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Cal Gets Back to Basics

Richard Solomon (USA Today Sports)

California comes out firing with runs to start both halves, allowing it to overcome late-game slipups against UNLV.

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Effort trumped execution, as it has all season long for California. The Golden Bears didn't have better athletes than UNLV. They didn't play better or smarter than the Runnin' Rebels either, but still came away with the NCAA Tournament second round upset, 64-61, Thursday afternoon at HP Pavilion because they played with more energy than the fifth seed. Cal put together runs to... Recommended Stories

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