(SAN JOSE, Calif.) — The California Golden Bears seemed right at home on Thursday night.
The 12th-seeded Bears upended the No. 5 seed UNLV, 64-61 on Thursday to advance to the third round of the NCAA tournament.
California (21-11) was playing roughly 50 miles from their campus in the HP Pavillion, and frusturated UNLV with zone defense.
“That’s the most we’ve ever played zone this year,” Cal forward Alan Crabbe said. “We took them out of their rhythm.” UNLV (25-10) went through a prolonged stretch in the second without a field goal when the game was in the balance.
Robert Thurman had 12 points – all on dunks – to lead the Bears, who take on fourth-seeded Syracuse on Saturday.
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News
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