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Basketball: Colorado game thread

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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.

Jeff Faraudo

  • KC

    Well, they’re still frustrating as all hell but that was a tough, gutsy win for the Bears! Nice work Cobbs, Kravish and Richard.

  • Steve Fischer

    We won and it’s better than the alternative.

  • Phil Green

    The perfect Senior Day. Show’s the kids how to tough it out, even when the shots are not falling. Been a tough stretch, but if they manage to get into the tourney (or even the pay-in game), they could do some damage.

  • 707 Bear

    Back from the game; too bad there weren’t more there people to enjoy a great college hoops game.

    Other than drastically lowering prices, not sure what more Cal can do to get bigger crowds.

    Guys on KGO said Monty’s six Cal teams have not finished lower than 4th and have one PAC 10 title. Football would kill for that record.

  • Rollonubears

    Great win! I don’t understand why we haven’t been able to score in ages, but when you play d, it doesn’t matter. Got crushed on the boards and still pulled it out. Go Bears! Please, for the love of all that is holy, get some big men!

  • Eric

    Good, important win, but, because of the loss to Utah, we realistically need to win at least one more and hope no surprises steal bids in order for us to make to the tournament.
    JF – can you add to the Spring postings results of Cal Track & Field. Khalfani was third in the 100, second in the 200, and anchored the winning 4×100 relay at this weekend’s opening season outdoor meet.

  • 707 Bear

    Amazing Cal sports day—all next to each other.

    Track at Edwards all day.
    Hoops at Haas at 3:30.
    Baseball at Evans at 6:00.

  • Rollonubears

    So, if we beat a slightly tired Colorado team, which we should be able to do, and then play az tight, I think we get the nod. Az losing recently doesn’t help though, and if we get to play them an get blown out, we can forget about it. Dang Oregon always comes on strong late and has great pac12 tourneys. They will probably win it.

  • Eric

    I’m not sure a hot Oregon team hurts us. We beat Oregon at Oregon. What would be worse is if a Utah gets hot.

  • Wehofx

    707, I salute your support of Cal athletics.

    Good win but it drove me nuts the way we got punked on the glass.

    At least our Bears showed heart and D’d up. They finally started talking/communicating again on D so we didn’t end up w those absurd switches, ie kravish and solo 20 ft from the cup on a guard.

    The one time cobbs and solo didn’t talk at end of regulation resulted in that uncontested drive.

  • Milo

    I went to the game at Haas. Fabulous game, huge finish! Great for the seniors. They’ll always have that. Go Bears!