Nov. 15, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Cal erased a six-point deficit, going on a 19-4 run in the last five minutes, as Southern Miss fell to Golden Bears, 67-59 at Haas Pavilion Wednesday night.
It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
"The effort was there tonight," said head coach Larry Eustachy. "Both teams played extremely hard and extremely well. However, we didn't execute when it mattered. We got fatigued toward the end. However, there was no harm done tonight. This was a great learning experience, and it helped us see where we are."
Courtney Beasley led the Golden Eagles with 13 points, and Sai'Quon Stone added 12. Gjio Bain scored eight points and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.
Jeremy Wise was held to just eight points on 3-of-15 shooting.
The teams traded baskets throughout the first half. With Cal ahead 16-13 with nine minutes left, Patrick Christopher hit two consecutive three-pointers to give the Bears a nine-point lead. Cal extended its advantage to 29-17 with 5:20 to play on Jordan Wilkes three. However, Southern Miss cut the deficit to five, and went into the locker room down 33-28.
Southern Miss pulled even in the second half when Courtney Beasley's jumper knotted the game at five. But, the Golden Bears went on an 11-4 run to pull out ahead, 46-39.
But, once again the Golden Eagles came back, going on an 11-0 run and taking its first lead of the game since it was 5-4 on Sai'Quon Stone's lay-up with 9:27 to play. Southern Miss extended its lead to six, 54-48, on Craig Craft's jumper with 5:38 left.
That's when the Golden Bears took over.
Cal won the rebounding battle 40-38. But, 17 of Cal's boards came in the offensive zone.
Patrick Christopher led the Bears with a game-high 19 points. DeVon Hardin added 18 points and a game-high 14 boards.
Southern Miss will now take a week off before its next game, Tuesday, November 20 against cross-town rival William Carey. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. (CT).