There was nothing “sweet” about Cal’s 66-60 loss to the Syracuse Orange on Saturday night to eliminate them from the NCAA Tournament in the Round of 32.
Justin Cobbs and Allen Crabbe, their two leading scorers, shot a combined 5/18 from the field for 13 points between the two of them. Crabbe simply looked frustrated and was visibly upset throughout the game.
The Bears trailed by double-digits early in the first half, stifled by Syracuse’s stingy 2-3 zone. Cal committed 17 turnovers, and most of them came while trying to force feed someone inside.
Cal rallied in the second half to get within single digits and pump up the “home” crowd at HP Pavilion, but it was turnovers that haunted them. Down by seven with under two minutes to play, the Bears created a turnover and had a chance to cut into the lead, but Crabbe stepped out of bounds with no pressure on him whatsoever.
From that point on, the Orange were able to ice the game away and punch their ticket to the Sweet 16.