BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Amit Tamir followed in his own miss with
5.8 seconds left to score and give Cal a 47-46 win over BYU at Haas
Pavilion Wednesday night.
Tamir had struggled all night, and made just two of 13 shots,
but his last one was good enough for the Bears first win of the
Freshman Leon Powe led Cal with 18 points and 11 rebounds, but
the Bears offense had gone scoreless for 5:50 before Tamir followed
in his own miss in the waning seconds.
Cal head coach Ben Braun was pleased with the senior's
performance despite his poor shooting.
"He rebounded well and defended well, and made the people
around him better," Braun said.
Mike Hall, who led BYU with 17 points off the bench, had keyed a
Cougar rally that erased an eight-point Cal lead. But Hall was the
only Cougar in double figures, as 6-11 center Rafael Araujo fouled
out with nine points after only 18 minutes.
Mark Bigelow, the other big gun for BYU (2-0), had only 7
"We were in position to win the game," said BYU coach Steve
Cleveland, "but we just didnt get it done."
Neither team shot better than 38 percent, and Cal was just 1-14
from three-point distance.
"People are going to look at this score in the morning and
think it was a football game," said Braun, whose Bears shot just
24 percent in the second half. "It was an ugly-type game. You wont
get any style points for that."
The Bears built an eight-point lead, 43-35, with 9:14 to go in
the second half, but three minutes later, it was a one-point game
again, and when Hall gave BYU back the lead with a nifty inside
move at 3:35, the Cougars led until the final sequence.
Cal got the ball back, trailing 46-45, after Mike Woodberry
missed the front end of a one-on-one. With 15 seconds to go, Cal
freshman Ayinde Ubaka set up for the last shot, and drove hard to
the basket from the right side.
He missed, but the 6-10 Tamir got the rebound, but missed the
follow shot. The rebound again fell into Tamir's hands, and this
time he converted, with just 5.8 seconds remaining.
After a timeout, BYU pushed the ball downcourt, but Terry Nashif
turned the ball over, and Cal had escaped with the win.
The Golden Bears lost their first game in a similar manner,
leading down the stretch, but giving up a follow shot with 5.8
seconds to go to lose by one to Cal Poly. This time, however, it
was Cal that converted its final opportunity.
Cal's winning streak over BYU has now reached four games, and
dates back to 1989. The Bears lead the all-time series 6-4.