Cal slips past Cal Poly 67-66 on Austin jumper
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Paris Austin made a 15-foot jumper with 3.8 seconds left and California overcame a late shooting slump to beat Cal Poly 67-66 on Saturday night.
Justice Sueing finished with 15 points and seven rebounds as the Golden Bears (4-5) won consecutive games for the first time this season. Matt Bradley added 11 points while Austin and Darius McNeill had 10 apiece.
The Bears led most of the game but made only two baskets over the final 5 minutes.
Austin had both of them. He cut through the lane and scored on a layup off a pass from Andre Kelly to put Cal up 65-64, then made the winner after Donovan Fields’ 15-foot jumper put Cal Poly ahead.
Fields had 26 points but missed four shots over the final 1:45 including an airball 3-point try as time expired.
Mark Crowe added 11 points and five rebounds for Cal Poly (3-6).
Cal Poly: The Mustangs were tentative early but gained a lot of confidence as the second half unfolded. That bodes well for Joe Callero’s team, which lost all three games it played against Pac-12 teams this season. Daxton Carr was called for a Flagrant 1 foul midway through the first half.
California: The Bears nearly let this one get away and it would have been a tough one to recover from. The scoring drought at the end has to be concerning, especially since most of the problems down the stretch were self-inflicted.
Cal Poly: The Mustangs play at Bakersfield on Tuesday. Cal Poly has lost eight of its last nine games against the Roadrunners.
California: The Golden Bears travel south to play at Fresno State on Wednesday. Cal leads the all-time series 5-2.
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