The Golden Bears led 22-15 at the 10:55 mark. McMillan as well as Trent Lockett were able to claim the lead for the Devils, 32-30 with 2:48 left in the half. The hosts held a slim 38-36 edge at halftime, but clearly didn't have the momentum and the opening minutes of the second stanza proved that point.
Eight points by Lockett to start the period gave ASU a 48-43 lead at the 14:32 mark. Nonetheless, the Sun Devils were never able to significantly increase their lead which did come back to haunt them down the stretch. Ty Abbot's three pointer made it a 59-52 game when the aforementioned scoring drought began. Despite their struggles the maroon and gold were trailing just 63-62 with 2:51 left. A three-point basket by Allen Crabbe with 18 seconds were the last points score in the game effectively sealing the contest's fate.
Lockett led ASU with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists. McMillan added 14. The Sun Devils were 10 of 26 beyond the arc and overall shot 44 percent from the field while holding Cal to 39.6 percent. Not only were the rebounds skewed in favor of Cal, 23-13, but ASU committed 23 fouls to Cal's 12. Consequently, the hosts were 24 of 29 from the line while the Sun Devils were 8 of 12. Jorge Gutierrez paced the Bears with 18.
ASU will conclude its Bay Area trip with a visit to Stanford on Saturday for a 4:00 pm MST tip-off against Stanford.