The California Golden Bears (2-2, 0-1 Pac-12) dropped a winnable game, 62-70, to the No. 25 Arizona State Sun Devils (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) to start Pac-12 conference play Thursday.
California stayed competitive, especially in the first half, but missed open shots and let the game slip away with costly turnovers. The home team turned over the ball 20 times, and Arizona State capitalized. The Sun Devils had 19 points from Cal's turnovers.
“Good teams make you pay for mistakes, and Arizona State did that today,” California Head Coach Mark Fox said in a post-game press conference. “We made too many errors that cost us a chance to win, but we did a lot of things, if we can repeat them, will give us a chance to win.”
Junior guard Matt Bradley had a strong game, putting 20 points and eight rebounds on the board, both team highs for California. Unfortunately, he was cold from downtown, making only one out of nine three-point attempts.
December 4th 2020
Ryan Betley scored 10 points and pulled down five rebounds for the Golden Bears.
Betley, the graduate transfer from the University of Pennsylvania, noted his side played 37 competitive minutes in the post-game press conference, referring to his team's end-of-game scoring drought that allowed the Sun Devils to clinch the game.
“We’re just learning how to win right now, especially down the stretch,” Betley said.
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