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Air Force 49, California 44

12/29/2003

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Air Force held California to six points
in the final 8:06 and upset the Bears 49-44 to win the Office Depot
Golden Bear Classic on Sunday night.

Joel Gerlach scored 10 points to lead the Falcons (6-2), who won
their fourth straight game.

Leon Powe was the only bright spot for California (4-5), scoring
25 points and grabbing seven rebounds.

The rest of the Bear starters were 6-of-22 from the field
against an Air Force squad that leads the nation in scoring
defense, allowing just 49.3 points per game. As a team, California
shot just 38.9 percent from the field, including 1-for-8 from
3-point range.

A.J. Kuhle hit a 3-pointer with 50 seconds left to put Air Force
ahead 46-42, and Tim Keller hit three free throws in the final 25
seconds to seal the victory. Keller and Antoine Hood each had nine
points for Air Force.

The game was tied 20-20 at halftime after Kuhle hit a 35-footer
at the buzzer.

The Falcons took a 25-22 lead early in the second half, but
California then used a 16-8 run to take a 38-33 lead with 8:06
remaining.

Air Force answered with a 10-0 run, including a 3-pointer and
two lay-ups by Hood, that put the Falcons up 43-38 with 3:55 to
play. The smothering Air Force defense helped hold California in
check the rest of the way.