Cal Survives Late Scare Against San Diego State, 60-57

Dec. 12, 2004

AP Sports Writer

SAN DIEGO - Eric Vierneisel hit a clutch 3-pointer with more than 5minutes left that helped the California Golden Bears hold off San Diego State60-57 Saturday night.

A 3-point attempt by San Diego States' Matt Thomas bounced off the rim atthe buzzer.

The Golden Bears led 45-35 with 14:22 left before going cold. San DiegoState closed to 48-47 on Thomas' two free throws with 5:55 left beforeVierneisel hit his 3 from beyond the top of the key to give the Golden Bears(5-3) some breathing room.

The closest the Aztecs (4-3) got after that was three points twice, 56-53 ona layup by Brandon Heath with 47.7 seconds left and 60-57 on a slam dunk byMarcus Slaughter with 6.1 seconds left.

DeVon Hardin led Cal with 11 points, and Dominic McGuire and Marquise Katelyhad 10 apiece.

Slaughter led all players with 18 points and nine rebounds, and Heath had 14points.

The game was the nightcap of the San Diego Slam, a one-day tournamentsponsored by SDSU and the San Diego International Sports Council. Southern Calbeat San Diego 87-75 in the first game.

Cal and San Diego State hadn't played each other since Jan. 12, 1942. Theseries is tied 2-2.

San Diego State lost to a Pac-10 team for the second time in five days andfor the fifth time overall. The Aztecs lost 98-69 at No. 16 Washington onTuesday night.

The Aztecs shot just 35 percent from the floor and made just 4 of 193-pointers.

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