Against one of the worst shooting team in the country and the worst 3 point shooting team in the conference, Bears (10-7, 2-3) got outshot to fell to Furd (11-7, 2-3) at Maples Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. Here is the gameflow which showed how the Bears trailed for the entire 2nd half (although Bears did cut the lead to one with 13:20 left and down to 4 with 9:08 to go):
Game stat comparison
And the 4 factors to winning
Some random Furdie by the name of John Gage (who have averaged ~5 point per game) apparently thought that he was Ryan Anderson, going 4 for 4 from behind the 3 point line. As a team, Furd went 6 of 15 from behind the 3 point line.
Actually, as a team Furd didn't shoot all that well - 35.8% for the game, but that was still much better than the Bears at 34.9%. After some early easy baskets from close range from Richard Solomon and David Kravish, the Bears suddenly reverted back to those frustrating pre-conference game mode where they have serious trouble making those 6 footers (and these are not even blocked).
Allan Crabbe finished with 14 points (tied for team high with Kravish) but deferred the shot for the most part. Justin Cobbs started out quite slow yet again, but did get hot for a stretch in the 2nd half to cut the lead down to 4. Despite having just one game this week to not have to worry about tiring out, the Bears found themselves in foul trouble. Both David Kravish and Tyrone Wallace managed to foul out with Richard Solomon and Bak Bak both having 4 fouls.
Tyrone Wallace made a 3 as his first shot but proceed to shoot merely 2 for 11 for the game (both made field goals were 3 pointers). With a short rotation again, without Brandon Smith and Ricky Kreklow, the Bears gave key minutes to Jeff Powers and Bak Bak again. Despite all the interior scoring opportunities given to the Bears, it is somewhat inexplicable that Robert Thurman only played 5 minutes (even less than Bak who was in foul trouble).
Furd was lead by Dwight Powell's 17 points (helped out by 9 for 9 from the line). Chasson Randle added 15 while shooting around 40% (41.7%) again. Josh Huestis had a near double-double with 12 rebounds and nine points. Furd had twice as many free throws attempts as the Bears (31 to 15) and were making those (to thwart any hope of a miraculous Bears comeback).
Bottomline, this was quite a frustrating loss. Even with Stanfurd's inexplicable hot shooting (by their really low standard) from beyond the arc, the Bears still had plenty of chances. Reminiscent of the Harvard game, the Bears simply wasted too many easy post chances and allowed too many very good look form beyond the arc to their opponents. By keep doing this, we would continue to drop winnable games to beatable opponents.
Finally, the Bears did manage to lose at Maples last year while still making the NCAA tournament. For the team to do that his year, we would need to pull off some upsets over Oregon, UCLA, and Arizona while stop dropping games like this one.
Cal Game Stat in Graphical Form:
Furd Game Stat in Graphical Form:
Bears's post game news conference:
What's next: Bears stay on the road with a trip to Utah on Thursday night at 5:30 PT.