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ASU Holds Off Cal Down The Stretch, 72-68

Jan 28, 2021
Andre Kelly scores two of his 16 points against Arizona State on Thursday night in Tempe.

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TEMPE, Ariz. – Matt Bradley and Andre Kelly both posted double-doubles and California hung with Arizona State despite a slow start to the game, but the Sun Devils held on down the stretch for a 72-68 win Thursday at Desert Financial Arena.
 
Bradley finished with 26 points – one point shy of his personal best – and a career-high-tying 10 rebounds for his sixth 20-point game of the season and first since Dec. 31 at Oregon. Kelly, meanwhile, added 16 points and a career-best 13 boards. No other Golden Bear reached double figures.
 
Cal out-rebounded ASU, 43-29, with the Bears' 15 offensive boards a season high.
 
Remy Martin paced the Sun Devils with 19 points, as ASU won its seventh straight game in the series. Jalen Graham added 12 points with Josh Christopher contributing 11.
 
HOW IT HAPPENED
Cal started slowly, making just two of its first 14 shots from the floor and falling behind, 17-5, before Ryan Betley hit a 3-pointer. The Bears got back into the game with a 9-0 run that closed a 25-13 deficit to 25-22. When Kelly scored off a feed from Jalen Celestine, Cal took a 30-29 lead to cap a half-ending 17-4 run. The Bears had 12 offensive rebounds in the opening period and held ASU without a field goal the final 3:19 of the half.
 
The Sun Devils came out of the break by making back-to-back 3-pointers to take back the lead. Cal, though, used a 7-0 spurt to move in front, 48-47, on a pair of Bradley free throws. ASU later went ahead for good on a layup by Marcus Bagley with 8:03 left. The Bears kept within striking distance, but went more than five minutes without a field goal down the stretch and couldn't make enough free throws to keep pace.
 
UP NEXT
Cal visits Arizona on Saturday, Jan. 30. The game will tip off at 2 p.m. PT and be televised on the Pac-12 Network.
 
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