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Defense Carries Bears To Win Over Idaho State

Dec 8, 2021
Andre Kelly slams home two of his 12 points against Idaho State.

BERKELEY – The Cal men's basketball team held Idaho State scoreless for over five minutes in the second half and cruised to a 72-46 victory on Wednesday night at Haas Pavilion.

The Golden Bears (5-5) held a 36-30 lead early in the second half before putting the clamps down on the Bengals' offense, outscoring them 13-0 over a 5:05 span. By the time Idaho St. broke the string with a 3-pointer with just under 11 minutes remaining, Cal had opened up a 49-30 advantage.

It was the Bears' fifth consecutive home win dating back to Nov. 15.

Fifth-year forward Grant Anticevich recorded his second consecutive double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds while junior Lars Thiemann added a career-high 12 points. Graduate transfer Jordan Shepherd pitched in with 11 points and a season-high seven assists and senior Andre Kelly had 12 points and seven boards.

"I thought we played well defensively tonight," Cal head coach Mark Fox said. "I really wanted to see us play hard on the defensive end. That has to be part of our fabric as a team. I thought in the second half we really showed that."

The score was tied at 22-22 with 2:26 to play in the first half before the Bears closed with an 8-1 run to take a 30-23 lead at the intermission. After the Bengals cut the deficit to six, Thiemann and Shepherd combined for 10 of the Bears' next 13 points to take control.

"Lars played really well," Shepherd said. "We know he's capable of that when he gets into a game. We see it every day in practice. He was one of the guys who came in and gave us a spark."

Cal hosts Santa Clara at 6 p.m. PT on Saturday, Dec. 11 in Berkeley. The game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.
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