This Time The Road is Kind: Cal whips WSU in Pullman, 66-57

By Morris Phillips The Cal Bears had to take their most arduous trip, and find the most vulnerable opponent–in a rare Wednesday night contest–to end their road woes. No need to ask: they’ll take it. Paris Austin, Andre Kelly and Matt Bradley combined for 46 points in Cal’s 66-57 win over Washington State, their firstContinue reading “This Time The Road is Kind: Cal whips WSU in Pullman, 66-57”

Running With the Devils: Bears acquit themselves quite respectably in 80-75 loss to Arizona State

By Morris Phillips BERKELEY, CA–A high-scoring game is the last thing the Cal Bears want to be involved in. Unless, you’re a Cal fan and ticket holder, then your attitude is probably why not? The Bears’ rebuilding process that landed them in the Pac-12 basement in 2018 and 2019 has them traversing the bottom tierContinue reading “Running With the Devils: Bears acquit themselves quite respectably in 80-75 loss to Arizona State”

Wildcat Wakeup Call: Lethargic Arizona surges after halftime, beats Cal 68-52

By Morris Phillips BERKELEY, CA–Cal’s season-long shooting issues didn’t get corrected on Thursday night. Arizona’s shooting struggles created last week at home against the Los Angeles schools did, with a jolt of confidence that surfaced in a timely manner after halftime. Some issues are chronic, some are fleeting. In a 16-point road victory over Cal,Continue reading “Wildcat Wakeup Call: Lethargic Arizona surges after halftime, beats Cal 68-52”

Cal Shut Down: Utah comes up with season-best defensive effort in 60-45 win over the Bears

By Morris Phillips When your best player makes shots winning comes easier. When that best player also shuts down the opponent’s main guy, winning is almost assured. It was for Utah on Timmy Allen on Saturday at the Huntsman Center. The Utes leading scorer came up with 14 of his team-best 20 points down theContinue reading “Cal Shut Down: Utah comes up with season-best defensive effort in 60-45 win over the Bears”

Road Remains Rough: Cal suffers narrow loss at Colorado, falls to 0-9 away from home

By Morris Phillips No. 24 Colorado didn’t like the way they played, but they were satisfied with how they finished in a 71-65 win at home on Thursday night. Cal coach Mark Fox said he and his coaching staff would examine how they do things approaching road contests after dropping the first eight this season,Continue reading “Road Remains Rough: Cal suffers narrow loss at Colorado, falls to 0-9 away from home”

Standing Firm: Big charge call in final seconds allows Cal to slip past OSU, 69-67

By Morris Phillips BERKELEY, CA–The youthful Cal Bears and their coaching staff didn’t know what to expect. After two, last place finishes in the Pac-12, a coaching change, and a roster with as many additions as departures, they knew they probally weren’t going to be great, and that they didn’t want to be last-place bad.Continue reading “Standing Firm: Big charge call in final seconds allows Cal to slip past OSU, 69-67”

Improved Bears take No. 11 Oregon to the wire in 75-72 loss

By Morris Phillips BERKELEY, CA–Two weeks ago, a visit from a ranked opponent would have resulted in a lopsided loss for the Cal Bears. On Thursday night at Haas Pavilion, No. 11 Oregon got all they could handle from the improving Bears in a 75-72 win that had the Ducks sweating in the final minute.Continue reading “Improved Bears take No. 11 Oregon to the wire in 75-72 loss”

Bruins Got the Message: Quality defensive effort by UCLA shuts down Cal, 50-40

By Morris Phillips This wasn’t by statistical measures a great defensive effort by UCLA, but the Bruins did draw a line that the Cal Bears weren’t capable of crossing. That line came minutes into the second half when Cal’s final lead of the afternoon (25-24) morphed into an 11-minute scoreless drought that propelled UCLA toContinue reading “Bruins Got the Message: Quality defensive effort by UCLA shuts down Cal, 50-40”

Bradley’s Banker In Overtime: Cal defeats Washington with dramatic 3-pointer, 61-58

By Morris Phillips BERKELEY, CA–Winning ugly has a new signature: the dagger three off the bank in the final seconds of overtime. Cal’s Matt Bradley pulled off the feat in the Bears’ 61-58 win over Washington, and while he didn’t gush over his game-winning basket, coach Mark Fox did. “It was a thing of beauty,”Continue reading “Bradley’s Banker In Overtime: Cal defeats Washington with dramatic 3-pointer, 61-58”

Cal Comes Around: Pac-12 home opening win over WSU, 73-66, ends frustrating stretch for the Bears

By Morris Phillips BERKELEY, CA–For the Cal Bears Thursday night everything went wrong, including the lead up. That included a week of practice that coach Mark Fox said was poor, a couple of players got injured, an uneven shootaround, then the start of the game against Washington State, in which the Bears found themselves doubledContinue reading “Cal Comes Around: Pac-12 home opening win over WSU, 73-66, ends frustrating stretch for the Bears”