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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Aly Ahmed had 19 points and 10 rebounds, including two free throws with 3.6 seconds left, to help Cal State Bakersfield upset California 55-52 on Sunday night.
The Roadrunners (3-10) led by as many as 17 and overcame a late offensive slump when they made only one basket over the final 10 minutes. They offset that by going 10-for-12 on free throws down the stretch.
Jaylin Airington added 10 points for CSU Bakersfield, which had to delay its celebration as officials reviewed the final play to determine if Cal had successfully stolen the ball on an inbounds play with 0.9 seconds remaining.
Tyrone Wallace had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Golden Bears (10-3). David Kravish added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Cal, which has lost two straight following a seven-game winning streak.
Bakersfield had lost its previous two games between the two schools but led nearly the entire game before having to hold off the Bears' late surge.
Cal trailed 50-43 with just over two minutes left before Wallace scored three points and Kravish added a baby hook shot to close the gap.
Redshirt freshman Brent Wrapp made two free throws then made one more after Wallace made two from the line.
The Bears were within 53-50 and had possession before Jordan Mathews' turnover with 6.1 seconds remaining.
Bakersfield took control with a 15-0 run in the first half.
The Roadrunners repeatedly fed Ahmed down low and he responded with 14 points in the first half — one more than he scored the entire game in a 59-50 win against Idaho State on Dec. 20.
Bakersfield led by as many as 17 in the first half but went cold over the final four minutes, allowing Cal to pull within 30-20 at halftime.
Bakersfield: The Roadrunners held Cal scoreless for nearly nine minutes in the first half. Bakersfield missed seven of its first 3-point attempts.
Cal: Jabari Bird missed his seventh consecutive game with a foot injury. The sophomore guard was expected to shoulder the scoring load with Wallace but remains sidelined and is wearing a walking boot on his left foot. Kravish needs one block to become first Cal player to have 1,000 points and 200 blocks in his career. The Bears were limited to 20 first-half points for the second straight game.
Bakersfield: Hosts LaVerne on Wednesday.
Cal: Hosts No. 13 Washington on Friday.
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