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Jabari Bird nails a go-ahead three to beat St. Mary's, and Women's Basketball defeats Nebraska in a thrilling double overtime victory.

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Men's Water Polo

Cal Duo Heads To Japan With Team USA: Nicholas Carniglia And John Mann Set For Exhibition Vs. Japan

BERKELEY - When the United States Men's Senior National Team kicks off a stretch of December matches on Friday in Tokyo, Cal water polo will be well represented as current Bear Nicholas Carniglia and former Cal star John Mann will be part of the 12-man squad that takes on Japan in an exhibition match.

Carniglia joined Team USA after the recently completed NCAA Championships in Los Angeles, staying in Southern California to prepare for the trip while the Bears returned to Berkeley. The Lodi, Calif. native is one of two defenders on the roster and has his sights set on international success after scoring 20 goals in 31 matches for the Bears during a strong sophomore season.

Rugby

Life After Berkeley: Byron Deeter - Rugby Bear a Top Tech Investor

BERKELEY - Today, Byron Deeter is considered among the world's smartest technology investors, a member of Forbes Magazine's Midas List for his consistent track record as an identifier and builder of successful businesses.

But when the partner at Bessemer Venture Partners came to the world's No. 1 public university as a freshman from Sacramento and El Camino High School, Deeter started from the bottom of the Golden Bears depth chart. Over the ensuing four years, he became part of four national collegiate championships as a member of California rugby by the time he received his degree in Political Economy with honors in 1996.

Since 2005, Deeter has been at Bessemer's Menlo Park office near his home in Atherton, where he lives with his wife, Alli, whom he met on their first day on campus as freshmen at Cal, and their three children. With a remarkable track record that includes founding the company Trigo in 1999, Deeter currently sits on 12 different companies' boards, each a team that Deeter approaches with a mindset he developed as a Rugby Bear.

"The program showed me a path to be successful," said Deeter of Cal rugby. "It's what I've carried through to building up a management team when I was founding CEO of a business and helping our management teams today."

Women's Basketball

No. 22 Cal Defeats Nebraska, 87-80, in OT Thriller: Four Bears Scored in Double Figures in Cal's First Overtime Game of the Season

BERKELEY - In a game of back-and-forth runs that ultimately ran into overtime, No. 22/21 Cal used double-figure scoring nights from four Golden Bears to pull out the win over Nebraska, 87-80, in Haas Pavilion Saturday night. The Bears handed Nebraska (7-2) their second loss of the season to improve to 7-2 this year.

Freshman Kristine Anigwe once again led Cal with her third consecutive double-double in a 29-point, 10-rebound performance. Sophomore Mikayla Cowling and junior Courtney Range added 19 apiece and freshman Asha Thomas scored 17. Sophomore Gabby Green combated a rough shooting night with a big day on defense as the Pac-12 steals leader added five takeaways to her season total on top of nine assists, six rebounds and a block.

  • California junior Courtney Range is among the 50 women's basketball players earning early recognition on the Naismith Trophy Women's Watch List, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Wednesday.

Men's Basketball

Bears Claim East Bay Bragging Rights: Cal Pulls Out Thrilling 63-59 Win Over Local Rival Saint Mary's

BERKELEY - A battle for East Bay supremacy provided the fuel and the Cal men's basketball team brought the spark to ignite a great Saturday crowd inside Haas Pavilion as a 3-pointer by Jabari Bird with 17 seconds left made the difference in a 63-59 victory over visiting Saint Mary's.

Ivan Rabb led Cal (8-2) with 15 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth career double-double. Jordan Mathews and Bird each added 13 while Jaylen Brown finished with 11. Evan Fitzner led Saint Mary's (6-1) with 15.

Tied at 55 with less than three minutes to play, Cal took its first lead since just over the 13-minute mark on a free throw by Brown. Saint Mary's re-claimed the advantage on the next possession thanks to a Dane Pineau layup, but Brown countered with a bucket down low of his own to make it 58-57 Bears with just under two minutes to play.

Joe Rahon swung the pendulum back towards the Gaels with a driving layup, and a stop by Saint Mary's put Cal in need of a good defensive possession with less than a minute left. The Bears got what they needed, but an offensive rebound by Pineau gave the ball back to the visitors before Rabb blocked Rahon's attempt for another driving score and gave Cal a chance to draw up a play with 19.4 seconds left. The play that ensued gave point guard Tyrone Wallace multiple options for a good look, he found Bird open on the wing and Bird's third 3 of the game hit nothing but net, putting Cal up 61-59 with 17 seconds left.

"The way Saint Mary's was playing the game, they were sagging in trying to stop Tyrone (Wallace) from driving," Bird said. "I waited for my turn, had my feet set, Tyrone made a great play, I got the ball and shot it."

The view inside Haas when Jabari Bird nailed the game winning three!

Posted by California Golden Blogs on Sunday, December 13, 2015