Matt Bradley scored 16 points and Cal struggled for much of the second half before putting away Prairie View A&M 54-50 at Haas Pavilion on Monday night.
The Bears (4-0) remained unbeaten in head coach Mark Fox’s first season despite a sloppy game. Cal committed 22 turnovers and went seven minutes without scoring in the second half.
Joel Brown’s bucket early in the second half put Cal up 37-26. The Panthers (1-4) responded with an 18-2 run to go in front 44-39 with a little more than eight minutes remaining.
About three minutes later, Kareem South’s layup gave the Bears a 47-46 edge. They remained in front the rest of the way.
Grant Anticevich added 13 points and six rebounds for the Bears, who play their first game away from Berkeley this season at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night in the 2K Empire Classic. Their opponent: merely No. 1 Duke.
#3 Michigan State 94, Charleston Southern 46: Xavier Tillman scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the host Spartans (3-1) overwhelm the Buccaneers (1-4).
#9 Kentucky 82, Utah Valley 74: Ashton Hagans scored a career-high 26 points as the Wildcats (3-1) held off the visiting Wolverines (3-2).
#10 Ohio State 86, Stetson 51: The host Buckeyes (4-0) bolted to a 28-3 lead against the Hatters (2-2).
#15 Utah State 82, Texas-San Antonio 50: Sam Merrill hit five 3-pointers en route to 21 points as the host Aggies (5-0) blitzed the Roadrunners (0-5).
#19 Auburn 91, Colgate 62: Samir Doughty scored 20 points as the host Tigers (5-0) rolled over the Raiders (1-3).
#23 Colorado 69, UC Irvine 53: Tyler Bey and McKinley Wright each scored 16 points as the host Buffaloes (3-0) stopped the Anteaters (3-2).
Poll: Duke is back at No. 1 following two victories last week. The Blue Devils received 52 first-place votes from a 65-member media panel in the Associated Press men’s poll released Monday. The Blue Devils climbed a spot after unranked Evansville upset previous No. 1 Kentucky last week. No. 2 Louisville received eight first-place votes and No. 3 Michigan State, the preseason No. 1, had four. Kansas and North Carolina rounded out the top five. St. Mary’s (3-1), which was No. 18, fell out of the Top 25 after losing 61-59 to Winthrop in Moraga on Nov. 11. The Gaels next face Fresno State in Sacramento on Wednesday night.
Idaho 66, USF 60: On the Hilltop, the Dons (2-2) got 19 points apiece from Mikayla Williams and Lucie Hoskova but fell to the Vandals (2-1). USF’s Leilah Vigil pulled down a game-high 19 rebounds.
#10 Mississippi State 122, Troy 82: Jordan Danberry scored 24 points as the Bulldogs (4-0) racked up the second-most points in a game in program history. They had 124 against Murray State on Friday.
Poll: Notre Dame’s 12-year run in the Associated Press women’s poll is over. The Irish fell out of the Top 25 on Monday for the first time since the end of the 2006-07 season, ending a streak of 234 weeks being ranked. It was the third-longest active streak behind those of UConn (492) and Baylor (302). Muffet McGraw’s team lost at home to Tennessee and Michigan State last week, marking the first time since 2008 the Irish dropped consecutive game in South Bend, Ind. Oregon remained No. 1. The Ducks received 27 of the 29 first-place votes. Baylor was second, receiving the other two first-place votes, followed by Stanford, Connecticut and South Carolina.
Chronicle staff writer Steve Kroner contributed to this report.
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