Buffs come up one point short against Cal

Coming off of a huge road win at Stanford on Wednesday, Colorado knew they had something to prove going into California. After going into overtime during a tumultuous match up, the Buffaloes fell in their final game of the regular season in a thriller, 66-65.

Coming off of a huge road win at Stanford on Wednesday, Colorado knew they had something to prove going into California. After going into overtime during a tumultuous match up, the Buffaloes fell in their final game of the regular season in a thriller, 66-65.

For the night, the Buffs played fairly well on offense. They finished the game shooting 25-62 from the field (40.3%), 6-18 from the three-point range (33.3%), and 9-14 from the free-throw line (64.3%).

Sophomore forward Xavier Johnson exploded offensively to lead the Buffs with 24 points and six rebounds, and was followed by Askia Booker and Josh Scott who scored 11 and 10 points respectively.

In contrast, the Golden Bears actually shot worse. They went 23-65 from the field (35.4%), 6-21 from the three (28.6%), and 14-19 from the charity stripe (73.7%).

They were lead by senior guard Justin Cobbs, who scored 21 points and grabbed four rebounds. David Kravish and Richard Solomon were right behind him with 14 points apiece.

Saturday's game got off to a quick start, with Cal's Kravish hitting a layup 35 seconds in to put the Golden Bears on the board first. Although the Buffs would tie it up a minute later, Cal held on to their early lead for the next seven minutes.

With just under 12 minutes left in the half, the Buffs gained their first lead of the game, 13-12. Three minutes later, the Golden Bears got it back, 19-18. When the clock read 4:10, Xavier Talton drained a three to tie it up for the second time at 23.

The Buffs regained the lead a couple minutes later, and held onto it for the rest of the half. At the buzzer, the score read 31-28 with the Buffs on top.

For the half, the Buffs produced well on offense. They went 13-29 from the field (44.8%), 3-7 from downtown (42.9%), and 2-2 from the free throw line. Cal wasn't quite as efficient, going 11-28 from the field (39.3%), 4-11 from behind the arc (36.4%), and 2-4 from the charity stripe (50.0%).

Johnson exploded for the Buffaloes in the first half, setting his career-high mark for first half points with 14. Although Cal's bench scored all but nine of their points, started Justin Cobbs still lead the Golden Bears with eight points.

At the start of the second half, the Buffs managed to hold onto their lead for a few minutes. That all changed when Tyrone Wallace hit a three-point jumper at the 17:31 mark to tie the game up at 35. Several minutes later, the Bears gained their first lead of the half, 38-35.

After that, it became a game of back-and-forth. The next five minutes saw three lead changes and another tied score, but once the score read 42-42, the Buffs started to regain control.

They managed to score nine straight to gain their biggest lead of the game, 51-42, before the Golden Bears started to fight back. Their fight paid off when they regained the lead again with 3:26 left, 55-54.

At the end of the regulation, the Buffs were able to regain the lead, but a pair of free throws from Cobbs late in the second tied the game back up at 59. The Buffs had one last chance to win it in the final seconds of the game, but Talton turned the ball over and allowed Cobbs to take a half court shot that narrowly missed.

This game was going into overtime.

Much like the end of regulation, the Buffs gained the lead early in overtime and held onto it until the final minute. From there on out, the lead changed a number of times.

Despite the narrow loss, the Buffs still have a good position in the Pac-12 tournament that starts on Wednesday in Las Vegas. They will play as the No. 5 seed and will take on the last-place USC Trojans.


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