Cal Outlasts Marshall, 72-70, in Great Alaska Shootout
Nov. 24, 2006
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Ryan Anderson scored 19 points, including four free throws in the last 28 seconds, as California outlasted Marshall 72-70 Thursday in the first round of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.
Anderson broke a 68-68 tie with two free throws and added two more with 3.8 seconds remaining.
Marshall's Jean Francois Bro Grebe took a length-of-the-court pass and scored and the Thundering Herd called time-out with 1.7 seconds left, but could not steal the inbound pass.
No team led by more than five the entire game, which featured 13 ties and 25 lead changes.
The Golden Bears (3-1) shot just 22 percent the first half but hit 7 of 8 free throws and trailed 30-29.
Anderson, a 6-10 freshman, had only two points at the break but he and Ayinde Ubaka caught fire in the second half. Ubaka finished with 21 points and hit 5-of-6 3-pointers.
Marshall (1-2) matched its biggest lead, 62-57, on a basket by Markel Humphrey with 5:52 remaining. Jerome Randle then hit a basket for Cal, Anderson hit a 3-pointer and Randle converted a four-point play for a 65-62 lead.
Bro Grebe and Travis Aikens led Marshall with 14 points and Markel Humphrey had 13.
After their first half shooting woes, the Bears made 13-of-26 attempts (50.0%) after intermission, including 7-of-11 from three-point range. Cal also drained all 10 of its free throw tries and finished the game 19-for-20 from the line.
Cal will next play Hawaii, an 80-79 winner over Hofstra, in the semifinals Friday at 9 p.m. PT. The game will be televised by ESPN2.