Cal looked to carry the momentum of Sunday’s win into today's game as they came out strong. The Bears defense pestered the Buff’s offense, forcing 8 turnovers after 12 minutes of play. On offense, the Bears looked to be spreading the scoring around as 6 players had points on the board before the end of the half. Led by Juhwan Harris-Dyson who had 5 points and 1 steal for the half. At one point Cal had a 5 point lead before the Buffs evened it up and took the lead with just under 3 minutes left in the half. The Bears lack of offensive production was yet again an issue, especially once Marcus Lee, Justice Sueing and JHD left the floor. But in the closing seconds, Nick Hamilton was able to tie it up at 28 a piece with a free throw.
Both teams came out with their offenses continuing to struggle, but after a few minutes, the Buffs started to build on their lead, which was up to 7 with 16 left to play after a George King 3-pointer. Despite that, both teams continued to play sloppy, including Don Coleman’s Grayson Allen-esq trip on CU’s Tyler Bey to get hit with a tech. Thankfully George King missed both free throws and then stepped out to turn the ball over and negate the benefits of the tech. At this point Cal was closing in on the Buffs with their lead only being 5 with 7:54 to go. The Bears managed to cut the lead to 3 before JHD fouled out with 3 minutes left to play. With less than a minute left Colorado snagged a crucial offensive rebound that forced the Bears to foul. After the free throws Justice hit a deep 3 to bring it within 4 with 39.7 to play. After a bit of back and forth and a few huge 3-pointers from Justice and Darius McNeill and an awful missed foul the Bears suffered a tough, tough loss.
Cal fans, what are your thoughts on this one?