San Diego Upend Cal, 72-67, in Golden Bear Classic

Dec. 10, 2006

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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Brandon Johnson hit a short jumper in the lane with 19.8 second left and scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half, leading San Diego past California 72-67 in the championship game of the Golden Bear Classic on Saturday night.

Ayinde Ubaka missed a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with under 10 seconds to play but finished with 15 points and seven assists for Cal, which made it a one-possession game after Ryan Anderson's 3 at 45.6 got the Bears to 68-67.

Johnson scored nine straight points late, six in a row during another second-half stretch and shot 11-for-19 from the field in the Toreros' fourth consecutive win after a three-game skid. He was named MVP of the tournament. Gyno Pomare added 21 points and six rebounds.

San Diego (6-4) spoiled Cal's shot at its 10th title in the event's 14-year history after the Bears won in each of the past two years on their home floor. The Toreros also snapped the Bears' 12-game winning streak in non-conference games in Haas Pavilion that dated to the 2004-05 season.

Anderson scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Jerome Randle added 12 points and DeVon Hardin had 10 boards for Cal.

Johnson scored six straight points to pull San Diego within 47-45 with 13:44 to play and the teams traded baskets for several minutes. Danny Brown's 3 with 10:10 remaining gave the Toreros a 55-53 edge - their first lead since late in the opening half - and was part of a key 10-0 run. Cal went 4 1/2 minutes without scoring between baskets by Ubaka.

The Bears (7-3), who faced a West Coast Conference opponent for the third time this season, failed to reach 70 points for first time in their last nine games.

Cal's last loss came to 20th-ranked Nevada by six points last Sunday in the Pete Newell Challenge. The Bears beat Chicago State 75-51 on Friday night to reach the title game.

San Diego started 3-for-10 but Cal committed four turnovers in the first 4 1/2 minutes and fell behind 7-2.

But the Bears used an 11-3 run to end the first half, including Hardin's alley-oop dunk on a pass from Ubaka to beat the buzzer, for a 37-34 lead at the break. Cal shot 56 percent in the first half.

Notes: San Diego's Johnson was named tournament MVP. He was joined on the all-tournament team by Gyno Pomare (USD), Ayinde Ubaka (Cal), Theo Robertson (Cal), Royce Parran (Chicago State) and Brandon Bowdry (Eastern Michigan) ... Cal committed a season-high 17 turnovers ... Theo Robertson had a season-best 13 points ... Ryan Anderson had his third double-double of the year with 10 points and 11 rebounds ... Ubaka had seven assists in both games of the Golden Bear Classic.

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