Cal freshman Ivan Rabb talks about the Bears' first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Hawaii

California freshman forward Ivan Rabb speaks with Scout's Steven Summers about the Golden Bears' first-round exit against Hawaii.

On Friday, California's once-promising season came to a close, as the No. 4-seeded Bears (23-11) fell to No. 13-seed Hawaii (28-5) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Spokane, Wash. Freshman forward Ivan Rabb tallied his 11th double-double of the season, scoring 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting and pulling down 12 rebounds in the 77-66 loss.

Cal played without junior wing Jabari Bird, who was sidelined due to illness, and without senior point guard Tyrone Wallace, who was left behind in Berkeley after he broke his hand during a non-contact drill on Wednesday, during the Bears' final practice before leaving for Spokane.

Over the past 10 games, Bird had averaged 14.1 points -- well above his season average of 10.4 -- and shot 27-for 50 from beyond the three-point arc (54%). Without his three-point shooting, Cal went 3-for-19 from beyond the arc against the zoning Warriors.

Rabb's fellow freshman, Jaylen Brown, came into the game 9-of-42 in his past four games, and continued that shooting slump against the Warriors, who played zone for nearly the entire game for the first time this season. Brown went 1-of-6 from the field, and 0-for-2 from three-point land, fouling out in the final minutes and recording just two rebounds. Brown turned the ball over seven times to a Hawaii team that is among the best in the nation at creating turnovers, ranking 28th overall in steals per contest.

Cal as a team turned the ball over 16 times. Top Stories