Both teams got off to a hot start. Seeing Connor Vanover in the starting lineup over Matt Bradley. This is a physical team in SDSU, and they showed that throughout the first half. They were in Cal’s face on defense, and they crashed the offensive boards hard, a problem Cal could not stop in the first half. Offensively, Grant Anticevich and Justice Sueing led Cal, while point guard Paris Austin struggled to find his flow on offense. Overall, Cal ran good offense but often settled for poor shots that were heavily contested.
The second half was way better for the Bears. Justice Sueing led offensively, with Anticevich having a career night with 13 points. The offense was more composed in the second half, and they made plays in crunch time. Paris Austin spent most of the night doing the role of a point guard, getting his teammates involved and set them up for their points, but when the team needed him late to make clutch plays, he did it. San Diego State lost its composure in the second half, and Cal stayed grounded on defense to take advantage of that. It was a close game late, but Cal prevailed.