The first half was rough for the Bears. Offensively, they lacked spacing and took poor shots. To make matters worse, they did not make a single three-point shot the entire half, missing all five attempts. Defensively, they tried everything they could to try and disrupt Colorado’s flow, but ultimately it did not work. Colorado took advantage of the lackluster play of the California big men. Cal’s zone left the perimeter open, giving Colorado opportunities to shoot the ball, and they took advantage of that. Shane Gatling led Colorado with 11 points.
The second half was spectacular for the Bears. They came out of the halftime break with more focus and intensity, and climbed back into the game, bringing the Colorado lead to as little as one point. Cal only committed one turnover in the second half, compared to Colorado’s 13. Coach Wyking Jones found success when he went to an all-guard lineup. Juhwan Harris-Dyson played some valuable minutes late in the second half, bringing to the court defensive intensity, and a key block when Cal was making the comeback. Though the comeback was not completed, Cal played their best second half of Pac-12 play this season.