Cal holds on, beats Saint Mary's and stay undefeated at home

Dec 12, 2015 8:58 PM by Associated Press

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Jabari Bird hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 15.2 seconds left then Joe Rahon missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 1.7 seconds left for Saint Mary's, and California held on to beat the Bay Area neighbor Gaels 63-59 on Saturday as the programs renewed their rivalry for the first time in more than a decade.

Tyrone Wallace fouled Rahon near midcourt going for the ball but watched as he missed in raucous Haas Pavilion, where a crowd of 10,074 saw the Golden Bears (8-2) stay unbeaten at home.

Boston College transfer Rahon scored 16 points and Evan Fitzner 15 for Saint Mary's (6-1), handed its first loss in a game featuring five lead changes over the final 2 minutes, 43 seconds.

Dane Pineau made a key layin with 2:24 remaining and secured an offensive rebound in the final minute for the Gaels, but Ivan Rabb blocked a shot by Rahon with 24 seconds left.

Rabb had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Jordan Mathews scored 13.

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