores next year, and then juniors and then seniors, and really good. You have to focus on what the light at the end of the tunnel is as opposed to what’s going on right now.”

What’s going on for Cal right now is a youth-laden club without a forceful, ball handling leader is taking its lumps.  USC, a pre-season Top 25 pick that’s dealing with a recruiting scandal and its own shortcomings, may have been the last opponent the Bears wanted to see on the occasion of their Pac-12 home opener. Those lumps Cal’s taking were hand delivered by the Trojans on Thursday.

USC’s zone look with arms and hands everywhere befuddled the Bears to the tune 22 turnovers juxtaposed against just 13 assists on 23 made baskets.  Of those 23 baskets, only eight came in the first half when Cal fell behind by 26 points (38-12 with 1:54 remaining).  The deficit grew to 30 points briefly in the second half as Cal’s issues offensively morphed into defensive indifference.  While the final score was more palatable, this marked the third time this season Cal has lost by 18 or more points at home this season.

If the light at the end of the tunnel that Coach Jones spoke of was to be interpreted literally, it would have been one lit candle at the western most juncture of BART’s Transbay Tube on Thursday.

“We have another game on Saturday against UCLA so we have to move past this and regather tomorrow morning, and prepare for UCLA,” said freshman Justice Sueing, who led the Bears with 15 points.

In fairness to the Bears, the Trojans are the last team a struggling outfit wants to see. Just ask USC’s most recent opponent Washington State.  With the Cougars methodically trying to regain their footing against the Trojans on New Years’ Eve after a first half that was as poor as Cal’s, WSU cut USC’s lead to just eight points. But on the next six possessions, Washington State committed five turnovers and saw their deficit balloon to 18 points in less than the three minutes that elapsed on the game clock.

Against Cal, USC’s zone caused the Bears to be extremely tentative to the point that guards Don Coleman and Darius McNeill became non-factors in the first 25 minutes of the game.  Cal’s normally high scoring guards combined to miss 13 of their 16 shots while committing six turnovers.  While McNeill found a way to extend his impressive streak of hitting at least one three-pointer in 14 of his 15 games as a collegian, his penetration into the paint was almost non-existent.

Marcus Lee had an impressive start offensively with a follow dunk and a couple of other buckets from point blank range, but five turnovers and foul trouble kept the Kentucky transfer from making much of a difference as the game progressed.

The Trojans were led by Nick Rakocevic with 19 points. Bennie Boatwright added 15 points, and Jordan Usher had 14 off the bench for USC.

Chimezie Metu was suspended for the first 20 minutes for his actions against Washington State in which cameras caught the 6’10” junior jabbing an opponent in the groin. Metu played 11 minutes in the second half, in which his epic dunk over Lee immediately triggered a SportsCenter alert all the way across the country at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.

The Bears return to the hardwood on Saturday when UCLA visits Haas Pavilion at 3:30pm.

Cal’s rollercoaster season continues in Pac-12 opening win at Stanford

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Stanford forward Michael Humphrey (10) battles for a loose ball against California guard Don Coleman (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

 

By Morris Phillips

The switch operating the team performance appliance for Cal basketball didn’t get flipped until less than 10 minutes remained in Saturday’s conference opener at Stanford.

But once switched, the effect was immediate.

The Bears’ zone defense that was ineffective from the start disappeared. A menacing man-to-man scheme took its place. Despite a 17-point halftime deficit, the belief returned. And then the made baskets, one after another.

“Once our guys got settled in and saw what they were trying to do, we started doing a better job of containing them off the dribble,” Coach Wyking Jones said of the comeback that would wipe out Stanford’s big lead in the final seven minutes of the game.
“Nick Hamilton came in and really gave us a spark. His energy and enthusiasm–the other guys feed off of it. Once we did a better job of keeping them off the offensive glass, it worked out for us.”

For Cal, winning at Maples Pavilion has never been easy. Mike Montgomery did it on his initial visit as the opposing coach, then suffered a slew of losses in the ensuing years.  Jaylen Brown didn’t win at Stanford in his one opportunity. Ivan Rabb got two shots and came up empty. Jason Kidd won at Maples once–at the time it felt like the breakthrough of the century.

And this edition of California basketball coming off an embarrassing 25-point loss to Portland State at home, not to mention similar defeats at the hands of Central Arkansas, Cal State Northridge and Chaminade? They put on their super hero capes and pulled off a tremendous finish that gathered the collective strengths of a group that had been up and down throughout the non-conference slate.

Marcus Lee overcame early foul trouble and, along with Kingsley Okoroh, anchored the defense late. Lee finished with 19 points and seven rebounds. Justice Sueing scored eight points in the final three minutes. And little utilized freshman Grant Anticevich canned a key three-pointer down the stretch.

And in a battle of struggling clubs grasping for 40 minutes of consistency, the Bears came up with 10 minutes of winning play that they’re unlikely to forget.

St. Mary’s provides Cal with in-house, Saturday night tutorial session

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California’s Nick Hamilton, right, falls to the floor after being fouled by Saint Mary’s Calvin Hermanson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot

By Morris Phillips

BERKELEY, CA–Calvin Hermanson, the unabashed scoring threat for the St. Mary’s Gaels certainly doesn’t look the part. From his one-size too big uniform, rec specs, headband and quirky, twitchy mannerisms, Hermanson has neighborhood pickup league written all over him.

On Saturday night, under the bright lights, the inexperienced Cal Bears didn’t know what to do with Hermanson.

In a battle of upper class nerds and fresh-faced freshman, St. Mary’s took Cal to school, winning 74-63 at Haas Pavilion in the first installment of a three-year agreement between the neighboring East Bay schools.

As a series providing entertainment value, this one needs growth as witnessed by the less than sellout crowd and Cal’s disjointed play.

“We looked young out there today,” coach Wyking Jones said of his Bears. “They have to figure it out.”

Hermanson scored 19 of his team-best 22 points before halftime as the Gaels shot 60 percent from the floor and raced to a 44-30 lead. Even with WCC Player of the Year candidate Jock Landale saddled with two fouls and sitting, the Gaels broke a 22-all tie and surged in the half’s final nine minutes.

Only once during the second half did the St. Mary’s lead dip below double digits even as the Gaels’ shooting cooled to 34 percent. But at critical junctures, they got buckets while doing a defensive number on Cal’s backcourt, starting with leading scorer Don Coleman and freshman Darius McNeill coming off his career best in scoring.

“Coleman is a tough cover, and he didn’t have his best night tonight. I think Tanner had something to do with that,” St. Mary’s coach Randy Bennett said. “Jordan (Ford) played well — he’s been playing well — and I think he’s just growing as a player into his role, which is a pretty big role for us. We need him to score, and he did a really good job on McNeill, who’s a good player, and had 22 last game. I think Jordan did a super job defending him. I think that was the difference.”

Ford came in averaging seven points a game and finished with 17 points, six rebounds. Like Hermanson, the sophomore guard was a handful for Cal as he transformed from scholarship athlete to Splash Brothers impersonator for several, second half possessions.

Marcus Lee led Cal with 23 points on 10 of 14 shooting, and his size and quickness bothered Landale in the post at both ends, but Lee’s offense didn’t get Cal back in the game, it merely kept them within striking range. Ditto for Nick Hamilton, who was 7 for 7 shooting in 31 minutes off the bench in his best performance as a collegian.

The rest of the Bears that saw action shot 9 for 32 from the floor, and Coleman was hounded into missing 13 of his 16 shot attempts. Jones felt his guys grew too anxious when things didn’t go well early on. Rushed shots, a trio of walking calls and other turnovers ensued which never allowed the Bears to get their crowd involved.

“They clogged the lanes, which made it hard for our guys to have driving lanes,” Jones said. They kept it tight– we could have benefitted from more drive and kick tonight — but it’s always that if this team digs itself into a hole, everybody tries so hard to make that 10-point play, and there’s no such thing as a 10-point play.”

The two schools met for only the second time in the last 12 years, with Cal winning the previous matchup behind Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown in 2015. The Bears will visit Moraga in 2018, and then host the Gaels in 2019.