Cal Drops Heartbreaker To Utah, 67-65
Dec. 22, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Shaun Green hit a stumbling basket to break a tie with 1.4 seconds remaining and Utah handed California its first home loss of the season, 67-65 Saturday.
After Nikola Knezevic hit one of two free throws to tie it at 65 for Cal with 37.9 seconds to go, Utah (7-3) worked the clock down. Green got the ball of an inbound play and nearly lost his footing as he drove to the basket. He threw the ball up for the winning basket just before traveling.
Johnnie Bryant scored 14 points and made two key 3-pointers in the second half to lead the Utes, who won for the first time in three meetings against Pac-10 schools this season. Luke Nevill added 12 points.
Ryan Anderson had 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead Cal (7-2), which had won its first six home games of the season. Patrick Christopher also had 19 but the Golden Bears didn't make a basket for the final 3:50 after rallying from 16 points down to take the lead.
Anderson led Cal back from the big first-half deficit, cutting the Utah lead to 53-52 after a scoring on a putback and two free throws midway through the second half. Bryant answered at the other end for the Utes, making a pair of 3-pointers from the corner around a missed free throw by Jerome Randle to make it 59-52 with just over 7 minutes remaining.
Christopher scored on a 3-pointer and a drive before Anderson hit two more free throws to tie the game at 59 with 4:39 to go. After Nevill scored down low to put the Utes back ahead, Christopher hit a 3-pointer to give Cal its first lead since the opening minutes at 62-61.
Jamal Boykin, a transfer from Duke, made his debut for Cal midway through the first half and got a standing ovation. Boykin committed two fouls and a turnover in his first three minutes. He helped spark the second-half comeback, feeding DeVon Hardin for a dunk and making a baseline jumper. Boykin finished with two points in six minutes.
The Bears made their first three shots of the game and then struggled mightily on offense for most of the rest of the opening half. They went more than 7 minutes without a field goal and they often relied on outside shots, missing their first eight 3-pointers of the game.
Cal even missed what should have been easy shots. Hardin tried for a windmill dunk on a breakaway attempt late in the half but hit the ball hit the back of the rim and bounced out of bounds. That led to a few boos from the frustrated home crowd.
Utah took advantage, going on a 13-0 run to take a 33-17 lead on Bryant's 3-pointer with 3:45 left in the half. The Bears managed to get the deficit down to 37-28 when Christopher hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds of the half.