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Bears Win Pac-12 Opener

Dec 2, 2021
Sam Alajiki (24) celebrates late in Cal's 73-61 Pac-12 victory over Utah.

BERKELEYJordan Shepherd scored a game-high 25 points and Andre Kelly recorded his fourth double-double of the season as California opened Pac-12 play with a 73-61 win over Oregon State on Thursday night at Haas Pavilion.
A strong second half that saw the Golden Bears (4-4, 1-0 Pac-12) shoot 54.2 percent from the field (13-24) propelled them to their fourth consecutive home win and their first conference-opening victory since 2017.
Keyed by 10 first-half points from Grant Anticevich, Cal controlled the opening 14 minutes of the game and led by as many as 13 points. The Beavers (1-7, 0-1) stormed back with a 12-0 run to end the half, however, and Cal entered the locker with a 34-33 advantage. The Bears were 0-7 from the field over the final 5:27 of the first half.
Cal struck quickly after the intermission, jumping out to a 46-34 lead with a 12-1 run. The Bears held Oregon State without a field goal for the first five minutes of the half and just three baskets through 12 minutes. Cal extended its lead to 16 twice after halftime, never allowing the Beavers to pull closer than seven points. With a 10-point lead and less than one minute remaining, Oregon State reverted to fouling before Cal scored six of the final eight points in the game.
Kelly – who finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds – and Shepherd combined for 33 points after halftime and scored the Bears' final 13 points in the contest. Kelly is the first Bear with three 20-10 games in a single season since Ivan Rabb did it four times in 2016-17. Shepherd poured in his game-high 25 points on 8-14 shooting (3-4 from three-point range) and added a season-best eight rebounds.
Cal dominated the glass, grabbing 42 rebounds to Oregon State's 24.
The win snapped Cal's four-game skid against Oregon State dating back to the 2019-20 season.
Cal travels to Salt Lake City to face Utah at 2 p.m. PT Sunday, Dec. 5. The game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.
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