BERKELEY, Calif. – Tyreese Davis made a layup with 24 seconds left to lift Eastern Washington past winless California 50-48 in nonconference play Wednesday night at Haas Pavilion.
It was the EWU men’s basketball program’s first win over Cal and its fifth over a Pac-12 program.
After Davis’ basket, Cal’s Kuany Kuany missed a 3-pointer with 4 seconds left.
Eagles sophomore Casey Jones grabbed the rebound – his 14th of the game – and was fouled.
Jones missed the front of the 1-and-1, but Cal’s midcourt heave missed the basket at the buzzer.
“Just really excited for the way we won that game,” Eastern coach David Riley said in a radio interview. “Defense travels.”
Eastern improved to 4-5 on the season . Cal is 0-10.
Davis, a junior, led the Eagles with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting and was the only EWU player to shoot better than 50% from the floor. Eastern shot 38% (20 of 52).
But Cal was little better, making 17 of 44 shots (39%). The Golden Bears committed 17 turnovers, four more than the Eagles , and Cal never led.
Eastern led 27-20 at halftime and pushed its edge to 34-22 in the second half before Cal made a run to tie the game at 48 with 34 seconds remaining.
After scoring 33 points on Saturday – a performance that earned him Big Sky Player of the Week honors – Eagles sophomore Steele Venters was held to four points. Often in foul trouble, Venters played 27 minutes and fouled out with 1:35 left.
The Eagles continue their road trip at South Dakota State (3-7) on Saturday and at Texas Tech (6-2) on Tuesday.
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