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FINAL SCORE: Cal 66, Colorado 65, OT: The Bears (19-12, 10-8) secure the No. 4 seed and first-round bye for next week’s Pac-12 tournament. The Bears will play Thursday at 2:36 p.m. at the MGM Grand, likely against Colorado. The Buffaloes earned the No. 5 seed and must beat No. 12 on Wednesday to get a rematch with Cal.
Justin Cobbs shot just 5 for 17, but made all eight of his FTs and led the Bears with 21 points. Solomon and Kravish each had 14 points and 12 rebounds. The Bears missed their final 10 shots and converted just 35 percent for the game, but blocked eight shots.
OVERTIME: We get 5 more minutes after the teams were even at 59-all. Cobbs picked up a loose ball with a couple seconds left, but his 50-foot heave missed.
3:17 2nd H: Cal leads 55-54 after baseline jumper by Kravish caps 8-0 run.
4:46 2nd H: Cobbs hits two FTs and Cal trails 54-51. Cobbs has 15. Wallace out with four PFs.
7:46 2nd H: Solomon made one of two FTs at 8:10, but CU leads 51-45. Josh Scott going to the line for two for the Buffs. Cal shooting 37.5 percent and getting outrebounded 35-22.
9:43 2nd H: A 3-pointer by Johnson and a layup by Dustin Thomas and CU has a 47-42 lead. Bird, struggling a bit on defense, is coming out.
13:44 2nd H: Solomon returns to the game.
15:57 2nd H: Cal and CU even at 35-all 3-pointer by Tyrone Wallace. But Solomon limped off the court with help at 16:47 after apparently spraining left ankle. He was taken to the training room.
THE TIEBREAKER: So, Oregon, Oregon State and Stanford all have won. Cal merely needs to do its part to secure the No. 4 seed for the Pac-12 tournament and a first-round bye. Here’s how it works: Cal, CU, Arizona State, Stanford and Oregon would finish in a five-way tie for third place. In that scenario, ASU earns the No. 3 seed based on its 5-3 record vs. the other four. Cal is the No. 4 seed because of its 3-1 record vs. Colorado, Oregon and Stanford.
HALFTIME SCORE: Colorado 31, Cal 28. The Buffaloes used an 8-2 run to break a 23-all tie and move to a 31-25 lead after a tough, fall-away jumper by Askia Booker over Cobbs. But Cobbs answered with a top-of-the-key 3-pointer just before the horn and Cal pulled within three points. CU shooting 44.8 percent, including 3 for 7 from 3-point range. Cal is at 39.3 percent, and 4 for 11 from deep. CU with a huge 22-11 rebounding edge. Buffs have seven turnovers to four for Cal. Colorado’s Xavier Johnson leads all scorers woth 14 points. Cobbs has eight for the Bears.
3:40 1st H: All even at 23-all. Both teams shooting 39.1 percent. CU has 18-10 rebounding edge, but Buffs have six TOs to three for Cal.
7:29 1st H: Jabari Bird comes to life. He hits a 3-pointer off a feed from Cobbs, then drives and kicks to Solomon for a dunk, then makes a mid-range jumper for a 19-18 Cal lead. Colorado’s past four possessions: 0 for 4 with 3 TOs.
11:21 1st H: A 3-pointer and a layup by Xavier Johnson — CU’s toughest matchup for Cal — gives the Buffs a 13-12 lead.
15:48 1st H: Cal leads 7-6. Cobbs hit a 3-pointer and Solomon scored on a strong post-up move against Josh Scott. Cal shooting 3 for 4 with two TOs. Colorado is 3 for 7.
STARTING LINEUPS: The Buffaloes will start Askia Booker, Gordon, Xavier Johnson, Talton and Josh Scott. Cal goes with its usual five: Ricky Kreklow, David Kravish, Tyrone Wallace, Richard Solomon and Justin Cobbs.
WELCOME: The Bears (18-12, 9-8) just finished honoring their seniors — Justin Cobbs, Richard Solomon and Jeff Powers — prior to their regular-season finale vs. Colorado (21-9, 10-7).
Cal now merely needs a win today to win all tiebreakers for the No. 4 seed into the Pac-12 tournament. The other conference games will not affect the equation.