Coming off Tuesday’s win against CSUN the Bears looked to build some momentum with the new line-up changes. Cal came out with the same starting five as Tuesday: Darrius McNeill, Juhwan Harris-Dyson, Justice Sueing, Don Coleman, and Marcus Lee. If the first possession is any indicator of how the game will go, it looked to be a long one. The Bears came out looking sleepy and the Gaels’ looked to capitalize. In less than five minutes Cal committed 2 turnovers and JHD picked up two quick fouls and fell behind 10-2. That being said, it looked like the Bears read the CGB preview as the Gaels’ bigs picked up four quick fouls. With less than 9 minutes to go the Bears tied it up at 22 a piece. As the half came to a close, Cal committed a few stupid mistakes that only added to SMC’s Calvin Hermanson big first half. From tied with 9 to go, Cal fell 14 behind to end the half.
Coming out of the half, the Bears looked aggressive. They put together a quick 7-0 run and in one offense sequence alone the Gaels were called for three fouls. After the Gaels extended their lead back to 14, Lee checked back in alongside Kingsley Okoroh to mark the first time since Maui the two were on the floor together. That didn’t last long. Every time the Bears looked to make a push towards cutting the deficit and getting the crowd back into it, the Gaels sank a timely three. Leading the push was Nick Hamilton, who quietly put together a career night going a perfect 7 of 7 from the field and ending with 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. With just under 5 minutes left though, the Gaels led 68-55. The Bears offense was 0-5 over a 2:48 stretch before Lee was fouled while he sank a jumper and converted the 3-point play., cutting the deficit to 10 with less than 4 minutes to go. It was a rough shooting night Don Coleman who was 3-16 from the floor. The Bears just couldn’t overcome that deficit they found themselves in at the end of the 1st half, and it ultimately cost them the L.
What are your thoughts on tonight’s game Cal Fans?