Bears Pull Out Overtime Win Against San Francisco
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Amit Tamir scored 26 points, including a last second3-pointer that sent the game into overtime, as California defeated SanFrancisco 77-70 on Monday.
In the 75th meeting between the San Francisco Bay area rivals, but firstsince 1997, Joe Shipp had 20 points and freshman Richard Midgley added acareer-high 16, including six in overtime. The Bears (7-2) won their 24thconsecutive home game over a nonconference opponent and snapped San Francisco'sthree-game in streak.
Shamell Stallworth had 20, James Bayless 17 and John Cox 14 for the Dons(4-7), who hung tough despite just seven points from two-time all-West CoastConference forward and current leading scorer Darrell Tucker. Jason Gainesadded 10 assists.
Cox, the cousin of Lakers all-star guard Kobe Bryant, hit a tough runner inthe lane, making it 64-61 with 12.3 seconds left, but USF inexplicably leftTamir open for a 3-pointer. The 6-foot-11 center from Jerusalem drilled it frombeyond the top of the key, tying it at 64-64 with 3.7 seconds.
After a Cal timeout, USF's Alvin Broussard dribbled the length of the courtand banked home a 4-footer as the horn sounded. All three officials looked ateach other, then referred to a courtside television monitor before waving offthe shot.
Wethers (11 points) opened the overtime with a 3-pointer and Cal led therest of the game.
The Bears made nine of their first 13 shots of the second half to open a51-42 lead. But the Dons scored six straight points in 39 seconds to closewithin 51-48. Two minutes later, Cox tied it at 53-53 with a 3-pointer. Neitherteam led by more than four the rest of the way.
Cal looked lethargic after its 80-67 nationally televised loss to No. 19Kansas on Saturday, missing its first eight shots en route to a 13-1 deficit.But the Bears eventually caught up, taking their first lead 28-27 with 4:48left in the half on an A.J. Diggs steal, coast-to-coast drive and layup.
The lead changed four times before two free throws by Midgley gave the Bearsa 32-31 halftime lead. Both teams struggled from the field, hitting a combined21 of 55 shots (38 percent). Tucker scored five of USF's first seven points butwas shut out the final 17:39 of the half.
Cal's Martin Smith, son of the late Phil Smith, a former all-America guardat USF and two-time NBA all-star, entered with 14:50 left in the first half.The walk-on freshman assisted on Cal's first basket, a fastbreak layup byShipp. Phil Smith, who won an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors,died of bone morrow cancer on July 30 at the age of 50.
San Francisco won the team's last meeting, 59-50, on Dec. 2, 1997.
Before the game, USF coach Phillip Mathews announced that former Michiganguard Dommanic Ingerson has signed a letter of intent to San Francisco.Ingerson averaged 26 minutes and 8.1 points last season as a true freshman forthe Wolverines but played limited minutes in their exhibition games thisseason.