Cal Basketball Updates: Golden Bears Fall To Third Ranked Jayhawks

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#3 Kansas Jayhawks Wear Down California Golden Bears, Win 78-63

For more on the game, check out the California Golden Blogs (Cal SB Nation site) and Rock Chalk Talk (Kansas SB Nation site).

It was a rough and tumble affair. 45 fouls were called. Star Marcus Morris was ejected after elbowing Harper Kamp in the head. Jorge Gutierrez went bezerk after getting hit in the eye. There were more turnovers (31) than assists (27).

Ultimately though, it was the talent of the Kansas Jayhawks triumphing over the youth of the California Golden Bears. When Maurice was ejected, his brother Markieff Morris stepped up, scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Morris and Thomas Robinson combined for 8 offensive rebounds and 20 rebounds overall in the game, much of their damage coming in the second half. Josh Selby added 18 points (13 in the first half), and Tyrel Reed finished the job with 12 points in the second half to finish with 18 overall.

Gutierrez led the Bears with 15 points, Markhuri Sanders-Frison managed a double double of 10 points and 12 rebounds, Allen Crabbe scored 11. But Cal’s perimeter players continued to struggle: Crabbe shot 4 for 12, Gary Franklin was 3 for 10, and Nigel Carter was 1 for 8. The Bears shot 35% from the field, committed 17 turnovers and missed 14 free throws. Cal falls to 6-5 on the year before their final non-conference test against Hartford next week.


Cal Edges Iowa State In Lone Road Game In Non-Conference Play

(For more information on the game, check out the official recap from Cal’s perspective at the California Golden Blogs.)

Ames, IA (Sports Network) – Harper Kamp scored 14 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out five assists, leading the California Golden Bears to a 76-73 win over the Iowa State Cyclones as part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series at Hilton Coliseum.

Markhuri Sanders-Frison added 12 points and six rebounds for California (5-2), while Jorge Gutierrez and Allen Crabbe chipped in with 11 points apiece.

ISU (6-2) was paced by Scott Christopherson, who scored a game-high 25 points in a losing effort. Jake Anderson added 16 points, nine rebounds and six steals for the Cyclones, while Diante Garrett contributed 11 points and six assists.

Both teams shot 46 percent from the floor in the first half, though it was ISU clinging to a 39-38 lead at the break.

The Golden Bears responded in the second stanza, shooting 50 percent from the floor and knocking down 11-of-14 free throws en route to the three-point victory.

The California bench proved to be a key factor in this contest, outscoring the Cyclones’ reserves 20-10 for the game.


Golden Bears Struggle But Eventually Cruise To 31st Victory In 31 Tries Against Aggies

(For more extensive coverage of the game and a lot of Bak Bak love, check out the recap of Cal-UC Davis over at the California Golden Blogs. They take a look at Cal's offensive struggles and inability to feed the post, Jorge Gutierrez continuing to struggle to run the offense, Allen Crabbe continuing his development, and Harper Kamp having an off-night.)

Berkeley, CA (Sports Network) – Gary Franklin scored 13 points to power the California Golden Bears to a 74-62 victory over the UC Davis Aggies in a non- league affair.

Bak Bak added 12 points for Cal (4-2), which received 10 points from Markhuri Sanders-Frison.

Joe Harden poured in a career-high 27 points in defeat for UC Davis (3-5).

California owned a 39-30 advantage at intermission and led throughout the second half.

Franklin, a promising freshman, shot 5-of-26 from the floor in his previous two games combined, so Wednesday’s 4-of-8 shooting effort was a welcomed site for fans of the team.

The Golden Bears have now won all 31 meetings between these two teams, who clashed tonight for the first time in 24 years.


Cal Loses Third Place Game In Old Spice Classic To Boston College

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Biko Paris and Joe Trapani scored 12 points each as the Boston College Eagles bested the California Golden Bears, 68-46, in the final round of the Old Spice Classic at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex.

Reggie Jackson scored 11 points for the Eagles (4-2), who have won three of their last four. Trapani pulled down eight rebounds

Jorge Gutierrez scored 12 points for California (3-2). Markhuri Sanders-Frison finished with 11 points and six boards.

Boston College led 35-31 at halftime after shooting 15-of-31 from the floor in the first half. California shot 50 percent from the floor and was 6-of-9 from three-point range in the opening 20 minutes.

Boston College broke the game open in the second half and led by 26 with 2:01 left in the game.

The Eagles collected 21 points off their bench and 15 points off 15 California turnovers.

(For more coverage, check out the California Golden Blogs.)


NCAA Basketball Scores: Notre Dame Stops Cal 57-44 Behind Dominant First Half

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Carleton Scott scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to a 57-44 win over the California Golden Bears as part of the Old Spice Classic at Disney Wide World of Sports Complex.

Tyrone Nash and Scott Martin also added 11 points apiece for Notre Dame (6-0), while Tim Abromaitis chipped in with seven points and 11 rebounds. The Golden Bears (3-1) were paced by Allen Crabbe who tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort.

Both teams struggled to score in the first half, as Notre Dame shot just 28.1 percent from the floor, yet still managed to take a 21-5 lead at the break. California converted a feeble 2-of-25 from the floor and missed all eight chances behind the three-point line.

The Fighting Irish held onto its lead in the second stanza, knocking down 23- of-32 free-throw attempts en route to a 13-point victory. Notre Dame shot just 27.8 percent from the floor, including a dismal 1-of-20 showing from three-point territory.

California will face 3-2 Boston College in the third place game on Sunday at 10am pacific on ESPNU. Notre Dame moves on to face Wisconsin in the championship game of the tournament.


Cal Upsets Temple 57-50 In First Round Of Old Spice Classic

Gotta hand it to Mike Montgomery teams. They don't give up. They play strong defense and rebound actively. They generally keep the effort up from start to finish.  And they somehow find a way to win.

And after a surprising beatdown of the New Mexico Lobos, his California Golden Bears started off the Old Spice Classic with a shocking upset of the Temple Owls. Temple looked off all night, shooting 20 of 60 from the field and 2 of 19 from the three point line. Harper Kamp (13 points, seven rebounds), Markhuri Sanders-Frison (eight points, nine boards), Jorge Gutierrez (10 points, three assists), Allen Crabbe (12 points, eight rebounds) and Gary Franklin (10 points) all had moderately efficient offensive nights, but it was their defense that shut down a talented Temple squad that's expected to compete for the Atlantic 10 crowd. Kamp and Sanders-Frison held down Lavoy Allen to 13 points on 12 shots, Gutierrez held his Latino-counterpart Juan Fernandez to 2 of 14 shooting and 0 of 7 from behind the arc, and the young freshmen Crabbe and Franklin shut down Ramone Moore and Scootie Randall (5 points on 2 of 15 shooting).

Cal will now play in the second round of the Old Spice Classic Friday at 2 PM PT/5 PM ET with a chance to advance to the finals. Their opponents will be the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who edged out the Georgia Bulldogs in double overtime in their first round matchup.

For more info on Cal's upset of Temple, check out the California Golden Blogs official recap of the game.


Golden Bears Shoot Fifty Free Throws, Beat Cal State Northridge

The California Golden Bears are going to be a work in progress all season, and their season opener against the Matadors proved they have a long way to go.

Cal St. Northridge traded baskets and took advantage of weak defense by Allen Crabbe and Gary Franklin to nail a bunch of threes and open jumpers (Crabbe’s assignment scored at least 21 points) and give the Matadors a slim lead a halftime. Cal didn’t have too much trouble running their offense and pulled, as Jorge Gutierrez (18 points, 8 assists), Harper Kamp (12 points, 7 rebounds) and Markhuri Sanders-Frison (15 points, 10 rebounds) led the way.

Despite a pressing strategy by Northridge to force turnovers, that also led to more fouls, and more foul trouble for CSN, and similarly more free throws for Cal. The Golden Bears shot 31 for 50; if they had been able to hit a few more they would’ve been able to create more distance between them and the Matadors.

Here’s some more insight from Kodiak of the California Golden Blogs (click through for the full recap).

Well, we said that this year’s offense would be a weird mix of sweet three’s and ugly hustle plays. Tonight was more of the ugly grit-it-out vintage. There isn’t much outside shooting to speak of. But, it’s a W. The pessimist Old Blue in me says that this reminds me of the game against Cal Poly with Leon Powe, Dominic McGuire, Ubaka, and Kately – we had superior athletes, but they actually knew how to play ball.

We continue to have struggles with dribble penetration and fighting through screens have let CSN light it up from the outside. It’s still concerning how we consistently let a guy or guys get hot from deep. I really like how even with our backups in, we don’t see any of the “pass the ball around the perimeter, then hoist it up at the end” offense. Guys have an idea of what they want to do. It doesn’t always work that way, but the ball movement and passing continue to improve.

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