The Bears looked fresh and aggressive to start the game. In less than 4 minutes played Cal already had 2 blocks and looked active on defense, but alas the Bears fell into one of their patented scoring droughts. Not helping the problem, Justice Sueing picked up his 2nd foul at the 14-minute mark and exited the game while Cal found themselves down by 10. The standout player for the Bears in the first half was Juhwan Harris-Dyson. JHD was everywhere, whether it was going hard to basket or playing great defense. With 4:37 left the Beavers Ronnie Stacy was called for a technical after a hard foul on Darrius McNeill. With that momentum, Nick Hamilton drilled a 3 to put the Bears up by 2 with 4:12 left in the half. Which was followed by a HUGE Marcus Lee dunk and 1! The Bears continued that aggressiveness and finished out the half strong up by 8.
Cal pushed their lead to 10 with a little more than 15 minutes left to go in the half. They brought the same energy to start the half as they did the game. After a scoring drought by both teams, Sueing was fouled on the way up, got it to go and converted the 3 point play to put the Bears up by 8 with 11:32 to go. With 7:45 left OSU brought the game back within 1 and with 6:51 left the Beavers took back the lead. McNeill wasn’t having it though and hit a quick 3 to put the Bears back up by 2. Overall, this was one of Cal’s best all-around performances this season. Despite Cal only shooting 39% from the field, four Bears were in double-digit point totals (Marcus, King, Sueing and Darrius), including Kingsley’s first double-double of his collegiate career. With 1:23 left Cal found themselves up by 6 and OSU with the ball but got a huge stop. And after a bit of back of forth, Cal put the game away and went home with their first home win since December 16th!
What are your thoughts on today's game Cal fans?