There was a lot not to like about the way Cal played in a 78-76 double-overtime win over Montana on Wednesday night.
“Whatever the mistakes may have been,” coach Cuonzo Martin said, “I’d rather watch film after a W than an L.”
The Bears (6-1) survived 22 turnovers and a spirited effort by the Grizzlies (2-4), who arrived on the heels of a 19-point loss to USF and nearly gave first-year coach and former Cal aide Travis DeCuire a huge victory in his homecoming to Haas Pavilion.
David Kravish scored six points in the second overtime, including the decisive putback with 29.5 seconds left.
Tyrone Wallace had a monster game with 22 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and five assists, but he missed two foul shots with 6.5 seconds remaining in the second overtime and the Bears up by just two points.
Freshman guard Brandon Chauca, who gave Cal a nice lift in his first game since being ruled eligible, then inexplicably fouled Montana’s Jordan Gregory with 4.7 seconds left.
Did Chauca think the Bears were up by three points?
“I haven’t asked him what happened,” Martin said. “That’s more me as a coach, making it clear to everybody what the time and score was.”
Gregory missed both free throws – the second one intentionally – and Jermaine Edmonds could not get a last-second 3-pointer to fall.