The Pacific Tigers came back from nine points down in the second half and had the No. 21 Cal Bears on the ropes late in regulation, but Reshanda Gray rallied the Golden Bears to a 68-66 overtime win at Haas Pavilion on Saturday afternoon.
Gray’s layup early in the second half capped an 11-2 run by the Golden Bears (6-2) and gave them a 38-29 lead after the game was tied at the half 26-26.
But the Tigers (4-3) battled back and took a 54-52 lead on Kiki Moore’s 3-pointer with 8:29 remaining.
Kendall Kenyon’s jumper with 4:16 left put Pacific up 61-56, but the Bears came back. Afure Jemerigbe hit a 3-pointer with four minutes left to bring Cal to within 61-59 and 44 seconds later Kenyon scored to put the Tigers up 63-59.
Brittany Boyd scored with 1:02 left to pull the Golden Bears to within 63-61 and Gray made a pair of free throws with 23 seconds left to tie it. Pacific had a shot to win it in regulation, but Moore’s jumper with five seconds left was off target.
In the overtime, Kenyon put the Tigers up 65-63 with a pair of free throws and Jemerigbe hit a pair of shots from the stripe to tie it. Gray’s jumper with 2:59 left gave Cal a two-point edge and Pacific didn’t score again after Kenyon hit one of two from the line with 2:43 to go.
Madison Parrish had a chance to give Pacific the lead but missed a shot with four seconds left.
Gray led the Golden Bears with 23 poiints and 11 rebounds. Boyd added 16 points, five assists and five steals, but turned the ball over seven times, and Jemerigbe scored 10 points.
Kenyon had a game-high 29 points and 16 rebounds for the Tigers before fouling out. Parrish logged 11 points and eight assists and Moore filled the stat sheet with 10 points, nine boards, seven assists and six turnovers.
Pacific shot 39.1 percent (25-for-64) overall, 35.7 percent from 3-point range (5-for-14) and 68.8 percent from the line (68.8 percent).
Cal checked in with 35.3 percent (24-for-68), 21.4 percent (3-for-14) and 58.6 percent (17-for-29), but won the battle of the boards 50-40, including 16 offensive rebounds to just six for the Tigers.
The Golden Bears play again Dec. 15 when they host Cal State Bakersfield (2-4) at 2 p.m.