Jabari Bird scored a career-high 24 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:23 left, and Cal overcame Oakland U of Mich., 64-60 at Haas Pavilion.
Cal (3-0) trailed by as many as nine points in the first half and the Grizzlies (0-3) led 30-24 at the break.
But Bird, the freshman from Salesian HS in Richmond, scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half. He finished 6 for 8 from the 3-point line and had five rebounds.
The score was tied at 56-all when Bird missed from 3-point range. Ricky Kreklow corraled the offensive rebound and passed back to Bird, who connected from beyond the arc, giving Cal a lead it wouldn’t surrender.
Senior Richard Solomon added 11 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. Solomon is averaging 14.3 rebounds through three games.
Senior Justin Cobbs had 13 points and five assists, but shot just 2 for 8 from the field. The Bears made just 2 of their first 10 shots and finished at 38.8 percent. Other than Bird, Cal shot 1 for 10 from the 3-point arc.
Cal shot 33 percent and had nine turnovers in the first half.