Cal Nipped By Air Force
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Air Force held California to six points in the final8:06 and upset the Bears 49-44 to win the Office Depot Golden Bear Classic onSunday night.
Joel Gerlach scored 10 points to lead the Falcons (6-2), who won theirfourth straight game.
Leon Powe was a bright spot for California (4-5), scoring 25 pointsand grabbing seven rebounds.
The rest of the Bear starters were 6-of-22 from the field against an AirForce squad that leads the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 49.3 pointsper game. As a team, California shot just 38.9 percent from the field,including 1-for-8 from 3-point range.
A.J. Kuhle hit a 3-pointer with 50 seconds left to put Air Force ahead46-42, and Tim Keller hit three free throws in the final 25 seconds to seal thevictory. Keller and Antoine Hood each had nine points for Air Force.
The game was tied 20-20 at halftime after Kuhle hit a 35-footer at thebuzzer.
The Falcons took a 25-22 lead early in the second half, but California thenused a 16-8 run to take a 38-33 lead with 8:06 remaining.
Air Force answered with a 10-0 run, including a 3-pointer and two lay-ups byHood, that put the Falcons up 43-38 with 3:55 to play. The smothering Air Forcedefense helped hold California in check the rest of the way.