BERKELEY, Calf. –A late second half comeback by Arkansas came up short Monday night, as the Razorbacks couldn’t overcome a large first half deficit in a 75-64 loss at California in the NIT second round at Haas Pavilion.
Arkansas trailed by as many as 23 in the first half and 15 at halftime, but was able to cut the deficit to single digits, 63-55, with 4:01 to play before dropping its second game to the Golden Bears (21-13) this season.
The Razorbacks finish with the program’s first 20-win season since 2007-08, going 22-12 in their third year under head coach Mike Anderson. Arkansas’ NIT appearance was its third in program history and the first postseason appearance since the aforementioned 2007-08 campaign.
All-SEC second team choice Bobby Portis ended his rookie campaign with his second straight double-double, finishing with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Junior Rashad Madden led the way with 15 points while adding five rebounds, five assists and two steals. The final double figure scorer came off the bench as redshirt junior Alandise Harris went for 12 points and seven rebounds.
Cal shot 55 percent (26-47) for the game and was led by 19 points and eight rebounds from freshman Jabari Bird. On the flipside, the Golden Bears limited Arkansas to just 32 percent (25-78) from the field, helping them overcome 16 turnovers compared to just five by the Razorbacks.
@RazorbackMBB Quick Hitsâž¢ First game in the state of California since 1973âž¢ Met California for the second time this season after just once over the program’s first 90 years.âž¢ Now 5-4 all-time in the NIT in three appearances.âž¢ Arkansas’ 22 wins is its most since 2007-08.âž¢ The Razorbacks at 80.1 points per game, good for the best average since 1997-98.âž¢ Hit a three-pointer in all 34 games, extending streak to 838 games.âž¢ Three players in double figures put the season total at 120.âž¢ Cal is just the fifth team to finish with a positive assist/turnover ratio against Arkansas this season. âž¢ Arkansas committed a season-low five turnovers.âž¢ Madden led the team in scoring 11 times and had a team-high 25 double figure games.âž¢ Madden and Bell tied for the team lead with 50 threes on the season. âž¢ Madden ends the year with double figure points in five straight games.âž¢ Portis finishes with a team-best five double-doubles. âž¢ Portis led the team in rebounding 16 times.âž¢ Portis 23 double figure outings featured four straight to end the year. âž¢ Portis finishes with a team-high 54 blocks while fellow freshman Moses Kingsley is second with 49.âž¢ Harris double figure game was his 10th off the bench and 12th overall. âž¢ Harris’ seven rebounds equaled a season-high. âž¢ Senior Fred Gulley III played his final 151 minutes as a Razorback without a turnover. âž¢ Gulley’s dunk in the first half was No. 1 on the #SCtop10 and Arkansas’ 11th #SCtop10 play of the year.âž¢ Haydar hit a three for the 17th time which was his 27th of the season.