Cal comes back, beats UC Irvine in OT
The Golden Bears needed somebody to carry the load with three starters and key play-makers sitting out injured and a cold first half.
Freshman Charlie Moore came up big scoring 38 points to top Shareef Abdur-Rahim’s mark of 33 points set in November 1995, Stephen Domingo hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:10 left in overtime, and short-handed No. 25 Cal held off UC Irvine 75-65 on Wednesday night.
Moore shot 10 for 20 from the field with three 3-pointers and made 15 of 17 free throws.
Kameron Rooks’ tip-in with 23 seconds left in regulation tied the game and Jaron Martin failed to get off a shot for the Anteaters (1-2). Rooks scored a career-high 15 points to go with eight rebounds as Cal extended its home winning streak at Haas Pavilion to 21.
Cal (2-0) missed three starters because of injuries: preseason All-America Ivan Rabb (toe), Jabari Bird (back spasms) and Columbia transfer Grant Mullins (neck strain). Martin hopes to have all three back for the next game.
“We don’t want to have any excuses after the game, we have key guys out,” he said. “Probably one of the better wins of my coaching career, seeing guys compete and battle and not make excuses.”
Cal overcame a drought of 10:33 without a basket spanning both halves before Moore’s 3-pointer at the 17:22 mark of the second half.
The Anteaters didn’t commit their first turnover until 3:10 before halftime after Cal already had seven. Both teams already had a common opponent with lopsided victories against South Dakota State. The Anteaters haven’t beaten Cal since Dec. 2, 2000.
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UC Irvine: The Anteaters will host Damon Stoudamire-coached Pacific on Saturday.
California: Plays San Diego State on Monday at the Sacramento Kings’ new Golden 1 Center.
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