California Men's Basketball: Nonconference in Review

With three starters out with injuries, the Bears' first true test of the season came against the UC Irvine Anteaters in California's second home game. The Bears and Anteaters had a tough battle, but Charlie Moore dropped 38 points, the most by any freshman in Cal history, and the Bears took the overtime victory, 75-65.

Cal's first loss of the season came against San Diego State in the new Golden 1 Center. The Bears' cold first half plagued them throughout the game, but valiant efforts by all kept the Aztecs within reach. Cal outscored SDSU in the second half but eventually lost 77-65.

The Bears traveled back to Berkeley to take on Wyoming and Southeastern Louisiana, where they stifled both teams, taking home back-to-back wins by double-digit margins.

California headed to Hawaii to help commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Bears went 1-1 on the road trip, topping Princeton 62-51 and falling to Seton Hall 60-57.

To finish out nonconference play, the Bears hosted UC Davis, Cal Poly and Virginia at home. The Bears took the two matchups against their Californian foes, first beating UC Davis 86-61. Against Cal Poly, California set a program record by earning its 27th consecutive home win.

In their last nonconference game of the season, the Bears took on No. 12 Virginia in their annual #WhiteOutHaas game.

The Bears put up a valiant effort, but lost momentum in the second half, falling to the Cavaliers by just 4 points, 56-52.

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