Cal suffers its 20th defeat of the season, getting routed by USC

BERKELEY — Cal’s inevitable 20th loss of the season arrived
without drama on Saturday evening.

The Bears fell behind USC 11-0 just 2 minutes, 13 seconds into
the game and gave the Haas Pavilion crowd little reason for hope
before losing 89-66.

USC’s Bennie Boatwright provided the game’s only
entertainment value, making a school-record 10 3-pointers on the
way to scoring 36 points. The senior forward hit nine of his first
10 attempts from beyond the arc.

Cal (5-20, 0-13 Pac-12) lost for the 14th straight game, an
ongoing program worst dating back to the team’s most recent win,
over San Jose State on Dec. 21.

The Bears have dropped 20 straight regular-season conference
games, a drought that exceeds a full year. And after being saddled
with just two 20-loss campaigns in their first 108 years of
basketball, they have done it two years in a row.

Cal has not won as few as five games in a full season since
going 2-0 in 1913-14.

The Bears, who travel to Thursday at Arizona, play just two more
home games while trying to avoid joining Oregon State in 2007-08 as
the only school to finish winless in the conference since the Pac-8
expanded to the Pac-10 in 1978-79.

Justice Sueing scored 17 points for Cal and Matt Bradley added
14.

The Trojans (14-12, 7-6) made 19 of 31 threes and led by as many
as many as 31 points.

Three nights after leading most of the way before losing in
overtime against UCLA, the Bears were never in this one. USC was up
41-26 at halftime despite shooting 3 for 10 from the free throw
line.

The Bears dug themselves a hole from the start as USC made its
first four shots, three of them 3-pointers, and Cal opened
0-for-6.

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Cal suffers its 20th defeat of the season, getting routed by USC