Moore finished with 11 points and Keith Frazier chipped in nine
points for top-seeded SMU (26-9), which advanced to face
third-seeded Clemson in next week’s Final Four in New York City’s
Madison Square Garden. Shawn Williams added seven points and six
rebounds as the Mustangs improved to 18-1 at home, including 12-1 at
Jabari Bird scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half for
second-seeded California (21-14), which led 65-64 following Justin
Cobbs’ 3-pointer with 15.4 seconds remaining. Cobbs scored 18 points
on 8-of-11 shooting and David Kravish collected 12 points and eight
rebounds for the Golden Bears, who lost despite shooting 51 percent
from the field and 7-of-7 from the foul line.
SMU closed the first half on a 17-5 run and led 32-29 at the break
before California took its first lead of the second half at 53-50 on
Bird’s three-point play with just over eight minutes remaining. Bird
made eight of his 13 shots from the field and scored with just over
three minutes left to give California a 62-59 advantage.
The Mustangs answered with four consecutive points before falling
behind on Cobbs’ 3-pointer from the top of the key. SMU came in
holding opponents to 37.9 percent shooting, but the Mustangs had
trouble slowing down the duo of Cobbs and Bird in the second half
before escaping with the win on Moore’s game-winning shot.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The sellout crowd included President George W. Bush
and Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, along with quarterback Tony
Romo. … California senior F Richard Solomon, who led the Pac-12 in
rebounding during the regular season with 10.2 per game, missed his
third straight game due to a concussion. … Golden Bears G Ricky
Kreklow played with a mask covering his broken nose and had two
points and two steals.
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