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Bears Fight No. 25 ASU To Wire

Dec 3, 2020
Cal fell to No. 25 Arizona State, 70-62, in the Pac-12 opener at Haas Pavilion.

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BERKELEY – California earned a 20-point, eight-rebound performance from Matt Bradley and fought No. 25 Arizona State to the end before falling, 70-62, in the Pac-12 Conference opener Thursday night at Haas Pavilion.
 
The Bears (2-2, 0-1 Pac-12) made it a single possession game with just over three minutes to play, but couldn't get the big baskets down the stretch to close the gap further. Ryan Betley scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Makale Foreman added nine points and three assists.
 
Andre Kelly added nine points and five rebounds for Cal and Grant Anticevich scored eight points and hauled in seven rebounds. Cal won the rebounding battle 36-27, including 11-3 on the offensive end, but was out-shot, 50 percent (26-of-52) to 40 percent (22-of-55). The Bears committed 20 turnovers to 14 for the Sun Devils.  
 
Arizona State (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) was led by a game-high 22 points from guard Remy Martin. 
 
HOW IT HAPPENED
Both teams struggled to get going from the field and find their footing early on, combining for 10 turnovers in the first eight minutes. Foreman and Brown each knocked down a 3-pointer and Betley hit a deep two to give Cal a 9-7 lead with 11:43 left in the half at the second media timeout.
 
Betley drained one from deep out of the timeout, followed by back-to-back second-chance layups from Bradley and Anticevich to give the Bears a 20-17 advantage with 7:34 to go in the half. ASU scored nine of the next 12, making it 26-23 Sun Devils with 3:55 until the half.
 
The Bears scored the next six on 3-pointers from Bradley and Foreman. After three free throws from ASU's Martin, Foreman hit his third of the half from beyond the arc to give Cal a 32-31 lead. Two layups from Martin gave the Sun Devils a one-point lead at the break. Bradley led the Bears with 13 first half points to go along with five rebounds. Foreman had nine points, three assists and two rebounds in the first 20 minutes.
 
Arizona State started strong in the second half, scoring 11 of the first 17 points to take a 46-40 lead. Bradley finished a three-point opportunity after getting fouled on a layup and Lars Thiemann followed with a dunk and free throw of his own to pull Cal within two at 48-46.
 
After a layup from Kimani Lawrence gave ASU an eight-point lead, a 3-pointer from Betley and layup from Bradley pulled Cal within three at 54-51 with 9:27 to play. After trading baskets, an Anticevich jumper again made it a three-point deficit, 63-60, at the final media timeout with 3:06 left. Cal was held to a pair of free throws by Anticevich the rest of the way, however, as ASU scored seven of the game's final nine points.
 
NEXT UP
Cal returns to action Sunday when the Bears travel to Westwood for a matchup with UCLA. Tip-off is at 5 p.m. and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.
 
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