Despite shooting 36 percent to the California’s 51 percent, the Pioneers went toe-to-toe with the Pac-12 opponent until the Bears pulled away late and won 71-62 at Magness Arena Friday.
DU forward Chris Udofia led the Pioneers with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while guard Brett Olson added 17 points of his own.
At half, the Pioneers trailed 29-28 — hustle and grit had kept it close.
And in the second, DU kept it to a one-possession game until the Cal Bears went on a 15-2 run with 11 minutes remaining. DU’s poor shooting was exposed.
Cal was led by potential-lottery pick Allen Crabbe, who went off for 20 points and eight rebounds.
DU (1-2) hosts CSU (2-0) Wednesday.