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Cal MBB Insta-Recap: Bears get dismantled by Dons. Drop third game this year, 64-76

Not pretty for any aspect of the game

NCAA Basketball: California at Duke Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

1st Half

The Bears came out struggling to defend the 3PT line all the while being unable to score. Cal had just 4 points by the 11 minute mark, while they gave up 5/9 from beyond the arc. The Bears then went on a huge run to close out the half to lower the deficit from 15 to just 2 by the end of the half. Kareem South paced the offense with 12 points on 4/7 shooting with 2/3 from beyond the arc. Matt Bradley also came off the bench to score 9 on 3/5 shooting and 2/2 from the free throw line. Bradley came off the bench due to disciplinary action after violating team rules. This was first reported by Steve Kroner of the San Francisco Chronicle.

2nd Half

The Bears actually played worse in the second half. Shooting percentage declined from 45.8% in the first half to 38.5% in the second. 3PT% dropped from 42.9% in the first half to 14.3% in the second half. Bears had no answer for Lull who dropped 20 points despite 4 fouls early in the second half. The Bears also turned the ball over 15 times in the game with a bunch of them coming off of self-inflicted turnovers by stepping out of bounds or throwing passes out of bounds. All in all it was a tough game to watch and added to the trend of declined form since the Prairie View A&M overtime game.