BERKELEY, Calif. (Thunder Hoops) - CAL's Leon Powe came back with a vengance against your San Jose State Spartans in his season debut!
Powe matched his career high with 27 points and snatched away 10 rebounds in his much anticipated comeback, leading California past San Jose State 70-52 Wednesday night in his first game since 629 days following his recent knee surgery.
Powe banged in CAL's first 10 points and shot 11-for-18 as Cal won its fourth in a row for the team's longest winning streak.
San Jose State head coach George Nessman, who sat beside CAL head coach, Ben Braun, on the Cal bench last season, wanted nothing more than to beat the yellow bears. But the Spartans just lacked the depth and strength of the PAC 10 cubs.
The Bears improved to 18-3 all-time against San Jose State. This is something that must be turned around and soon. Without deeper talent recruited by Nessman, the Spartans will always be the under dog.
The Spartans came within a score of 45-41 on a basket by Menelik Barbary with 11:37 to play but Cal answered with a 20-4 run that ended the Spartans potential return to glory.
The Spartans next game is on December 3rd, 2005, for a 7:00 PM game versus the anteaters of UC Irvine UC in Irvine, California.
Ambush the Anteaters!