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Cal MBB Insta-Recap: Drop close game against the Trojans. Lose 82-73

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It wasn’t a great game defensively

California v USC Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

1ST HALF:

The Bears stuck with the short-handed Trojans, who only had 7 scholarship players available, by only being down 4 at halftime. Justice Sueing led the Bears in scoring with 7 points on 2-5 shooting with 5 rebounds. Conor Vanover also made his return to the court after missing the last few games due to concussion protocol. Another note from the game was Juhwan Harris-Dyson got his first start this season.

2ND HALF:

The Bears allowed the deficit to ballon to 15 at one point in the second half, but battled back to close it to 4 with under 2 minutes to play. A few second chance opportunities for the Trojans and a few and-1 chances kept the Bears from closing the gap down to one possession. The Bears gave up a a career night to Rakocevic with 27 points and 7 rebounds. The Bears as a team once again shot well from beyond the arc with 10 made on 27 attempts. Justice Sueing finished with his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Matt Bradley led the scoring off the bench with 14 points on 6-12 shooting with 2-4 from beyond the arc.