- Cal basketball overcame an 11-point deficit, tying the score on a 3-pointer by Jalen Cone with 6 seconds left
- UTEP's Tae Hardy hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer, resulting in a 75-72 loss for the Bears
- Mark Madsen, the coach of Cal, highlighted the team's effort and hard work despite the defeat
Cal Basketball’s effort improves, but Bears come up short against UTEP at the SoCal Challenge, losing 75-72. Despite a late 3-pointer by Jalen Cone to tie the score, UTEP’s Tae Hardy hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. Coach Mark Madsen praised the team’s spirit and effort but highlighted the 21 turnovers that cost them the game. The Bears were shorthanded due to injuries and struggled with fouls, surrendering 16 offensive rebounds to UTEP. They will face Tulane in the third-place game. Aimaq and Tyson scored 18 and 15 points, respectively, and Gus Larson had a standout performance off the bench.