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Basketball: Utah game string

By Jeff Faraudo
Wednesday, December 10th, 2008 at 4:57 pm in Basketball, Gameday.

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FINAL: Cal 72. Utah 69. Randle hits a 3-pointer with 6.1 seconds left and Tyler Kepkay’s last-second try misses. Will have more later. Randle finishes with 21 points.

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0:16.8 2nd H: Luke Nevill scored a layup to tie the score with about 41 seconds left to tie the score at 69-69. Cal ran the clock down and called timeout. Bears have 12 seconds left on the shot clock. A 4.8-second difference on the game clock and shot clock.

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0:52.8 2nd H: Cal led 69-66 after two FTs by Christopher with 58.5 seconds left. But Christopher was called for an intentional foul after Carlon Brown beat him on a drive to the basket. Brown made one of two FTs and Utah has possession, trailing by two.

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3:46 2nd H: Timeout with the score tied at 61-all, and Luke Nevill going to the FT line for two shots. Harper Kamp is on the sideline after picking up his fourth foul with 4:55 left. A 3-pointer by Lawrence Borha gave Utah a 61-59 lead with 4:22 left, but Theo Robertson answered with two FTs and tied the game with exactly 4 minutes left.

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5:23 2nd H: A 3-pointer by Patrick Christopher moments after he stripped the ball from Luke Nevill gives the Bears a 59-56 lead.

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6:49 2nd H: Cal is back in front at 54-53 after a put-back by Kamp, who has 10 points. Each team has missed eight free throws. There’s very little offensive flow. Jordan Wilkes is going back in to give Kamp a rest.

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11:30 2nd H: Cal is within 47-45 after a tip-in by Harper Kamp, who is playing his best game of the season. He has nine points and is again defending the 7-2 Luke Nevill.

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12:31 2nd H: The Bears continue to have trouble containing Kepkay, the 6-foot senior reserve. He made two more free throws, then a reverse layup and Utah leads 47-41. Kepkay has 17 points, 12 of them in the second half.  Knezevic is coming out, Randle going back in. The Bears are playing small again, without a 7-footer on the floor.

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15:24 2nd H: The Utes ran off 10 unanswered points — eight of them by super-sub Tyler Kepkay — and now lead 39-37. Kepkay hit back-to-back 3-pointers, then used a headfake to get past Jerome Randle and was fouled by Harper Kamp. He made both free throws and Randle was given a seat on the bench.

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HALFTIME: Cal leads 34-29 after a 3-pointer by Theo Robertson with 4 seconds left in the half. The Bears led 27-19 with 3:53 left before the Utes used a 10-4 surge to get within two points. Cal called timeout and Jerome Randle drove the lane, then kicked it to Robertson, open in the left corner. Cal is shooting 50 percent from the floor, the Utes 45.8 percent. The Bears have made 3 of 5 from 3-point, Utah just 1 of 8. Both teams have hurt themselves at the foul line. Randle and Robertson each have 10 points and Patrick Christopher has seven. But Cal has frontcourt foul trouble — centers Jordan Wilkes and Max Zhang each picked up two early fouls and power forward Jamal Boykin has three. Utah center Luke Nevill scored eight points in the opening 6:39 of the game, then took just one more shot the rest of the half.

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3:53 1st H: Cal is up 26-19 at a timeout. Cal’s quickness is helping them at the offensive end, and the Bears have shut out Nevill since the 13:21 mark. The Utes are 0-for-6 from 3-point and aren’t even looking much for their 7-2 center.

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5:17 1st H: We’re having some technical difficulties here at the Huntsman Center. But Cal leads 24-18 after a mid-range jumper by Jerome Randle. Cal’s smaller lineup has done a nice job defending 7-2 Luke Nevill. Much of the credit goes to Kamp. 

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11:56 1st H: It’s even at 10-all and Cal has gone small. Guard Jorge Gutierrez replaced forward Jamal Boykin, who picked up his first foul against, yes, Luke Nevill. Sophomore Harper Kamp now has the assignment of defending the 7-2 center, and he’s trying to front him or lean on him a bit.

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13:56 1st H: Cal already has problems. At this rate Utah’s Luke Nevill, the 7-2 senior center, will foul out the entire city of Berkeley. Jordan Wilkes picked up two by the 15:04 mark, and his replacement Max Zhang had No. 2 with 13:56 left. It’s 8-8.

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NATIONAL ANTHEM: The Cal team sprinted off the court toward the locker room a few minutes ago as the national anthem began. But Patrick Christopher remained, a lone figure on the floor as the music played. A curious scene.

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LINEUPS: No surprises with Cal tonight. Bears going with the same five as every game this season — Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher, Theo Robertson, Jamal Boykin and Jordan Wilkes.

The Utes have one previously announced change and one no one saw coming. Freshman Jace Tavita, who has played just 26 minutes in his college career, will start at the point in place of junior Luka Drca, who is out with an ankle sprain. Sophomore Morgan Grim, a 6-8, 220-pounder who has played just 21 minutes all season, is starting at power forward for Kim Tillie, who had started all seven games.

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RECORDS: Cal 6-2, Utah 5-2.

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  • sdcalfan

    where was amoke?

  • Boris

    Great payback for that lucky shot they hit last year. Also, this might be really premature, but Cal has a shot at 11 wins before the conference games start. Tourney or bust.