Southern shot 56% (14 of 25) that included six 3-pointers in building a 38-26 halftime lead.
The Tigers led by as many as 15 points early in the second half and had a 10-point advantage with 3:55 remaining. Askew made consecutive 3-pointers that pulled Cal to 66-60 with 1:24 left. Etienne answered with a layup, and he and Byrd combined for six points from the free-throw to seal it.
Cal finished with a season-high 20 turnovers.
Tonight’s game was part of the Emerald Coast Classic and not this season’s inaugural SWAC/Pac-12 Legacy Series, which wrapped up this week with the conferences splitting the series 3-3.
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