November 14, 2018 / 5:35 AM / a month ago

Cal's early run enough to hold off Hampton

Darius McNeill buried consecutive 3-pointers in a 12-point, first-half flurry Tuesday night that propelled California to an 80-66 non-conference men’s basketball victory over Hampton in Berkeley, Calif.

All five starters for the Golden Bears (1-1) scored in double figures as Cal rebounded from an opening loss to Yale in China with a decisive win.

Jermaine Marrow poured in a game-high 26 points for Hampton (1-2), which was coming off a 69-57 loss to Virginia Commonwealth.

Cal led just 19-17 before Paris Austin hit a jumper and assisted on two hoops, the second being a McNeill 3-pointer, to get the Bears’ run in motion.

McNeill’s second 3-pointer and two free throws by Andre Kelly completed the 12-0 burst that opened a 31-17 lead.

Hampton went 4:13 without a point until Lysander Bracey connected on a 3-pointer.

Cal went on to lead 48-31 at halftime and stretched the advantage to 19 early in the second half before the Pirates rallied.

Marrow had back-to-back three-point plays to trigger a stretch in which he scored 10 straight Hampton points, and he then assisted a 3-pointer by Trevond Barnes that got the Pirates within 54-47 with 14:28 to play.

A layup by Akim Mitchell a little more than a minute later got Hampton as close as five, before Connor Vanover bombed in a 3-pointer for Cal to get the hosts back on track.

The Pirates got no closer than six the rest of the way.

Austin had a team-high 20 points and game-high six assists for Cal, which hadn’t played Hampton since a 69-46 win in December of 2004.

Justice Sueing (17 points), Kelly (15), McNeill (11) and Matt Bradley (11) also scored in double figures for the Bears, who shot 8-for-14 from 3-point range.

Mitchell and Kalin Fisher complemented Marrow’s game-high total with 12 points apiece, but the trio combined to shoot 0-for-9 on 3-pointers.

The Hampton five made just 3-of-21 from beyond the arc in the game.

—Field Level Media

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