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MBB Insta Recap: Cal loses to Arizona 87-65

It wasn’t even close.

NCAA Basketball: Arizona State at California Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Cal failed to find a rhythm in the first half. Offensively, the lacked structure, and they depended on production from Justice Sueing, the only Cal player with double digits in the first half. All around, it was not a good half of shooting for Cal. They went 27% from the three-point line, and overall field goal percentage was at 32%, compared to Arizona who shot 40% and 46% respectively. Outside of Sueing, there was no other Cal player who made their presence known. Darius McNeill went 0-5 from the three, while Juhwan Harris-Dyson committed three fouls in under four minutes of play. Defensively, Cal struggled to contain Arizona. Chase Jeter gave the big men all they could handle, scoring 13 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Additionally, Brandon Williams scored 12 points. The Wildcats found loopholes in the Cal zone, getting many open looks on the outside, and they moved the ball well when Cal played man-to-man, getting to the basket often.

In the second half, Arizona came out on fire and ran off with the game. Justice Sueing remained to be the only Cal player in double digits, finishing with 27 points. Arizona outscored Cal in the paint 40-22. It was not a good night for Cal. They were flat in the second half, something we’ve been seeing all season. And towards the end, there was no real fight from Cal, it seemed that all motivation was gone. The second half was overall bad for the Bears, who go on to lose 87-65. Chase Jeter led all scorers with 23 points.