Basketball: Bears survive turnovers to win

Updated with stats below

Cal overcame three turnovers in the final 2 minutes and escaped Stockholm, Sweden with a 76-74 win over Uppsala, a local professional team. The Bears are 2-0 so far on their exhibition tour of northern Europe.

Cal led 75-70 after a steal and dunk by Richard Solomon with 2:30 left and the outcome seemed settled. But three turnovers, including one by Justin Cobbs inside the final half-minute, gave the home team the chance to scrap back. Uppsala was down just 76-74 and shooting a free throw with 6.3 seconds left.

The foul shot was missed but Uppsala retained possession when Robert Thurman appeared to be pushed out of bounds after corraling the rebound. The Swedish squad missed a 3-point try with about 2 seconds left and Cal controlled the rebound.

Solomon led the Bears with 18 pointson 8-for-11 shooting. Allen Crabbe, who had 25 points in Sunday’s win, had 17 points, 13 rebounds and three steals, and Brandon Smith added 17 points. Thurman and seven points and six rebounds.

Cal shot 52 percent from the field, was 5 for 14 from 3-point range and 11 for 17 from the foul line. The Bears outrebounded Uppsala 44-35, but committed 25 turnovers.

The Bears played without senior starters Jorge Gutierrez (sprained ankle) and Harper Kamp (sore knee).

The Bears’ next game is Wednesday in Oslo, Norway against the Norwegian national team.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Uh Huh!

    Any chance we’ll get another video link?
    That was awesome.

  • Jeff Faraudo

    I believe that was a one-time deal. Announcers weren’t real tuned in to Cal — not even mentioning that Gutierrez and Kamp did not play — but it was intriguing to watch.