Bears Upset By Cal Poly, 63-62
Nov. 21, 2003
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Nick Enzweiler followed in a missed shot with 4.8 secondsleft to give Cal Poly a stunning 63-62 over California at Haas Pavilion Fridaynight.
The heavily favored Golden Bears frittered away a 14-point lead in thesecond half, as Enzweiler, a local boy who had always wanted to go to Cal butwas never recruited, wound up with 17 points, grabbed five rebounds and handedout three assists to spark the upset.
'I've been waiting for 365 days for this,' said Enzweiler, who sat outlast year after transferring from UTEP. 'It was a case of being in the rightplace in the right time - it was fabulous.'
Kameron Gray added 14 points for the Mustangs (1-0), including a longthree-pointer to bring Cal Poly within one with 33 seconds left.
After two Richard Midgely free throws extended the margin to three pointsagain, Gray hit a 12-footer to again make it a one-point game with 13 secondsto go.
Cal's A.J. Diggs then threw away the inbounds pass, giving Cal Poly the ball.
Varnie Dennis missed a short hook in the lane, but Enzweiler was there tofollow the miss and give the Mustangs the win.
Amit Tamir topped Cal (0-1) with 13 points and six rebounds, and heraldedfreshman Leon Powe had a double-double, with 12 points and 10 boards.
'I thought we made some poor decisions,' said Cal coach Ben Braun afterthe game, referring to the Bears choosing to run time off the clock rather thanattack the basket in the final minute. 'Our defense was very poor when itneeded to be good. We needed to get some stops.'
Cal Poly had built a five-point lead midway through the first half, but theMustangs then went 7:35 without scoring -- and at the end of a 14-0 run, Called 27-18.
Freshman Marquise Kately had the last eight of those 14, but those were hisonly points.
At the half, the Bears led by eight, and extended the margin to 14, 48-34,with 13:30 left. But Cal Poly steadily chipped away, with two NBA-distancethree-pointers by Enzweiler getting the Mustangs within ten, and firing up theCal Poly bench.
'As the game went on, our kids just got more confident,' said Cal Polycoach Kevin Bromley. 'It was a giant win for us and the Big West.'
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