California started the game on a 12-0 run and ended it on a 12-2 run for a 77-62 win. Theo Robertson and Jerome Randle had 21 points each, on a combined 13-for-20 from the field.
Raheem Buckles had 20 points and Samardo Samuels added 16 for the Cardinals. It wasn't a great end to the career of Edgar Sosa, who scored just eight points. Sosa picked up two quick fouls early in the first half, which made him a non-factor. But hat's off to Sosa, who I covered in high school.
Things got a little testy between Cal and Louisville. The Cardinals got hit for an intentional foul and Rick Pitino got hit with a technical for arguing the call. This could be the final nail for the Cardinals.
The Golden Bears were ahead 70-60 at the time with 2:43 left. After the foul shots Cal, which hit five of six free throws, led 75-60 with 2:25 left.
The Golden Bears straightened themselves out a bit after Louisville made a big run to get back in the game. Trailing 22-4 with 13:41 to go, Louisville answered Cal's strong start with a 24-12 run, cutting the lead to 34-28 with 4:26 to go.
Cal kept the Cardinals at arm's length, ending the half with a 7-2 run for a 41-30 halftime lead. Samardo Samuels and Rakeem Buckles each has eight points. But Edgar Sosa has just four points. The Cardinals need him to get his perimeter game going if they are to make the comeback complete.
Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher have 13 points each for the Golden Bears.
Lousville is shooting 2-for-12 from three-point range and has eight turnovers.