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“I thought we got off to a slow start,” Martin said. “They made plays. It’s hard to win on the road, but we found a way to win the game. I thought our guys showed a great level of toughness, especially in the second half.”
That way to win was, as it’s been for much of the year, junior guard Tyrone Wallace, who scored 25 of his career- and game-high 29 points in the second half, including 15 of the Bears’ first 20, after going just 1-for-9 from the field before the break. Wallace finished 11-for-20, while Cal finished 24-for-61 from the field on the game.
The Bears finished off the game with two straight baskets in transition, as Dwight Tarwater pulled down a rebound off of a missed free throw by Marqueze Coleman and pushed the ball up to David Kravish in the paint, who finished with a left-handed hook from the mid-post. After a missed layuip by Coleman, point guard Sam Singer was able to corral the long rebound and get out on the break with Wallace, dishing to the junior for a one-handed dunk with five seconds left. Just 4:29 earlier, Nevada held a one-point lead on a jumper in the paint from A.J. West.
More from Cal’s 63-56 win over Nevada later this evening, including more video!