Junior Matt Bradley scored a career-high and game-high 29 points, as the California Golden Bears (8-15, 3-13 Pac-12) defeated the Colorado Buffaloes (16-6, 10-5 Pac-12), 71-62.
February 14th 2021
With Saturday night's victory, California breaks its seven-game losing streak, second only to the Washington Huskies' eight-game string of losses from Dec. 12, 2020, to Jan. 16, 2021, in the Pac-12 Conference.
California competed hard, but the win did not come easily. The match featured 12 lead changes and six tied scores, but the Golden Bears kept a lead for most of the second half to the home team's credit.
With 17:29 remaining in the second half, Andre Kelly scored a jumper in the paint to tie the game at 38-all, and the Golden Bears didn't look back since, maintaining their lead the rest of the evening.
California and Colorado both ended the game with an identical 40% shooting record.
As Golden Bears fans have come to expect, the difference came from California's willingness to try shots from downtown. The home team had three players — Bradley, Ryan Betley and Jalen Celestine — attempt five or more three-point shots. Betley attempted seven shots from beyond the arc but connected only on one. In all, California successfully drained seven out of 22 tries (31.8%) compared to the Buffaloes, who made only three out of 15 shots (20%).
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