BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Lucas Siewert scored 18 points and Tyler Bey had 17 points and 14 rebounds as Colorado beat Cal 68-59 on Thursday night despite squandering all of an 18-point second-half lead.
Shane Gatling added 13 points for the Buffaloes (11-7, 2-4 Pac-12), who led 41-23 two minutes into the second half before watching the Bears rally to briefly lead with seven minutes left.
Colorado’s big lead disappeared after a flurry of Cal 3-pointers, including three by Darius McNeill and two by Matt Bradley.
Cal took a 54-53 lead on two free throws by Bradley with 7:04 left but Colorado answered with a 7-0 run to regain the lead for good.
The Bears (5-14, 0-7) lost their eighth game in a row and dropped their 14th straight Pac-12 regular-season game, dating back to last season.
Paris Austin and Justice Sueing scored 13 points each to lead Cal.
Colorado: The Buffaloes needed a win over Cal after staggering through the first three weeks of Pac-12 play with just a home victory over Washington State. Their victory at Haas Pavilion was their first after five defeats there since joining the Pac-12 in 2011.
Cal: The Bears, without a conference victory since last Feb. 3, continue one of the worst two-year stretches in school history on the heels of going 8-24 a year ago. Cal has never lost 20 games or more in consecutive seasons.
Colorado: The Buffaloes play Saturday at Stanford (9-10, 2-4). Colorado has beaten Stanford nine straight times.
Cal: The Bears are home Saturday against Utah (10-8, 4-2).