Virginia guard Darius Thompson, left, goes to the basket against California forward Jaylen Brown (0) and Tyrone Wallace (3) during an NCAA basketball game Tuesday Dec. 22, 2015, in Charlottesville, Va. (Andrew Shurtleff/AP)

Cal controls game, loses in OT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The bottom line was, Cal led a basketball game against the nation’s fifth-ranked team for 44 of 45 minutes. In the end, Cuonzo Martin’s team didn’t know how to win, even with the presence of two heralded freshmen — Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown — who are expected to be NBA lottery picks.

London Perrantes made a 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining in overtime Tuesday night, and Virginia survived a poor shooting night and beat Cal 63-62 for the Cavaliers’ ninth consecutive victory.

“It wasn’t too clean,” Perrantes, the junior guard, said of the shot from in front of the Virginia bench. “I just felt like if I had a little bit of daylight I was going to let it go.”

Perrantes’ shot was the biggest, coming on a night when the Cavaliers fell well short of their 77.3 scoring average but hit all the ones they had to have. That included three 3-pointers from Malcolm Brogdon, who missed the nine other shots he took.

His second 3 came in a 9-0 run that moved Virginia from a 50-43 deficit to a 52-50 lead, it’s first all night, with 1:04 left in regulation, and his last one erased most of a five-point deficit with 53 seconds left in overtime, setting the stage for Perrantes’ game-winner. Overall, Virginia made just 21 of 54 shots (38.9 percent).

Brown scored 18 and Jordan Mathews 16 for the Golden Bears (9-3), whose five-game winning streak was snapped. Brown had an opportunity at the end of regulation going one-on-one against Brogdon at the top of the key, but as he tried to make his move, Brogdon knocked the ball away.

“Brogdon made a tremendous play, as an elite defender would do,” Martin said.

In overtime, three points each from Brown and Wallace and a putback by Rabb gave Cal a 60-54 lead with 2:25 remaining, but Isaiah Wilkins’ putback turned into a 3-point play for Virginia, and Brogdon followed two free throws by Brown with his third 3-pointer of the game to make it 62-60.

After a miss by the Golden Bears, Perrantes caught a pass in front of the Cavaliers’ bench and swished home his second 3-pointer to complete the comeback.

“Both teams did enough. We just came up a little short,” Martin said.

The Golden Bears led by as many as 11 twice in the second half, the last time at 46-35 with 13 minutes to go, but a basket by Gill, a dunk by Reuter and Perrantes’ drive pulled the Cavaliers within 46-41, bringing the crowd out of its malaise and into the game. The Bears pushed the lead back to seven three times, the last at 50-43, but they scored just two points in the last 7½ minutes of regulation as Virginia rallied.

Perrantes scored on a drive, Brogdon followed a Cal miss with a 3-pointer for only his second field goal of the night, and Gill followed another miss by the Bears with a basket that pulled Virginia even for the first time, whipping the crowd into a frenzy.

Neither team scored for more than three minutes, and when Isaiah Wilkins finally stole the ball and fed Darius Thompson for a dunk, the Cavaliers had a 52-50 lead and John Paul Jones Arena seemed to be vibrating.

Brown, however, hit a pair of free throws with 41.5 seconds left, and neither team scored again in regulation.

Cal’s last victory against a ranked team came when it beat top-ranked Arizona on Feb. 1, 2014.

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