Dons fall to New Mexico State 81-71

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Dons fall to New Mexico State 81-71

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (APCSN) -- Christian Kabongo scored a game-high 23 points to help New Mexico State clinch third place in the Great Alaska Shootout with an 81-71 victory over San Francisco on Saturday night.The Aggies (5-1) started slow, shooting just 35 percent from the field in the first half and trailing most of the game. But they gained momentum midway through the second half and ended up taking the lead for good with about 7 minutes left.New Mexico State finished shooting 58 percent in the second half.Wendell McKines added 17 points for the Aggies while Hernst Laroche scored 12 and Hamidu Rahman 10. Kabongo made 11 of 12 free-throw tries.Angelo Caloiaro led the Dons (5-3) with 22 points and made a game-high four 3-pointers. Perris Blackwell added 12 and Rashad Green 11 for San Francisco, which finished in fifth place in the tournament.
The Dons went 1-2 in the Great Alaska Shootout and now head to Montana to take on a Grizzlies squad that is 4-2 and coming off a huge win over Long Beach State.

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

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BERKELEY — Nevada coach Eric Musselman said Wednesday he has withdrawn his name for consideration for the coaching vacancy at California, committed to continuing to build the Wolf Pack program after the school's first NCAA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

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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.