Allen Crabbe scored a game-high 27, but it was not enough to beat the Harvard Crimson as they squeaked by the Bears 67-62.
The Bears failed to take advantage of the smaller Crimson, one of the weakest teams in terms of points in the paint.
The two teams were even 24-24 with 3:21 remaining in the first half, but a 9-2 run by Harvard gave them a seven-point lead at halftime.
The second half was tightly contested, with Crabbe leading the Bears back into the game. Again, the score was tied 58-58 with 3:46 left in regulation, and Cal even took the lead on a David Kravish layup with under two minutes remaining.
But the Bears wouldn’t score another point. Harvard made six straight free throws and Justin Cobbs turned the ball over twice to seal the deal.
Cal ends the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 8-4 record.