Cal holds off Colorado after starting off hot in first half


Cal holds off Colorado after starting off hot in first half


BERKELEY -- Charlie Moore scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half, Grant Mullins made eight free throws over the final 71 seconds and California held off a late surge to beat Colorado 77-66 on Sunday afternoon.

Ivan Rabb had 11 points and 11 rebounds, Mullins scored 16 and Jabari Bird added 10 points and six rebounds to help the Golden Bears to their fourth consecutive win and 12th in 13 games against Colorado at Haas Pavilion.

California (17-6, 8-3 Pac-12) also moved into a tie for third place with UCLA. Both teams are two games behind No. 5 Arizona and No. 13 Oregon.

Derrick White scored 25 points and Toby Miller had 10 points and nine rebounds for Colorado (13-11, 3-8). Buffaloes coach Tad Boyle remains one win shy of 200 for his career.

Colorado trailed by as many as 23 in the first half but pulled within 62-57 on White's 3-pointer with 3:18 remaining.

Mullins followed with a 3-pointer - California's only basket over the final five minutes - to stop the slide and the Bears made 12 of 14 free throws to seal the win.

California appeared on the verge of a blowout early before Colorado's late push.

The Bears made five consecutive 3-pointers and had four different players score as part of a 24-2 run midway through the second half.

Bird, who scored the game-winning basket on a layup with 2.1 seconds left in double overtime to beat Utah on Thursday, had two 3s while Moore made three. The Bears led by as many as 23 before the Buffaloes pulled within 41-26 at halftime.


Colorado: Another inconsistent performance on both ends of the court for Boyle's team. The Buffaloes went more than seven minutes without a basket in the first half and were late getting out to defend the perimeter. It didn't help that Xavier Johnson, the team's second-leading scorer, did not play for an undisclosed reason and spent the game sitting near the end of the bench.

California: The Bears made nine 3-pointers in the first half, more than they had in 17 full games this season. They made only two in the second half. . Kameron Rooks had nine points and six rebounds off the bench. . Center Kingsley Okoroh had three blocks to move into a tie for fifth place on the school's all-time list. Okoroh played while wearing a protective mask after suffering a broken nose in the second half against Utah on Thursday.


Colorado: Returns home to host Washington on Feb. 9.

California: Plays at Arizona on Feb. 8 in the first of three straight road games.

Ex-Warriors, Kings coach withdrawns from consideration for Cal job


Ex-Warriors, Kings coach withdrawns from consideration for Cal job

BERKELEY — Nevada coach Eric Musselman said Wednesday he has withdrawn his name for consideration for the coaching vacancy at California, committed to continuing to build the Wolf Pack program after the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007 in his second season.

Musselman's team captured the Mountain West Conference regular-season crown and tournament title, a program first. The Wolf Pack lost in the first round of the NCAAs to fifth-seeded Iowa State last week as a No. 12 seed to finish 28-7. While he originally signed a five-year contract through the 2019-20 season, Musselman is working to finalize a new five-year deal that would keep at the school for the long haul.

"My family and I are so excited about Nevada," he said in a text message to The Associated Press. "I love our players and the bond we have created as a team and on campus and in the community."

The 52-year-old Musselman interviewed in Berkeley for the Cal opening to replace Cuonzo Martin, who resigned from the Golden Bears last Wednesday and was named Missouri's new coach the same day. Martin was formally introduced Monday.

Cal is not announcing the names of anyone brought in to interview for the head coaching vacancy.

Cal's Ivan Rabb declares for NBA Draft, plans to finish education


Cal's Ivan Rabb declares for NBA Draft, plans to finish education

BERKELEY — California star Ivan Rabb will declare for the NBA draft, a move that has been expected since the season began.

The sophomore star announced his decision Wednesday through the school. He says, "After careful consideration and discussion with my family, I have decided to forego my remaining NCAA eligibility and enter the NBA draft."

While Rabb says the timing is right to turn his attention to a professional career, he plans to finish school eventually — a promise he made to himself and his mother.

The 6-foot-11 sophomore forward was Cal's second-leading scorer at 14.0 points and top rebounder averaging 10.5 boards for the Golden Bears, who lost to Cal State Bakersfield in the first round of the NIT last week without him. Rabb was listed out with a foot injury.

Former coach Cuonzo Martin resigned the next day to become Missouri's new coach.