The Golden Bears shuffled toward the locker room with blanks expressions. Their 13 points matched the seventh-fewest in an opening half since the NCAA tournament expanded in 1985, according to STATS LLC.
The Bulls pulled ahead 57-25 with 8:49 left, making sure there wouldn't be another big comeback on the same floor where two of them opened the First Four on Tuesday night.
"I really liked for the 30 minutes the way we played," Heath said.
The only question was how low they could keep the sore. California got its 40th point with 2:54 to go, and fouled repeatedly in the final minute, giving itself enough chances to hit the 50-point mark.
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