Photo by Cal Athletics
Cal Basketball

Cal Downs Washington in Overtime Thriller

January 11, 2020
2,640

When the game is on the line for the California Golden Bears, it’s best to put the ball in Matt Bradley’s hands. As seconds waned from the clock on the Bears’ last possession in overtime, the sophomore guard banked home a three to give Cal a 62-59 lead. Washington’s Hamier Wright missed the three as time expired and Cal finished its home sweep of the Washington schools and moved to 8-8 and 2-1 in conference play.

Bradley said after the game that the plan was for him to take what ended up being the Bears’ final shot but he’d also have Paris Austin and Grant Anticevich coming off screens. It was similar to the play the Bears ran at the end of regulation but Bradley dumped it off to Anticevich who missed what would’ve been the go-ahead shot in regulation.

“It’s as pretty as a sunset that you wish you could watch that thing for 30 minutes,” head coach Mark Fox said about Bradley’s winning shot. “But it happens in two seconds. It’s a thing of beauty, you know, and as much as he’s worked and as much as he’s bought in, he deserved that thing to go in.”

Cal maintained a lead throughout the game but the Washington Huskies (11-6, 1-3) made a late push to tie the game at 43 after two Jamal Bey free-throws with 6:39 to play. Both teams would only score six points each for the rest of regulation. After Bey’s free-throws Cal forward Anticevich tapped in a Kareem South miss to push the Bears back up 45-43. Washington tied the game on the ensuing possession after some Isaiah Wright free-throws. 

Austin countered with a pullup jumper with 5:30 to play. Jaden McDaniels made a layup after an offensive rebound to tie the game at 47 with 4:22 to play. Over the finall four minutes, both teams would score just two points. First was a Bey layup to give Washington its first lead since 15:50 in the first half when the Huskies were up 6-5. With 2:10 to play, South made a driving layup to tie the game back at 49. 

Both teams had multiple chances to take the lead in the final two minutes. But after a Grant Anticevich three-point miss with 12 seconds in regulation and a Nahziah Carter miss at the buzzer, the game went into overtime. 

Austin was the early hero for the Bears in overtime. He got his own offensive rebound to setup a South three-point shot, giving the Bears a 52-49 lead. After Bey countered with a three of his own, Austin made the games next four points, giving Cal a 56-52 lead with 2:52 to play in overtime. After a couple Isaiah Stewart free throws, Bradley made a driving layup with 1:32 to go in overtime, giving the Bears a 58-56 lead. 

With 34 seconds to play, Anticevich fouled Carter on a three-point attempt. The shot missed but Carter got three free-throws. He missed the first and made the second two, tying the game. But there were still more than 30 seconds left on the clock so Cal wouldn’t get the final possession unless it got an offensive rebound. But it didn’t need it as Bradley banked home the winning shot.

“Just a great Pac-12 game,” Fox said after the game. “I think Mike’s done a great job. When you beat a team that that’s good, you feel good about your own team. Because they have a really good ball club.”

Bradley led all scorers with 17 points on 6-of-16 shooting. Anticevich added 13 points also on 6-of-16 shooting. Anticevich led the Bears in rebounding with seven boards including three on the offensive side. Austin was the other Cal player in double-digits with 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting.

Cal found success early in the first half with mid-range jumpers, exploiting the middle of Washington’s zone and took a 28-20 lead at halftime. The Bears increased the lead to 10 multiple times in the second half. The last time was a 41-31 lead with 12:15 to play in regulation. But Washington used a 12-2 run that lasted nearly six minutes to tie the game at 43.

Washington’s lineup looked much longer and taller than the Bears, but were without starting point guard and leading passer and offensive creator Quade Green, who was ruled academically ineligible for the winter quarter on Thursday hours before UW’s game against Stanford. It showed as UW struggled to get any sort of offense going in the first half. It took the Huskies just over 14 minutes before making its first two-point shot, although it had made five three-pointers before then.

The Huskies are led in scoring by two blue-chip recruits that will likely be in the NBA in the next year or two in Isaiah Stewart and Jaden McDaniels. Stewart, who came into the game averaging 18.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game only ended up with 13 points and six rebounds. He was efficient, going 4-of-7 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line but looked rattled by the Bears' physicality in the frontcourt.

“We played one-and-a-half men on him,” Bradley said of game-planning for Stewart. “When he got it, we made sure somebody was digging off. And that worked. It got him really frustrated. I caught an elbow to the mouth for it. He was really chippy.” 

Head coach Mark Fox regularly rotated between Lars Thiemann, Andre Kelly, and DJ Thorpe to keep a fresh body on Stewart.

“We threw a lot of guys at him,” Fox said. “You know, I but Lars in, and I put Andre in, and I put DJ in, and then I did it again. We rotated a fresh big strong body on him.”

McDaniels added 12 points and 11 rebounds but went 4-of-12 from the field. 

Cal held Washington to 30% (18-of-61) shooting from the field. UW out-rebounded the Bears 44-38, but the Bears went 26-of-65 (40%) from the field. Washington didn’t score a field goal over the last 4:08 of play in overtime while the Bears went five-of-seven from the field in the extra playing time. After 17 turnovers during Thursday’s game against Washington State, the Bears only turned it over 10 times on Saturday night while UW turned it over 13 times.

“I think this win was more about the investment that we’ve demanded that these kids make,” Fox said of the game. “And late in the game, it just meant a lot to our team. To dig in — whether it’s on offense or defense — to make the plays that we needed to make. Our defense tonight was obviously very good. But the play that hopefully everybody will talk about is the basket that went in to win it.”

It’s the second year in a row Cal has upset the Huskies at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. Cal is off until Thursday when it starts its Los Angeles tour with a game against USC. The Bears will return to action against UCLA on Sunday. With two conference games left to play at the time of publication, the Bears sit tied for second in the conference with Oregon at 2-1. Stanford leads the conference at 3-0 and is the only remaining undefeated team in the Pac-12. When including Cal’s three-game conference win streak to end last season, the Bears are 5-1 in the last six regular-season conference games.

Discussion from...

Cal Downs Washington in Overtime Thriller

2,151 Views | 14 Replies | Last: 5 days ago by bluesaxe
Big C
How long do you want to ignore this user?
Hero of the game: Matt Bradley, obviously!

Contributors: Anticevich had a solid game. Kuany drilled a three-pointer from the baseline in the first half (his most minutes as a Bear?). Paris, Kelly and the Big German all helped out. South had been headed south in 2020, then came up with 5 big points at the end of regulation and in OT. Brown and Thorpe were out there, playing hard.
dimitrig
How long do you want to ignore this user?

I have to admit I didn't see a 2-1 record in conference play coming!

Go Bears!

Big C
How long do you want to ignore this user?
We're on pace to finish 12-6! (no, I'm not taking bets on that)
bearup
How long do you want to ignore this user?
"We played one-and-a-half men on him," Bradley said of game-planning for Stewart. "When he got it, we made sure somebody was digging off. And that worked. It got him really frustrated. I caught an elbow to the mouth for it. He was really chippy."
KoreAmBear
How long do you want to ignore this user?
A big factor in the two wins v the Washingtons is the re-emergence of Paris as a scorer. It's a must to get production out of the PG spot for us to be competitive.
bearup
How long do you want to ignore this user?
KoreAmBear said:

A big factor in the two wins v the Washingtons is the re-emergence of Paris as a scorer. It's a must to get production out of the PG spot for us to be competitive.
+1000
calgo430
How long do you want to ignore this user?
double yes on point guard scoring
Big Dog
How long do you want to ignore this user?
love the pic above....what ever happened to Palming?
Schroeder71
How long do you want to ignore this user?
Great weekend sweep of the Washington schools by Cal! GO BEARS!
HoopDreams
How long do you want to ignore this user?
Big Dog said:

love the pic above....what ever happened to Palming?


I don't remember the exact rule of a high dribble, but his hand is clearly on top of the ball

What has really got looser is players having their hand slightly under the ball

Having your hand on the side (3 o'clock) is okay now (at least never called)
SFCityBear
How long do you want to ignore this user?
HoopDreams said:

Big Dog said:

love the pic above....what ever happened to Palming?


I don't remember the exact rule of a high dribble, but his hand is clearly on top of the ball

What has really got looser is players having their hand slightly under the ball

Having your hand on the side (3 o'clock) is okay now (at least never called)
You see more games than I do, but my impression is that every player does it and you can't do a crossover without carrying the ball. If they went back to calling it, the games would be much longer, and unwatchable.

I remember way back when Magic Johnson was playing, and I was convinced that no 6-9 player could dribble without palming the ball. So I went down to the public library where they had a copy of the NBA rule book, and I was unable to find a rule against it. I don't know if there is an actual rule today, but Kevin Durant, as much as I love his play, constantly carried the ball when he wanted to change hands, that is put his palm full on the bottom of the ball, and the ball came to a short stop, and then he dribbled again. Never was called when I watched at least. It gives the dribbler an incredible advantage over his defender, and should be called, or the rule reinstated, if there is none, in spite of the many fans who love to see slick dribbling. If someone wants to see that kind of dribbling, go watch the Globetrotters, where there are no rules. It is not basketball.
bearchamp
How long do you want to ignore this user?
The real "hero" of the game is Fox. Should never have been hired, can't recruit, can't win, no better than Jones,,,,RIGHT? To all the naysayers, coaching makes a huge difference in college, and Fox is doing more with less (Gee, how does Cal win with NO 5 stars?????????????????).
HoopDreams
How long do you want to ignore this user?
I get your point, but don't remember a single post that said ''No better than Jones'

bearchamp said:

The real "hero" of the game is Fox. Should never have been hired, can't recruit, can't win, no better than Jones,,,,RIGHT? To all the naysayers, coaching makes a huge difference in college, and Fox is doing more with less (Gee, how does Cal win with NO 5 stars?????????????????).
bluesaxe
How long do you want to ignore this user?
Big Dog said:

love the pic above....what ever happened to Palming?
A dribble that high MIGHT have been called carrying when I was in high school. Maybe. But that was in the dark ages, and even then they probably don't call it because his hand is still on top of the ball and the ball isn't above his shoulders. And you'd also need to know what happened to get him into that position to begin with.

I haven't seen that call made in many years on a play like this though.
Page 1 of 1
 
×
Verify your student status
See Subscription Benefits
Trial only available to users who have never subscribed or participated in a previous trial.