Keeping Cal fans on their heels, Coach Wyking Jones went with a new look starting 5, with Don Coleman missing being the most notable change, along with starting the game off with man instead of zone defense. The Bears looked more energized and comfortable on the floor to start than they have all season. Unfortunately, though, Justice Sueing found himself in foul trouble with just before the halfway mark, heading to the bench with 3 fouls. Overall, this looked like the Bears team we expected to see this season, especially Marcus Lee who ended 6-7 from the floor with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Still, ASU as able to shoot almost 50% from the field and Cal found themselves in a deficit entering the half once again.
After weathering a little run by ASU, the Bears settled down and started to chip away at the double-digit deficit. With 14:40 left to go Kingsley Okoroh went to the bench after two questionable foul calls. After Juhwan Harris-Dyson came in for Kingsley, the Bears forced two quick turnovers and converted into baskets. Darrius McNeill followed up with a 3-pointer that got Haas Pavilion louder than I’ve heard it this season and brought Cal within 8 points of ASU. The star for the Bears was unquestionably Marcus Lee, who asserted himself on both ends of the court. Despite one of the Bears’ best games of the season they just couldn’t get it done against the Sun Devils.
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