Northeastern (3-2) vs. South Alabama (3-2)
Gulf Coast Showcase , Hertz Arena, Estero, Florida; Monday, 11 a.m. EST
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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — It took a little bit of luck and a pair of big free throws from Dorian Pickens in the final seconds to keep Stanford from getting swept by California this season.
More critically, the Cardinal kept their hopes alive for a first-round bye in the Pac-12 tournament, a break that would be huge for coach Jerod Haase's team.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coming into Thursday night's game, California and UCLA were both struggling, and only one was going to come out feeling better as the second half of Pac-12 play begins.
Aaron Holiday had 21 points and the Bruins put together a pair of impressive runs to beat Cal 70-57 and snap a three-game losing streak.
"We're going to have to build on that," said UCLA coach Steve Alford.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Darius McNeil scored a season-high 30 points but California needed late heroics from cold-shooting Don Coleman to hold off Cal State Fullerton 95-89 in overtime on Saturday.
Coleman made just one of his first 12 shots, but scored 17 points in the final 3:35 of regulation and overtime as the Bears (5-6) won their second straight game. He converted a 4-point play with two minutes left in the second half and had eight points in the extra period, including six on free throws.
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.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Cal freshman Darius McNeill said he is finally at ease as a college basketball player.
He sure looked that way Tuesday night against Cal State Northridge.
McNeill made his first seven shots, including five 3-pointers, and scored 22 points as the Bears broke a three-game losing streak with an 83-63 victory over the Matadors.
McNeill shot just 2 for 11 in his first two college games, but has averaged 16.6 points in five games since.
BERKLEY, Calif. (AP) — After scoring an inefficient 31 points in Cal's season-opening loss, Don Coleman had a heart-to-heart talk with coach Wyking Jones.
The difference two days later was dramatic.
Coleman scored 30 points on just 13 shots from the field and Kentucky transfer Marcus Lee added a career-high 21 as the Bears gave Jones his first victory with an 85-82 win over Cal Poly on Sunday.
Cal (1-1) lost to UC Riverside in its opener as Coleman shot 9 for 28.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ivan Rabb scored 17 points, including the go-ahead free throws with five seconds left, and had a key block at the buzzer to lift California to a 74-73 victory over No. 25 Southern California on Sunday night.
With his team up one, Rabb blocked Jordan McLaughlin's driving layup at the buzzer to lift the Bears to their first road victory over a ranked opponent in three years.
Charlie Moore added 16 points and Jibari Bird and Don Coleman each had 12 for Cal (11-5, 2-2 Pac-12)