Lee shakes off slow start to lead Cal past Wofford 79-65
Lee shakes off slow start to lead Cal past Wofford 79-65:- Marcus Lee scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and finished with 11 rebounds, Darius McNeill also had 17 and California beat Wofford 79-65 on Thursday night.
Kingsley Okoroh added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Golden Bears (2-1) in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
A transfer from Kentucky who sat out all of last season, Lee was shut down in the first half after scoring Cal’s first two points.
The 6-foot-11 senior had little problem after the break and scored six points as part of a 12-3 run coming out of halftime to help the Bears pull away. Lee also had five assists.
Don Coleman scored 16 points with three assists for Cal. The Bears have won two straight since a season-opening loss to UC Riverside.
Fletcher Magee hit seven 3-pointers and finished with 32 points and Matthew Pegram scored 13 for Wofford (1-2). Terriers coach Mike Young lost in his first attempt at win No. 250.
Magee scored 17 points apiece in Wofford’s first two games but easily topped that mark in the first half against Cal. One of three starters back from last year’s team that finished 16-17, Magee had 24 points with five 3-pointers to help the Terriers to a 37-36 halftime lead.
McNeill had 15 points — seven more than he had in the first two games combined — to keep the Bears close in the first half.
Wofford: The Terriers wore down in the second half but they still look like a team that will make some noise in the Southern Conference. They shot well from the perimeter but couldn’t get much going down low despite an off night by Cal’s big men. Wofford was had four players mired in foul trouble much of the night.
California: An uneven first half wasn’t a good omen but the Bears came out of halftime with a big run that gave them some breathing room. There are still plenty of rough edges that need to be smoothed out but for a young team and coaching staff; any win is a step in the right direction.
Wofford: Returns home to host Bob Jones on Saturday.
California: The Bears head to Hawaii for three more games in the Maui Invitational, beginning with Wichita State on Monday.