OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Jameer Nelson hit a fadeaway jumper with
4.3 seconds left and finished with 19 points as Saint
Joseph's (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP) remained unbeaten with a 59-57 win over California in the
Pete Newell Challenge on Saturday night.
Cal's Marquise Kately stole the ball from Nelson with 58 seconds
left and Delonte West was whistled for an intentional foul. Kately
made both free throws to tie the game at 57 and Cal got the ball
back. Amit Tamir missed a short baseline jumper, and Nelson brought
the ball down and set up his own winner.
Cal drew a final play for Ayinde Ubaka with 1.5 seconds left.
Tamir made a long inbound pass to Ubaka in the corner, and he got a
3-pointer off in time but it fell short.
Golden Bears freshman Leon Powe recorded his sixth double-double
in seven games with 15 points and 13 rebounds in the best showing
yet by a Cal team that starts three freshmen. Saint Joseph's coach
Phil Martelli joked Friday that his team would triple-team the
6-foot-8, 245-pound Powe, and he was swarmed nearly every time he
touched the ball.
Nelson, widely considered the top point guard in the country,
had an electric double-clutch reverse lay-in with 6:22 remaining
that tied it at 47, sparking a 10-4 run that gave the Hawks (8-0) a
cushion heading into the final minute.
The Bears increased their defensive pressure in the second half
and began to hit some of the easy shots they couldn't make early,
shooting 54.5 percent after halftime. The Hawks were forced to take
many off-balanced shots as the clock ticked down and they were
Kately, who switched to jersey No. 41 late in the second half
after getting blood on his No. 25 uniform, added 16 points for Cal
(3-4) in the first meeting between the schools.
But the Bears, playing for the first time after an 11-day break
for final exams, struggled at the free throw line -- going
Tamir, Cal's second-leading scorer, didn't score until making a
lay-in with 14:46 remaining, and it seemed to spark the Bears -- Cal
then went on a 14-2 run. Powe's three-point play at 14:09 pulled
Cal within 39-33 and Richard Midgley hit a 3 before Tamir scored
five straight points, with his 3 at 11:50 tying it at 41.
Cal has struggled from the field this season and that was the
case again in the first half. The Bears missed several easy shots
and started 4-for-20.
They shot 28.6 percent (8-for-28) in the first half, but stayed
within 28-22 at halftime thanks to a 25-15 rebounding edge.
The game was delayed several minutes at the 17:12 mark in the
opening half as officials reviewed tape and changed a basket by
Carroll from a 2-pointer to a 3.
Saint Joseph's brought its beloved hawk mascot that flaps its
arms through the entire game and halftime.