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McNeill scores 22 points to lead Cal past San Jose St 88-80

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Darius McNeill scored 17 of his 22 points after the break and Cal used a big second half to beat San Jose State 88-80 on Friday night.

McNeill, a sophomore guard, drained four 3-pointers in the second half as the Bears (5-6) rebounded from a 22-point loss at Fresno State three nights earlier. Andre Kelly added 21 points and 10 rebounds for Cal and point guard Paris Austin dished a season-high 11 assists, nine in the 58-point second half.

''He's a great shooter,'' Cal coach Wyking Jones said. ''He's proven he can shoot the ball and he did that tonight. Even though he didn't start off with a great percentage, he finished off well.''

Oumar Barry scored a career-high 18 points to lead San Jose State (3-8) and Noah Baumann also had 18.

The Spartans trailed by double digits down the stretch but cut the deficit to 84-80 with a minute remaining before Austin made four free throws to help ice the game.

San Jose State shot 56 percent from the field, including 9 for 18 from beyond the arc, but that was offset by 15 turnovers that helped fuel Cal's transition offense.

''They did make 3s but I don't think that was the reason we lost,'' San Jose State coach Jean Prioleau said. ''I think we lost because we turned the ball over. That led to easy buckets.''

The Bears turned it around after a cold-shooting first half. Trailing 32-30 coming out of the break, they rattled off a 9-0 run to take command. McNeill then hit back-to-back 3-pointers to help propel Cal to its third victory in the past four games. The lefty shooter was just 1 for 6 from long distance in the first half.

Barry had 12 points in the first half as the Spartans took a 32-30 lead into the break.

The Bears shot just 36 percent in the first half, including 28 percent (5 for 18) on 3-pointers.

BIG PICTURE

San Jose State: After losing by five to Stanford on Tuesday, the Spartans hung tough against another Pac-12 opponent but couldn't come away with a victory.

Cal: The Bears are at their best forcing turnovers and scoring in transition, but McNeill's hot shooting from the outside in the second half was much needed as well.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

Early in the second half, McNeill went coast-to-coast after a steal and converted the layup, drew a foul and then completed the 3-point play as part of his big night.

TURNING POINT

Trailing by two at the half, Cal came out with full-court defensive pressure in the second half that stymied San Jose State's offense and helped the Bears turn the tide.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Cal attempted just five free throws in the first half but went 17 for 20 from the line in the second half to supplement its hot perimeter shooting.

HE SAID IT

Cal coach Wyking Jones: ''Paris Austin stands out to me, because we've been talking about sharing the ball and playing as a team, and he epitomized that tonight.''

UP NEXT

San Jose State is off until Dec. 29, when it concludes a three-game run against Bay Area schools by visiting Saint Mary's.

Cal wraps up its non-conference schedule Dec. 29 with a home game against Seattle.

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Key Players
M. Steadman
P. Austin
34.7 Min. Per Game 34.7
14.1 Pts. Per Game 14.1
4.8 Ast. Per Game 4.8
2.6 Reb. Per Game 2.6
48.8 Field Goal % 49.1
28.6 Three Point % 31.6
63.6 Free Throw % 70.6
  Turnover on Seneca Knight 18.0
  Offensive foul on Seneca Knight 18.0
+ 1 Paris Austin made 2nd of 2 free throws 28.0
+ 1 Paris Austin made 1st of 2 free throws 28.0
  Personal foul on Noah Baumann 28.0
  Turnover on Michael Steadman 29.0
  Offensive foul on Michael Steadman 30.0
+ 1 Paris Austin made 2nd of 2 free throws 35.0
+ 1 Paris Austin made 1st of 2 free throws 35.0
  Shooting foul on Seneca Knight 35.0
+ 2 Seneca Knight made driving layup, assist by Zach Chappell 1:04
Team Stats
Points 80 88
Field Goals 29-52 (55.8%) 28-61 (45.9%)
3-Pointers 9-18 (50.0%) 12-31 (38.7%)
Free Throws 13-17 (76.5%) 20-25 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 34 28
Offensive 5 9
Defensive 24 18
Team 5 1
Assists 14 20
Steals 3 9
Blocks 0 3
Turnovers 14 5
Fouls 21 18
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST
22 PTS, 1 AST
12T
away team logo San Jose State 3-8 324880
home team logo California 5-6 305888
Team Stats
away team logo San Jose State 3-8 65.9 PPG 40.1 RPG 13.6 APG
home team logo California 5-6 68.4 PPG 31.6 RPG 10.9 APG
Key Players
20
N. Baumann G 10.8 PPG 2.7 RPG 1.8 APG 40.7 FG%
1
D. McNeill G 11.0 PPG 1.4 RPG 0.9 APG 39.1 FG%
Top Scorers
N. Baumann G 18 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
D. McNeill G 22 PTS 0 REB 1 AST
55.8 FG% 45.9
50.0 3PT FG% 38.7
76.5 FT% 80.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
O. Barry 18 6 1 7/10 1/2 3/4 5 32 3 0 3 0 6
N. Baumann 18 3 1 6/11 6/9 0/0 2 34 0 0 1 0 3
M. Steadman 16 13 1 7/12 0/1 2/4 4 36 0 0 3 3 10
B. Ivey 13 1 4 3/6 1/2 6/6 3 30 0 0 3 1 0
S. Knight 7 2 3 2/3 1/2 2/2 4 20 0 0 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
O. Barry 18 6 1 7/10 1/2 3/4 5 32 3 0 3 0 6
N. Baumann 18 3 1 6/11 6/9 0/0 2 34 0 0 1 0 3
M. Steadman 16 13 1 7/12 0/1 2/4 4 36 0 0 3 3 10
B. Ivey 13 1 4 3/6 1/2 6/6 3 30 0 0 3 1 0
S. Knight 7 2 3 2/3 1/2 2/2 4 20 0 0 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. LeCesne 6 2 2 3/9 0/2 0/0 2 27 0 0 2 0 2
C. Anigwe 2 2 1 1/1 0/0 0/1 0 9 0 0 0 1 1
A. Chastain 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
I. Nichols 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Z. Chappell 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 1 0 0
B. Rodriguez-Flores 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
S. Japhet-Mathias - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Simmons - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Hammonds - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 80 29 14 29/52 9/18 13/17 21 200 3 0 14 5 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. McNeill 22 0 1 8/16 5/13 1/1 1 32 1 0 1 0 0
A. Kelly 19 10 0 7/10 1/1 4/8 2 31 2 0 1 4 6
P. Austin 9 1 11 2/6 1/2 4/4 3 35 0 0 0 0 1
J. Sueing 9 7 3 3/9 1/5 2/2 3 21 2 0 1 2 5
G. Anticevich 5 3 0 1/5 1/4 2/2 3 20 1 0 0 2 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. McNeill 22 0 1 8/16 5/13 1/1 1 32 1 0 1 0 0
A. Kelly 19 10 0 7/10 1/1 4/8 2 31 2 0 1 4 6
P. Austin 9 1 11 2/6 1/2 4/4 3 35 0 0 0 0 1
J. Sueing 9 7 3 3/9 1/5 2/2 3 21 2 0 1 2 5
G. Anticevich 5 3 0 1/5 1/4 2/2 3 20 1 0 0 2 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Bradley 16 4 2 3/6 3/4 7/7 1 22 1 1 2 1 3
R. Davis 4 2 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 4 14 1 1 0 0 2
J. Harris-Dyson 4 0 2 2/4 0/0 0/1 0 18 1 1 0 0 0
J. Gordon 0 0 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 7 0 0 0 0 0
J. Orender - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Erving - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Zhao - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Serge - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Vanover - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Welle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 88 27 20 28/61 12/31 20/25 18 200 9 3 5 9 18