Basketball: 40 furious seconds

Simply because it all happened so fast, it’s worth reliving the final minute of Cal’s 86-84 loss to UCLA. In fact, the Bears scored 13 points in a span of just 40 seconds, beginning with Richard Solomon’s baseline driving dunk with 50.9 seconds left that cut the margin to 79-73.

Here’s how it unfolded after that:

— Reeves Nelson turns the ball over on a 5-second inbounds violation before Crabbe stumbles briefly and still makes a 10-foot bank shot.

— Another UCLA turnover — this one a Tyler Honeycutt pass stolen by Jorge Gutierrez — leads to a Solomon dunk off a pass from Crabbe with 43 seconds left. Cal scores six points in a span of 8 seconds — without a free throw — and trails just 79-77.

— UCLA point guard Lazeric Jones — the Bruins’ savior before Reeves Nelson’s last-second heroics — hits two free throws with 41.0 seconds left. 

— Crabbe makes a jumper with 32.4 seconds left and it’s 81-79.

—  The Bears immediately foul again, No. 5 for Sanders-Frison. But he fouls Jones, who makes two more for an 83-79 lead with 30.3 seconds left.

— UCLA’s Brendan Lane inexplicably fouls Crabbe with 23.2 seconds left and the freshman makes both free throws. Now it’s back to 83-81.

–Forced to foul, Cal sends Jones back to the line with 18.1 seconds left. This time, after making seven in a row, he misses the first, makes the second. UCLA leads 84-81.

— Brandon Smith rushes the ball upcourt, gets it to Gutierrez who finds Crabbe coming around a screen on the right wing, behind the 3-point arc. Crabbe hit the shot — Cal’s only 3-pointer of the night — and the game is tied with 10.8 seconds left.

— UCLA gets the ball upcourt to Honeycutt, who is surrounded by three or four defenders. He releases a shot from around the free throw line while falling back. Kamp’s momentum has him stumble toward Honeycutt — away from the rim — as the shot goes up. Solomon is closest to the basket, apparently waiting for a rebound, but doesn’t look to block out. Nelson races through the defense, untouched and apparently unseen by anyone, and tips the ball in with his right hand.

Summarizing: 40 seconds, 13 points — all by freshmen.

Jeff Faraudo

  • dball

    I was there in person last night and it was one of the most amazing finishes to a game I’ve ever seen live. Could have really gone either way and Monty’s got to be happy with the heart and determination his young team showed to get themselves back into the game and make a real go of it. The result could have gone either way, but wouldn’t even have been close without the heart of the Bears!

  • takeoffthatredshirt

    just saw the reply of UCLA’s game winner. looks like Soloman decided not to box out…I assume he will learn a lot from that. tough loss. i’m worried about USC’s defense today after what they did to Stanford.