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California 60, San Diego State 57

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Eric Vierneisel hit a clutch 3-pointer with
more than 5 minutes left that helped the California Golden Bears
hold off San Diego State 60-57 Saturday night.

A 3-point attempt by San Diego States' Matt Thomas bounced off
the rim at the buzzer.

The Golden Bears led 45-35 with 14:22 left before going cold.
San Diego State closed to 48-47 on Thomas' two free throws with
5:55 left before Vierneisel hit his 3 from beyond the top of the
key to give the Golden Bears (5-3) some breathing room.

The closest the Aztecs (4-3) got after that was three points
twice, 56-53 on a layup by Brandon Heath with 47.7 seconds left and
60-57 on a slam dunk by Marcus Slaughter with 6.1 seconds left.

DeVon Hardin led Cal with 11 points, and Dominic McGuire and
Marquise Kately had 10 apiece.

Slaughter led all players with 18 points and nine rebounds, and
Heath had 14 points.

The game was the nightcap of the San Diego Slam, a one-day
tournament sponsored by SDSU and the San Diego International Sports
Council. Southern Cal beat San Diego 87-75 in the first game.

Cal and San Diego State hadn't played each other since Jan. 12,
1942. The series is tied 2-2.

San Diego State lost to a Pac-10 team for the second time in
five days and for the fifth time overall. The Aztecs lost 98-69 at
No. 16 Washington on Tuesday night.

The Aztecs shot just 35 percent from the floor and made just 4
of 19 3-pointers.