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”

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”

Cal puts the squeeze on Stanford late, escapes with an improbable 52-50 win

By Morris Phillips BERKELEY, CA–An upset realized despite the slimmest margin of error? Yes, that would describe the Cal Bears’ unlikely, come-from-behind 52-50 win over rival Stanford on Sunday. For the Bears, the win provides a measure of affirmation in a season as trying as any. For Stanford, a damaging loss that knocks the surprisingContinue reading “Cal puts the squeeze on Stanford late, escapes with an improbable 52-50 win”

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”

Bears’ offense absent for long stretches in 71-52 loss at Santa Clara

By Morris Phillips SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Cal coach Mark Fox shook up his lineup on Saturday at Santa Clara in response to his team’s sluggish defensive effort at USF where they fell 76-64. Then Fox watched his team’s offense wander off in a 71-52 loss to the Broncos at the Leavey Center. Defensively, theContinue reading “Bears’ offense absent for long stretches in 71-52 loss at Santa Clara”

Cal’s trip to USF results in a 76-64 defeat and a Bay Area basketball history lesson

By Morris Phillips SAN FRANCISCO — Kevin Johnson and his sidekick, Dave Butler didn’t win at USF. They came to the Hilltop as seniors in December 1986 and suffered an agonizing, two-point loss that had Lou Campanelli seething. Geno Carlisle, Sean Marks, Sean Lampley and Francisco (Cisco) Elson made the trip across the Bay asContinue reading “Cal’s trip to USF results in a 76-64 defeat and a Bay Area basketball history lesson”

Cal beats UC Davis 72-66 to end their two-game slide

By Morris Phillips BERKELEY, Calif. — The growth process for any college basketball team revolves around dealing with prosperity or handling adversity. But it’s rare that a team experiences both in the same ballgame. While facing UC Davis on Tuesday, the Cal Bears dealt with the extremes. In a narrow 72-66 victory over the Aggies,Continue reading “Cal beats UC Davis 72-66 to end their two-game slide”

Bears start Coach Fox off with an impressive 87-71 win over Pepperdine

By Morris Phillips BERKELEY — After a pair of last place finishes in the Pac-12, a coaching change, and a great deal of personnel upheaval, the Cal Bears looked like a breath of fresh air in dispatching Pepperdine 87-71 in their season opener. Coach Mark Fox, how about that improvement from last year’s 8-23 nightmare?Continue reading “Bears start Coach Fox off with an impressive 87-71 win over Pepperdine”

Bad Break: Cal falters after halftime, Washington surges to 71-52 win

By Morris Phillips The Washington Huskies are the most recognizable thing the Pac-12 has to offer these days. Deep, athletic and experienced, UW currently projects to be a 10-seed were the NCAA tournament to commence next week. UW is the only conference team to have a tournament profile at this point. Arizona, Oregon and ArizonaContinue reading “Bad Break: Cal falters after halftime, Washington surges to 71-52 win”