Gabe York made two 3-pointers in the final minute, the last to give his team the lead with 19 seconds to play, and No. 18 Arizona scored the final 11 points of the game to beat No. 25 California 64-61 on Thursday night in Tucson, Arizona.
York, coming off poor performances in Arizona’s losses at Colorado and Utah, scored all 19 of his points in the second half as the Wildcats (23-7, 11-6) moved into a tie for third with Cal (21-9, 11-6) in the Pac-12, although the Bears still hold the tiebreaker for seeding in the conference tournament.
Ryan Anderson had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Arizona, which had lost two straight. Kaleb Tarczewski added 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Ivan Rabb had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Cal. Jabari Bird added 13 points and Jordan Mathews had 12 for the Bears, who seemed headed for their eighth straight win after an Arizona turnover led to Tyrone Wallace’s layup that put Cal ahead 61-53 with 1:52 to play.
The Bears, who beat Arizona in Berkeley earlier this season, went scoreless the rest of the way.
Anderson’s three-point play cut the lead to 61-56 with 1:36 to play, then Wallace stepped on the baseline for a Cal turnover. York followed with a 3 to the deafening cheers in McKale Center and the Cal lead was down to 61-59 with a minute to play.
The Bears worked the ball to star freshman guard Jaylen Brown, who was called for an offensive foul in the lane. Brown fouled out on the play and, after a timeout, York let fly from far beyond the 3-point line to give Arizona the 62-61 lead. Bird missed on a drive in traffic, Tarczewski grabbed the rebound and the big Arizona center’s free throws with .7 seconds left completed the scoring.
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