Cal Poly Upsets Bears, 63-62, on Late Basket
Nov. 21, 2003
BERKELEY - Nick Enzweiller tipped in a missed shot with 4.8 seconds left to lift Cal Poly to a 63-62 upset over California in both teams' season-opener Friday night at Haas Pavilion.
The loss broke Cal's 25-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents and was just the Bears' second home loss ever to a team outside the Pac-10 in Haas. Cal lost to Penn, 74-71, in the 1999 Golden Bear Classic final - the first year the facility opened.
For much of the game, it appeared the Bears would win their sixth-straight season opener. After trailing early in the contest, Cal used a 13-0 run to grab a 27-18 advantage with 3:45 left in the first half. Freshman wing Marquise Kately had eight points during the spurt.
In the second half, the Bears raised their lead to as many as 14 points at 48-34. But Cal Poly chopped its deficit to less than 10 on an Enzweiller three-pointer with 9:55 to go, making the score, 52-45.
Cal still led by eight points at 60-52 with 2:58 remaining after an Amit Tamir tip in. However, the Mustangs scored seven consecutive points, capped by a three-pointer by Kameron Gray to narrow the score to 60-59 with 35 seconds left.
Richard Midgley sank two foul shots to push the lead back to three, but Gray responded with another basket with 14 seconds left. With Cal still ahead, 62-61, A.J. Diggs overthrew Marquise Kately on the in-bounds pass, setting up Cal Poly's winning bucket. The Bears were unable to get a shot off before the final buzzer.
Tamir paced the Bears with 13 points, while freshman Leon Powe had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Midgley finished with 11 points. The Bears, though, shot just 40.6 percent from the field after halftime and allowed the Mustangs to make 53.8 percent of their attempts over the final 20 minutes.
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