BERKELEY – Makale Foreman scored a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give California its only lead of the game and a 72-70 victory over San Francisco at Haas Pavilion on Sunday afternoon.
The game winner was Foreman's first made shot of the contest after he missed his first six attempts, including five from behind the arc. Cal (3-4) snapped a three-game skid and improved to 2-1 at home in the process.
"Just shoot it with confidence," Foreman said of his mentality. "I know I didn't shoot well the whole game, but just having that confidence in your shot and not getting down on yourself when you're not hitting. Always be ready when your number is called."
Andre Kelly scored a team-high 22 points with seven rebounds in his best performance of the season. Two other Bears scored in double figures as Grant Anticevich added 18 points – including 14 in the first half – and Matt Bradley scored 17 points.
"USF has had several good years in a row, and they're going to have another," said Cal head coach Mark Fox. "So, when you beat a good team, you should feel good about it. I felt like we didn't play well out of the gate and played uphill the rest of the night, but our resiliency showed. To win the game like we did, that's one of the magical parts of college basketball."
HOW IT HAPPENED
Cal cut its deficit to one point for the third time in the second half with 16.1 seconds remaining when Bradley found Kelly for a layup to make it a 70-69 contest. With 8.8 seconds on the clock, USF's Khalil Shabazz missed his first attempt of a 1-and-1 at the free throw line. Ryan Betley grabbed the rebound and Cal took the game winner as Bradley and Anticevich swung the ball around to Foreman.
The Bears scored 12 of the game's final 15 points, including the last six.
Cal trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half, but put itself back within striking distance before the intermission thanks to strong play from Kelly and Anticevich. The forwards scored 26 of Cal's 29 first-half points on a combined 10-14 shooting. Cal trailed, 37-29, at halftime.
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