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Cal Dealt Road Loss At Santa Clara

December 18, 2022
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Joel Brown and Lars Thiemann both scored in double figures but California came up short in a 71-62 defeat on the road against Santa Clara at the Leavey Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Golden Bears (0-12) were disjointed in the second half without leading scorer Devin Askew, who suffered an injury with a little more than three minutes remaining before halftime and did not return. Brown scored eight of his season-high 13 points in the second half as Cal tried to make a shorthanded rally but it was not enough.

Brandin Podziemski totaled 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists to lead Santa Clara (11-3) to its third straight win.

A transition layup by Grant Newell with 7:36 left in the first half capped a 7-0 run and gave Cal a 20-16 advantage, but that was quickly erased as Santa Clara scored 14 of the next 16 on its way to a 34-25 halftime lead. Eight different Bears scored in the first half but no single player had more than five points.

Twice Brown had layups in the second half to get Cal within four points and a pair of made free throws by Sam Alajiki pulled Cal within 65-60 with 1:20 to play. A 3-pointer by the Broncos’ Keshaw Justice on the next possession quelled Cal’s final comeback effort.

Santa Clara shot 47 percent from the floor and was able to convert 17 Cal turnovers into 16 points. The Bears finished 44.9 percent (22-of-49) from the floor.

Thiemann finished with 10 points and six rebounds while Brown added six assists, three rebounds and three steals to go along with his 13 points.

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Cal Dealt Road Loss At Santa Clara

1,540 Views | 5 Replies | Last: 1 mo ago by HoopDreams
bearsandgiants
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Only 1,290 fans to watch a 10-3 team at home on a Sunday afternoon? I guess the opponent wasn't a big factor and kids are home from school but that seems awful for SC. If we were 10-3 playing them at home, I would hope Haas would do better than that.
concernedparent
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Can we fire this chuckle**** already.
oskidunker
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concernedparent said:

Can we fire this chuckle**** already.
I cant imagine him being the coach next year. But it could be.
Go Bears!
stu
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Why say "Cal Dealt Road Loss At Santa Clara" in the passive voice? Nothing passive about it. No random bad luck. No woofing gods provoked. No bad karma. No virus. No excruciating bus ride.
HoopDreams
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bearsandgiants said:

Only 1,290 fans to watch a 10-3 team at home on a Sunday afternoon? I guess the opponent wasn't a big factor and kids are home from school but that seems awful for SC. If we were 10-3 playing them at home, I would hope Haas would do better than that.
maybe that was tickets sold, but it didn't look like even that many

At one point, I was going to count/estimate how many total fans where in the stands, but instead tried to estimate how many cal fans (~50)
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