Cal head coach Cuonzo Martin breaks down Arizona upset, plus notes

BERKELEY -- Cal head coach Cuonzo Martin breaks down Jaylen Brown playing the point, the Bears' dominance on the offensive boards and analyzes the upset win over Arizona.

Game Notes

With Saturday's 74-73 California win over No. 11/12 Arizona, the Bears improved to 13-0 at Haas Pavilion this season. The 13 wins are the most since the 2011-12 season when Cal won its first 14 games on the home court.

The win was the Bears' second over a top-25 team this season, after defeating No. 21/22 Utah on Jan. 3.

The Wildcats now lead the all-time series, 59-31, and Cal snapped a four-game losing streak to the Wildcats. The last win by the Bears over Arizona since Justin Cobbs hit a game-winning three with less than a second left on Feb. 1, 2014. After Arizona led, 37-35, at halftime, a three-pointer by Jabari Bird gave the Bears the lead at the 19:18 mark in the second half. Cal pushed that lead out to as many as nine on two separate occasions and never relinquished the lead until Arizona tied it with three minutes remaining in the game. After Arizona tied the game again with 39 seconds left, a free throw by Jaylen Brown with 18 seconds left proved to be the game-winner.

With his season-high 28 points, junior Jordan Mathews became the 46th player in the history of the program to reach 1,000 career points. Now with 1,015 points, he currently ranks 45th on the school’s career scoring list. Charlie Johnson (1968-71) is 44th with 1,025 points. Today was also Mathews’ third 20-point performance this season.

From behind the arc, Mathews passed Patrick Christopher (2007-10) for fifth on Cal’s career three-point list. Currently with 168 career treys, Richard Midgley (2003-06) is fourth with 183. Mathews has also made 15 of his last 29 three-point attempts in his last four games, and his six treys tonight were a season best.

Mathews was one of four Bears to reach double figures in scoring. Brown finished with 15, and he also notched a season-best seven assists, while playing at the point for long stretches in the second half, giving Sam Singer time to rest. Brown, who came in shooting 63.8% from the free throw line, also shot 7-for-11 from the charity stripe. Bird added 11 points, while freshman Ivan Rabb finished with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting, with four rebounds.

The Bears drained eight shots from three-point range, including six in the second half (going 6-of-12 from long distance after the break). Cal has made at least five 3-point shots in 17 of its past 18 games.

Having entered the game with 96 blocks, the Bears added four more to that total, including two from Brown, tying his season best for the third time this season.

Seven-footer Kameron Rooks notched a career-high seven rebounds, including a team-high four on the offensive glass, and he collected two steals for the first time in his career. Cal's 12 offensive rebounds led to 12 second-chance points.

After Arizona shot 57.1% from the field in the first half, the Bears held the Wildcats to an 11-of-25 mark in the second, with Arizona's three big men -- Ryan AndersonKaleb Tarczewski and Mark Tollefsen going 3-of-8. Sophomore post Dusan Ristic went 2-of-2 after the break. The Wildcats scored 14 points in the paint in the second half, after outscoring Cal 26-14 in the post in the first half. 

Every Bear who saw minutes on the floor had at least one rebound, with seven of the eight tallying multiple rebounds.

Saturday's attendance was a sellout crowd of 11,858, Cal’s largest attendance this season. Top Stories