--Cal opened the Pac-10 quarterfinal against USC in a man-to-man defense and held the Trojans to three points on their first 16 possessions. In the meantime, the Bears struggled to score and never forged a comfortable margin. When USC began to operate more efficiently on offense, the Bears were in trouble.
"I felt like we could have been up 10, 12, 14 points. We got the ball exactly where we wanted it, but we couldn't score," Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. "At that point, we seemed to lose a little bit of steam."
USC led 35-27 at halftime and never was threatened in the final 20 minutes, posting a 70-5 win.
--The Bears shot 55.8 percent against Stanford despite making just one of nine attempts from 3-point range. They were 28-for-43 on 2-point attempts, a sizzling 65.1 percent.
--Cal outscored Stanford 44-16 in the paint and 15-0 on fast-break points.
--The Bears had leads of 10-2, 19-4 and 74-46 before coach Mike Montgomery pulled his starters with two minutes left.
BY THE NUMBERS
7 -- Double-doubles in the regular season by senior C Markhuri Sanders-Frison.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We have been through a lot. I credit my teammates and the coaches for staying focused and just trying to do as well as we can, especially with the adversity we have been playing through." -- Junior F Harper Kamp, alluding to the fact that four players the Bears expected back after last season never made it to the starting line this season.
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