California Men's Basketball: Golden Bears Book First Win of the Season Against UT Arlington
Christmas arrives early for the Golden Bears
Christmas has arrived early for the California Golden Bears (1-12, 0-2 Pac-12).
The men’s basketball team earned its first victory of the season Wednesday night, a decisive 73-51 decision against the University of Texas at Arlington in Haas Pavilion.
After a three-pointer from first-year Grant Newell with 18 seconds left, California went into the halftime break with a nine-point lead. The Golden Bears never looked back after. The home side extended its margin of victory in the second half, never trailing in the final 20 minutes of play.
Seniors Joel Brown and Lars Thiemann contributed 17 points each to bring the Golden Bears the much-needed “W.”
Fellow senior Kuany Kuany put up a career-high 16 points, plus six rebounds and four assists, which helped California earn a favorable result and a season-high 73 total points, even with the absence of Devin Askew. Askew, the Golden Bears’ leading scorer, had suffered an injury earlier this week against Santa Clara.
Indeed, California has been plagued by injuries this season, which has made it difficult for California head coach Mark Fox’s team to get into winning form.
“We still have some major issues to overcome,” Coach Fox told reporters in the post-game press conference. “We still have a lot of [the] season left.”
The men’s basketball head coach continued: “We have a lot of challenges that we still have to address, but I’m really happy for the young people. I really am. It’s been a tough start, obviously, and they deserve to have a little reward.”
Until recently, the California Golden Bears was the last team in the country to be without a win. The team’s most recent non-exhibition triumph was 298 days ago, a 53-39 contest against the Stanford Cardinal on Feb. 26, 2022.