Cal Bests San Diego For First Win
BERKELEY – California knocked down 10 three-pointers, including five in a row in the first half, and gained control late to defeat San Diego, 75-70, for its first win of the season Monday night at Haas Pavilion.
The Golden Bears (1-2) were fueled by a game-high 17 points from Grant Anticevich, who shot 5-8 from the floor and a perfect 3-3 from behind the arc. Andre Kelly totaled 13 points and eight rebounds and Joel Brown added 12 points and seven assists. Cal shot 50 percent (28-56) from the floor, including an eye-catching 10-15 from three-point range. The 66.7-percent clip from behind the arc (minimum of 15 attempts) was Cal's best in a game since the 1996-97 season.
"I don't think we necessarily played as clean as we did over the weekend (at UNLV), but we made enough shots to win," Cal head coach Mark Fox said following the game.
Cal trailed San Diego (2-1) by as many as eight points early in the first half before a three-pointer by Brown sparked a 15-2 run over a 2.5-minute span. All 15 points came on three-pointers, as Brown was followed by one from Anticevich, two in a row from Kuany Kuany and another by Jordan Shepherd. The outburst gave Cal a 26-20 advantage, but the Bears entered the locker room tied 32-32 at the half.
"(Jordan) Shepherd made a great play, I was open and shot it with confidence," Brown said in reflection of his first-half three-pointer that started Cal's run. "From there, it opened up everything. The (San Diego) defense was respecting my shot, which allowed me to penetrate and get the opportunity to hit (Anticevich), and then Kuany hit another two. When shots start falling in, everyone's confidence gets going."
After San Diego jumped out to a 43-38 lead four minutes into the second half, the Bears' offense heated back up with three-pointers by Anticevich – who scored 14 of his 17 points after halftime – and Makale Foreman, who tallied all eight of his points in the final 20 minutes. A trey and pair of free throws by Anticevich knotted the game before Foreman drained a go-ahead three-pointer with 13:20 on the clock.
Cal held an advantage the rest of the way and led by as many as 10 in the second half. The 43 points after the intermission were the Bears' most in a half so far this season.
Cal will host Southern Utah at 7 p.m. PT on Thursday, Nov. 18 in Berkeley. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
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