Cal Drops Home Clash With Colorado
BERKELEY – California's hot first-half performance was not enough to withstand a big second-half run by Colorado in a 70-62 Pac-12 men's basketball loss at Haas Pavilion on Thursday.
The Golden Bears (11-16, 4-12 Pac-12), who were coming off a road sweep of the Oregon schools last week, owned a 35-28 advantage at halftime after shooting 51.7 percent over the first 20 minutes. Cal led by as many as 11 in the first half, with Kuany Kuany contributing the final five points of a 10-0 run that spanned three minutes.
Colorado (17-9, 9-7) opened the second half with a 14-1 run and held the Bears to 25 percent shooting (8-32) after the intermission. Cal pulled within four, 46-42, with 11:42 remaining in the contest, but another Buffs run extended their lead back to 58-43 with 6:44 left.
"The game was really the tale of two halves," Cal head coach Mark Fox said. "We were pleased with our play on both ends in the first half, and then really disappointed with how we started the second half. We didn't play well enough in the second half and I thought Colorado took advantage of our defensive play."
Despite making more field goals than the Buffs (23-22) and knocking down 10 3-pointers, Cal was beat handily on the boards (43-28) and allowed Colorado to go 21-24 at the free throw line. Cal made six of its nine attempts at the line.
In just 18 minutes of action, Kuany scored a season-high 10 points while posting career highs of six blocks and six rebounds. His six blocks fell one shy of tying the school record and were the most by a Bear since Kingsley Okoroh had seven on Dec. 21, 2017. Grant Anticevich and Jalen Celestine both scored a team-high 11 points.
Jabari Walker paced the Buffs with 19 points and 15 rebounds.
Cal continues its three-game homestand against Utah at 3 p.m. PT on Saturday. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
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