Cal Basketball: Arizona State Beats Cal at Haas Pavilion
Arizona State won its fifth straight game on Sunday, beating Cal 80-75 at Haas Pavilion.
Remy Martin was the star for the Sun Devils (17-8, 8-4 Pac-12) as he finished with 22 points, and 15 of them came in the final 11 minutes, when ASU pulled away. Alonzo Verge Jr. also had 22 points for ASU.
Matt Bradley had 20 of his 22 points in the second half after sitting much of the first half with foul trouble. Grant Anticevich had 18 for Cal, with 16 of them coming in the first half. Paris Austin added 17 points. Cal is now 10-15 overall and 4-8 in the Pac-12.
Cal was within two points at 58-56 with 5:40 to play, but Martin scored six straight points to help the Sun Devils stretch the margin.
Cal trailed by nine points with 53 seconds left, but got the margin down to three with 13.9 second remaining. But the Bears could get no closer.
Pregame: Cal entered Sunday's action with a 10-14 overall record and 4-7 in the Pac-12. The Bears are coming off a 68-52 loss to Arizona on Thursday, their most lopsided Pac-12 home defeat this season. Cal began the day 10-4 at home and winless away from Haas Pavilion.
Cal began the day in 11th place in the Pac-12. A win would put the Bears in a tie for seventh or eighth place with Stanford, depending on what Utah does on Sunday against Oregon. A loss would keep the Bears in 11th place, ahead of last-place Washington.
The Sun Devils (16-8, 7-4 before Sunday’s games) came into Haas Pavilion on a hot streak, having won four in a row, including Thursday’s 74-69 victory at Stanford. ASU was trying to earn a fifth straight conference win for the first time since 2008-09 season when James Harden was on his way to becoming Pac-10 Player of the Year.
The Sun Devils would probably be in the NCAA Tournament if the season ended today, but they still have some work to do to assure that berth
Arizona State is led by junior guard Remy Martin, who was the Pac-12 scoring leader at 19.5 points per game entering play this weekend.
Cal’s next game will be Wednesday at Washington State, followed by a Saturday game at Washington.
The Bears return home for games against Colorado and Utah before finishing the regular season with road games against Oregon and Oregon State. The Pac-12 tournament begins March 11 in Las Vegas.
Follow along as we give updates. Tipoff is 3 p.m.
Cal starting lineup: G Paris Austin, G Joel Brown, C Andre Kelly, F Grant Anticevich, G Matt Bradley
Arizona State starting lineup: G Remy Martin, F Kimani Lawrence, F Romello White, G Rob Edwards, F Mickey Mitchell
Note: Kareem South is not in the starting lineup. His left knee is wrapped. This the first game this season that South has not started. It appears to be a coach's decision. Kelly is making just his seventh start of the season, and Brown is making his 14th start.
17:40 first half: Matt Bradley was hit with his second personal foul just 1:15 into the game and had to go to the bench. Arizona State 8, Cal 7.
15:43 first half: Arizona State makes its first two three-point attemps. Cal's offense will be challenged with Bradley off the court. South has not played yet. Arizona State 11, Cal 7.
11:15 first half: South and Lars Thiemann enter the game at the 15:43 mark. Bradley comes back on the court with 12:34 left in the half. Cal goes to a zone defense. Bradley scores immediately. Arizona State 17, Cal 15
9:22 first half: ASU guard Remy Martin picks up his second personal foul with 9:43 left in the half and he leaves the game. Arizona State 19, Cal 15.
7:16 first half: Grant Anticevich leads Cal in scoring with seven points. No one for Arizona State has more than four. Arizona State 21, Cal 17.
3:46 first half: Anticevich is on fire and has 14 points, making 2 of 3 three-pointers. Paris Austin tied the game with a drive through the lane with 4:10 left. Remy Martin headed to the foul line, though. Cal 26, Arizona State 26.
:22.1 first half: Cal took a brief 31-32 lead by a driving layup by Remy Martin put ASU back in front. Arizona State 32, Cal. 31.
Halftime: Matt Bradley was limited to six minutes and two points in the first half because of foul trouble. Anticevich led Cal in scoring with 14 points, while Paris Austin added six points and six rebounds. ASU star Remy Martin played only 11 minutes in the first half because of foul issues but still led his team in scoring with seven points. Arizona State made 4 of 8 three-point shots and committed just four turnovers. Cal outrebounded the Sun Devils 20-12. Arizona State 32, Cal 31.
16:51 second half: Two Romello White hoops inside and a Mickey Mitchell bucket increased ASU's lead to five points. Cal started the half 1-for-5 from the field. Arizona State 38, Cal 33.
15:48 second half: Nothing happened other than two Kareem South free throws. Arizona State 38, Cal 35.
11:27 second half: Alonzo Verge Jr. scored seven straight ASU points to push the Sun Devils' lead to nine points. He has 13 points. Matt Bradley responded with a three-point shot and a driving layup to close the gap to four points. Arizona State 48, Cal 44.
7:53 second half: Bradley has 14 second-half points, 16 for the game, and is keeping Cal in the game. Thirteen of those points came in less than five minutes. Arizona State 56, Cal 55.
4:20 second half: Remy Martin is taking over. A Martin layup, a Martin three-pointer and Martin free throw were followed by a Martin drive and dish to Jalen Graham for a dunk and an eight-point ASU lead with 4:20 to go. Arizona Stae 66, Cal 58.