The last few games have been tough for the Bears. They played well enough to stay competitive for the most part, but would lose their edge in the second half. On Sunday, it was probably the pinnacle of that trend. It was a progressively bad game for the Bears in the Galen Center this afternoon. The Bears roared out of the gate once again and had the lead midway through the 1st half. It all went down hill from there, scoring drought after scoring drought, turnover after turnover.
Ball security was an issue once again after the Bears were unable to maintain control on offense. The most frustrating part of the turnovers were the fact that many of them were not forced. 10 second half court violation, stepping on the line, passes out of bounds, and travel violations were the causes of most of the Cal turnovers. USC was not able to capitalize on the turnovers in the first half and the Bears went into half time down by 2.
The story of the second half was the Bears inability to make shots. Cal made 11 shots on 23 attempts in the first half. They made the same amount of baskets in the second half but on 34 attempts. Cal shot 38.6% from the field to USC’s 44.4%. The Trojans also exploded from beyond the arc in the second half, knocking down 8 of their 13 attempt. Whereas Cal only made 4 the whole game.
Cal’s depth and rotation is a glaring weakeness and that was on display as well. 55 of the 59 points was scored by the starters, on the other hand, USC had 31 points by players off of the bench.
The Bears got progressivley worse on offense and defense as the game progressed and it looked as though the team was tired and not all there in terms of preparation to play on a Sunday afternoon. Cal continues it’s season with a homestand against the Oregon schools, and we have to hope that a return home will rejuvenate this team and get something going in an otherwise very rough season.
The Key Performers:
Marcus Lee: 23 points on 10/14 Shooting, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks.
Justice Sueing: 14 points on 5/11 Shooting, 5 rebounds, 3 steals.