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California rallies to beat San Diego State 63-62

SAN DIEGO (AP) For a few wild seconds, California's players, led by Don Coleman, celebrated near midcourt as if they'd won the national championship.

The Golden Bears earned the chance to get a little crazy by surviving a chippy final few minutes of a 63-62 victory against San Diego State after they had blown a 14-point lead on Saturday.

Juhwan Harris-Dyson made two free throws with 7.8 seconds left and Coleman converted a 3-point play in the final minute for the Golden Bears (4-6), who were coming off an unfathomable 27-point home loss to Central Arkansas.

''I had to show the crowd a little something because of the boos, so I was happy we pulled the win out,'' Coleman said.

Coleman was booed every time he touched the ball in the final 9 1/2 minutes after he and SDSU's Malik Pope got tangled up on the floor. As they were untangling, Coleman kicked at Pope. Both were assessed personal fouls, but SDSU's crowd wasn't happy with Coleman.

Cal snapped a two-game losing streak overall and a four-game skid against SDSU (7-3).

Harrison-Dyson was fouled by Devin Watson on a layup following an SDSU turnover and made both free throws. Jeremy Hemsley missed a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Cal scored the first nine points of the second half to take a 48-34 lead. SDSU was slowly whittling away when the game turned chippy. As SDSU's Jalen McDaniels made a layup to close to 55-49 with 9:42 left, Coleman and Pope were tangled on the floor at the other end.

''I thought I got fouled so I was kind of frustrated,'' Coleman said. ''He kind of grabbed my foot so I kind of like kicked him off me. That was it, really. He was holding my leg so I kicked him.''

Said Pope: ''It was just physical, a lot of emotions. He's a chippy player, which is expected. Can only respect it, but I got a little kick down there; a little retaliation by me, which is just a mental breakdown that hurt us. It wasn't really anything serious. I was hoping we got the ball but you know, stuff happens.''

Cal went cold and SDSU kept chipping away, taking a 58-56 lead on Matt Mitchell's 3-point shot with 4:26 left.

The Aztecs had a 62-58 lead after Hemsley made one of two free throws with 50.5 seconds left before Coleman converted a 3-point play to close to one point. SDSU's turnover led to Harris-Dyson's tying and winning free throws.

Pope had 20 points and eight rebounds, while Mitchell and Hemsley had 13 points apiece.

Justice Sueing scored 12 for Cal, including the first seven points of the first half. Darius McNeill scored 10.

''We needed this one,'' Coleman said. ''We needed a big one to get our confidence back. We knew the last game we struggled and we knew we had to bounce back.''

Coach Wyking Jones was pleased with the way the Golden Bears responded after some tough practices following Wednesday night's loss and even an 8 a.m. shoot-around Saturday.

''I expected them to compete tonight,'' Jones said. ''I actually felt really, really good about this game. I knew our guys would play with a chip on their shoulder against these guys because the mentality of San Diego State is they come in and try to out-physical you.''

BIG PICTURE

California: The Golden Bears were coming off two big home losses, by nine points to Saint Mary's and 27 points to Central Arkansas.

San Diego State: The Aztecs lost to a Pac-12 team for the third time this season. They blew a halftime lead and fell 90-68 at Arizona State on Nov. 14, and blew a nine-point second half lead and lost to Washington State 93-86 in the championship game of the Wooden Legacy in Fullerton on Nov. 26. Guard Trey Kell missed most of the second half with a bruised quad.

STRATEGY

SDSU struggled against Cal's zone, making only 6 of 28 3-point shots.

''It was a complete team effort,'' Jones said. ''The guys absolutely followed the game plan. We wanted to slow things up a little bit. We just said to our guys, `If we play that 2-3 zone, we're going to make them shoot us out of it. Keep it tight, try to limit penetration.' The main thing was not letting them get offensive rebounds or get out in transition and we did a great job in that.''

QUOTABLE

''I think we all know if you shoot 6 for 28 from 3 you're not going to win a lot of games against a zone,'' SDSU coach Brian Dutcher said. ''I think Cal hurt us rebounding. We knew that was a possibility.'' Cal outrebounded SDSU 33-24.

UP NEXT

California returns home to Berkeley to face Cal State Fullerton next Saturday.

San Diego State is off until Dec. 21, when it hosts No. 12 Gonzaga.

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Key Players
D. Coleman
D. Watson
32.4 Min. Per Game 32.4
15.9 Pts. Per Game 15.9
4.7 Ast. Per Game 4.7
3.3 Reb. Per Game 3.3
40.6 Field Goal % 40.9
32.3 Three Point % 22.6
74.0 Free Throw % 85.0
  Jeremy Hemsley missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
+ 1 Juhwan Harris-Dyson made 2nd of 2 free throws 8.0
+ 1 Juhwan Harris-Dyson made 1st of 2 free throws 8.0
  Personal foul on Devin Watson 8.0
  Lost ball turnover on Matt Mitchell, stolen by Justice Sueing 13.0
+ 1 Don Coleman made free throw 42.0
  Shooting foul on Matt Mitchell 42.0
+ 2 Don Coleman made layup 42.0
+ 1 Jeremy Hemsley made 2nd of 2 free throws 50.0
  Jeremy Hemsley missed 1st of 2 free throws 50.0
  Shooting foul on Don Coleman 50.0
Team Stats
Points 63 62
Field Goals 22-49 (44.9%) 20-49 (40.8%)
3-Pointers 4-11 (36.4%) 6-28 (21.4%)
Free Throws 15-19 (78.9%) 16-19 (84.2%)
Total Rebounds 33 24
Offensive 8 4
Defensive 24 20
Team 1 0
Assists 10 15
Steals 11 6
Blocks 2 3
Turnovers 15 14
Fouls 22 20
Technicals 0 0
19 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST
20 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo California 4-6 392463
home team logo San Diego State 7-3 342862
Team Stats
away team logo California 4-6 68.4 PPG 31.6 RPG 10.9 APG
home team logo San Diego State 7-3 71.7 PPG 39.1 RPG 14.3 APG
Key Players
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D. Coleman G PPG RPG APG FG%
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M. Pope F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Coleman G 19 PTS 7 REB 5 AST
M. Pope F 20 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
44.9 FG% 40.8
36.4 3PT FG% 21.4
78.9 FT% 84.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Coleman 19 7 5 6/15 0/1 7/9 4 40 3 0 4 0 7
J. Sueing 12 6 0 5/10 2/4 0/0 3 34 4 1 3 1 5
D. McNeill 10 0 1 3/5 2/3 2/2 4 26 1 0 1 0 0
M. Lee 6 3 2 3/4 0/0 0/0 5 25 1 1 2 0 3
N. Hamilton 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 12 0 0 1 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Coleman 19 7 5 6/15 0/1 7/9 4 40 3 0 4 0 7
J. Sueing 12 6 0 5/10 2/4 0/0 3 34 4 1 3 1 5
D. McNeill 10 0 1 3/5 2/3 2/2 4 26 1 0 1 0 0
M. Lee 6 3 2 3/4 0/0 0/0 5 25 1 1 2 0 3
N. Hamilton 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 12 0 0 1 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Okoroh 9 10 1 4/10 0/0 1/2 4 33 2 0 4 6 4
J. Harris-Dyson 4 2 0 1/1 0/0 2/2 0 9 0 0 0 1 1
G. Anticevich 3 4 0 0/2 0/2 3/4 0 15 0 0 0 0 4
D. Winston 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
C. Welle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Orender - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. King - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Erving - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. McCullough - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 63 32 10 22/49 4/11 15/19 22 200 11 2 15 8 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Pope 20 8 1 7/11 1/2 5/6 3 36 2 2 3 2 6
M. Mitchell 13 3 6 5/8 3/6 0/0 4 35 2 0 1 1 2
T. Kell 3 0 3 1/6 1/4 0/0 1 18 1 1 2 0 0
D. Watson 2 4 1 0/6 0/6 2/2 1 31 1 0 3 0 4
K. Rooks 0 2 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Pope 20 8 1 7/11 1/2 5/6 3 36 2 2 3 2 6
M. Mitchell 13 3 6 5/8 3/6 0/0 4 35 2 0 1 1 2
T. Kell 3 0 3 1/6 1/4 0/0 1 18 1 1 2 0 0
D. Watson 2 4 1 0/6 0/6 2/2 1 31 1 0 3 0 4
K. Rooks 0 2 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Hemsley 13 0 2 3/6 1/4 6/8 2 26 0 0 5 0 0
J. McDaniels 9 4 1 3/4 0/0 3/3 3 23 0 0 0 0 4
M. Montana 2 3 0 1/7 0/6 0/0 3 20 0 0 0 0 3
N. Narain 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Schakel 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
M. Gill-Caesar - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Seiko - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Sohikish - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 62 24 15 20/49 6/28 16/19 20 200 6 3 14 4 20