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The California Golden Bears are going to be hurting from this one. Cal couldn't stop Stanford for most of the game, and they couldn't make it back late to win the conference title.
Jorge Gutierrez struggled with foul trouble early (including picking up a technical foul), seemed to force the issue, and didn't play all that well, finishing with eight points on eight shots but also turned the ball over four times. Allen Crabbe led the Bears with 20 points, Harper Kamp put in 19 points and seven rebounds, and David Kravish contributed 13 points and eight boards.
Chasson Randle put in 17 points, five rebounds and four assists, Andrew Zimmerman put in 13 points, Aaron Bright added 12 and Anthony Brown put in 10 points. Nine Cardinal players scored and contributed in significant fashion, as Stanford shot 47% and held Cal to just under 41% shooting.
Other than the intense Cardinal defense, the killer for Cal was turnovers, as the Bears gave up at least 20 points on their 15 giveaways. Cal also got few contributions from their bench once again (four points compared to 27 for Stanford).
The California Golden Bears will head into their final regular-season game on Sunday with a potential No. 1 seed in the 2012 Pac-12 Tournament on the line. Cal will visit the Stanford Cardinal knowing that they can clinch the top spot in the tournament with a win.
If the Cardinal manage to pull of the upset and send the Bears packing, the Washington Huskies will clinch the No. 1 seed in next week's Pac-12 tournament. The Golden Bears would then enter as the No. 2 seed, followed by the Oregon Ducks at No. 3 and the Arizona Wildcats at No. 4.
There will be plenty of eyes on Sunday's game, but no one will be watching more intently than Bay Area fans.
Thanks to the Washington Huskies Saturday loss to UCLA, the California Golden Bears are playing for a share in the conference title and a No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 tournament on Sunday against Stanford.
With the Washington Huskies continuing to win and stay on top of the Pac-12, the California Golden Bears needed to beat the Colorado Buffaloes on Senior Day to keep pace. But they finally dropped one at the most crucial time, as they shot a pitiful 38% and were outrebounded 34-25 to fall into second place in the conference.
Jorge Gutierrez picked the worst time to have his worst performance of the season, shooting 0 for 7 (although he did grab nine rebounds). Allen Crabbe had 16 points (although he tapered off from his early shooting performance), Justin Cobbs added 15 points, and Harper Kamp put in 13 points. But Cal had trouble keeping Andre Roberson off the boards (15 in all), Nate Tomlinson had an excellent game with 11 points, four rebounds and four assists, and Austin Dufault and Spencer Dinwiddie put in 15 points.
Cal relied on Harper Kamp for most of the game, who had 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Jorge Gutierrez didn't have a good shooting night, but did finish with 12 points, four rebounds and five assists. David Kravish added 11 points, six rebounds, and four blocks. Cal shot 40% from the field and hit only 2 of 11 threes, missing six free throws. Utah was worse though, shooting 35% and turned the ball over 19 times compared to only nine assists.
With Washington idle, Cal temporarily moves to first place in the Pac-12 at 13-3 in the conference and 23-6 overall. Cal moves onto a crucial road contest for tournament seeding on Sunday in Colorado.
The California Golden Bears sent off Jorge Gutierrez and Harper Kamp on Senior Night, as all five starters stepped up and made big contributions throughout to beat the Oregon St. Beavers and stay on top of the Pac-12 standings in their final home game.
Gutierrez had another vintage performance, finishing with 17 points and eight rebounds in his final home game. Kamp chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. The rest of the starters helped out, as Allen Crabbe put in 16 points and eight rebounds, Justin Cobbs had a solid 10 points and 13 assists, and David Kravish equaled Gutierrez at the top of the scoring board with 17 points and 8 assists. Cal shot 50% from the field compared to 38.5% for OSU.
Ahmad Starks and Jared Cunningham, who helped torched Cal in their first meeting, finished with only 12 points on a combined 5-17 shooting. Roberto Nelson and Devon Collier led the way with 14 points each.
The California Golden Bears looked like they were in danger of dropping a game they had to have against the Oregon Ducks. Cal couldn’t stop Oregon for most of the game, and they were stuck in what looked like a potential spoiler loss for the Pac-12 tournament.
Cobbs scored 28 points, dished 8 assists and managed four steals with an ultra-efficient performance, shooting 13 of 19 from the field. Kamp managed 20 points and six rebounds, including the crucial and-one layup to put Cal on top with a minute left and added four clutch free throws. Gutierrez didn’t have a great game offensively, but helped lock down Oregon defensively in the final six minutes while playing with five fouls. David Kravish added 13 points and 8 boards.
The California Golden Bears are trying to stay in front of the Pac-12 basketball standings. After Cal's victory over USC on Thursday night and Oregon romped Washington, Cal regained a share of first place in the conference. And the Bears followed up their strong performance Thursday night with a big win over the UCLA Bruins on Saturday afternoon.
Justin Cobbs led the way on the scoring end with 18 points, Allen Crabbe added 14 points, Jorge Gutierrez put up 13 points, Harper Kamp added 10 points, and big men David Kravish put in 9 points while Robert Thurman added 7 points. Cal shot 52% while holding UCLA to 40% shooting
The California Golden Bears struggled for an entire half against the USC Trojans, particularly when Harper Kamp went to the bench early on with two fouls. The bottom-dwelling USC managed to stay within shooting range of Cal for most of the first half, only falling behind by six at halftime.
When Kamp got back on the court, Cal rolled.
Allen Crabbe put in 19 points on 8 of 12 shooting, Kamp added in 18 points, and David Kravish had an incredible 18 rebounds, most of them coming with Kamp in foul trouble. Cal exploded on a huge run after USC cut the lead to two and led in the 20s for most of the remainder of the game.
Maurice Jones had 17 points to lead USC and Byron Wesley chipped in 11, but the rest of the Trojans other than Jones were held to 13 of 49 shooting. With Washington's loss to Oregon, Cal moves back to first place in the Pac-12 and has a chance to sweep the LA schools for the first time in forever.
The California Golden Bears are going to have to play catch-up and hope the Washington Huskies stumble in the Pac-12 race if they plan on being conference champions once again. Beating up on hapless squads like Arizona State could go a long way to helping their cause.
Cal took an early double digit lead against the Sun Devils and were never seriously threatened in a 68-47 victory. The Bears scored the first 11 points and led by double digits nearly wire-to-wire. Allen Crabbe led Cal with 19 points before injuring his ankle (not believed to be serious), and Jorge Guteirrez chipped in 10, Justin Cobbs eight. The Bears led the Sun Devils by 30+ points for good portions of the second half.
Cal improved to 8-3 in the Pac-12 and 18-6 overall, trailing Washington by only a half-game in the conference standings.
The California Golden Bears have been the Pac-12 favorite for much of the first half of the season. Do they have the legs to keep up in the race the rest of the way? They'll be put to the test now after finally dropping one at home, and dropping out of first place in the conference.
The Arizona Wildcats used a huge charge in the first half to swing the game back in their favor, using their athleticism and strength to get easy baskets through most of the game. After falling down 22-9 to start the game, Arizona roared off a 36-13 run to take command, holding a double digit lead early through the second half. Cal eventually rallied back to tie things up with a few minutes left, but missed several opportunities to take the lead and player of the game Kyle Fogg hit the eventual game-winner for the Wildcats as they took the lead with over a minute left and never looked back.
Harper Kamp finished with 22 points and nine rebounds, Jorge Gutierrez added 18, and Allen Crabbe had 15. Fogg finished with 23 points and five three pointers, while Jesse Perry put in 18 points and Nick Johnson chipped in 11.
Allen Crabbe led the Bears with 18 points and seven rebounds, Jorge Gutierrez finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds, Harper Kamp had 15 points and six boards, and Justin Cobbs finished with 13 points. Cal played a close contest through most of the second half before the Bears finally put some distance between themselves.
But the Cal defense again was the big difference in this contest, holding Stanford to 38.5% shooting and 2-13 three point. Cal shot about 43%, but they outrebounded Stanford 38-30, moved the ball better (14 assists to nine), and just outexecuted Stanford down the stretch, particularly in their talented backcourt.
If the California Golden Bears had managed to hold on in Pullman against the Washington St. Cougars, they might have been in the driver's seat to win the Pac-12 at 7-1 in the conference. But halfway through the second half and Cal holding a decent lead, the Bears ran out of steam, and they couldn't stop Washington State down the stretch.
After being able to score at will for most of the first thirty minutes, Cal's offense stagnated and couldn't generate baskets for most of the final ten. The Bears had no answer for guys like Faisal Aden (24 points on 9 of 12 shooting), Brock Motum (15 points and 10 boards, while only taking seven shots), DaVonte Lacy (14 points, including the game-winning three down the stretch) and Abe Lodwick (12 points).
Cal got good performances by all their starters offensively. Jorge Gutierrez had 19, Justin Cobbs had 15 and Allen Crabbe had 14. But it was the defense that let Mike Montgomery down on Saturday night.
The California Golden Bears currently sit atop the Pac-12 standings and a road sweep of the Washington schools would be absolutely huge for the program. They already knocked off Washington on Thursday night and now shift their focus to the Washington St. Cougars, who defeated Stanford by 12 points earlier in the week.
WSU enters the game with a record of 10-8, including a 2-4 mark thus far in conference play. The Bears are 16-4 and have lost just one conference game, entering with a mark of 6-1.
The game will tipoff at 3:00 p.m. from Pullman. The game will not be televised on Saturday afternoon, which is odd, although fans can follow the action on the radio. NewsTalk 910AM will have the game live, with Roxy Bernstein and Todd McKim calling the action. You can also hear the game SiriusXM 113 and XM Satellite 193. Gametracker will also keep you up to date, which can be found on the official team website.
For continued coverage of the Bears, head on over to Cal Golden Blogs.
With the California Golden Bears playing on the road against the Washington Huskies a few days after losing Richard Solomon for the season due to academic ineligibility, it was clear they were going to need an unexpected Bear to step up and perform big time.
In came backup big man Robert Thurman, and the Bears got just what they need. Thurman had a season-high 16 points and seven rebounds, and it was enough to lead Cal to a 69-66 victory over UW. Cal led nearly wire-to-wire over Washington, and Thurman was the beneficiary of many passes from the Cal players who found the holes in the UW defense.
Allen Crabbe had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Justin Cobbs contributed 14 points, and Jorge Guteirrez added 9 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. With the Stanford loss to Washington State, Cal is now alone in first place in the Pac-12 heading to a crucial Saturday afternoon contest in Pullman against the Cougars.
One of the most crucial members of the California Golden Bears basketball team was big man Richard Solomon. Solomon was Cal's most athletic big man who could provide excellent rebounding on both sides of the court, could play solid post defense and make the Bears tough to score on inside.
That's going to be absent now.
Coach Montgomery in a statement, "Academics are a priority, we hope that Richard can get his grades right, & rejoin the team, next year."— John Breech (@johnbreech) January 18, 2012
The news deals a severe blow to Cal's hopes of winning a Pac-12 championship. Cal now has to rely on the experienced senior but smaller Harper Kamp to deal with opposing centers in the conference, and the skilled but undersized and youthful David Kravish to man their frontcourt. Cal doesn't really have much size to go up against teams like Washington, Stanford and UCLA, and will have to rely even heavier on Allen Crabbe, Jorge Gutierrez and Justin Cobbs to try and get the production they need.
To discuss Cal basketball, head to the California Golden Blogs.
The Utah Utes regressed to being a bad basketball team on Saturday night against the California Golden Bears. Utah scored 7 points in the first few minutes before managing eight the rest of the second half as they fell behind 32-15. Utah did manage 30 points in the second half but gave up 49 and 70% shooting as the Bears cruised to victory.
Jorge Gutierrez broke out of his Colorado shooting slump and knocked down seven of nine baskets for 15 points while also dishing six assists. Harper Kamp had his second straight solid performance with 14 points and six rebounds, and Justin Cobbs had a great double-double with 14 points and 11 assists.
Cal shot 60% from the field and had 24 assists to Utah's six while also having 10 turnovers to Utah's 18. Cal moves back into a tie for first place with Stanford in the Pac-12 as they prepare for another big road trip, this one against the Washington schools.
The California Golden Bears are usually a pretty good offensive team, but they were off on Thursday night at home against the Colorado Buffaloes. Cal's three top scorers all had off nights. Jorge Gutierrez shot 2 of 18 from the field, Allen Crabbe went 2 for 9, Justin Cobbs 3 for 9.
And yet they won. It wasn't easy, but Cal managed to take a narrow lead with a few minutes left in the second half and do just enough to win down the stretch. Harper Kamp had one of his strongest efforts of the season, putting up 14 points, eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block. He was the engine that could for Cal offensively, and it was enough to offset the struggles by the Golden Bear guards.
Cal shot 35% from the field, but their defense proved to be even better than Colorado's, holding the Buffs to 32% shooting and almost all the Colorado players. Cal improves to 4-1 in Pac-12 play, in a tie in first place with cross-Bay rivals Stanford.
The California Golden Bears looked like they were going to be in a dog fight with the Oregon Ducks when Cal had a narrow lead early in the second half. Cal was holding on thanks mainly to the efforts of Jorge Gutierrez, who was carrying the Bears for most of the first half and kept them ahead through most of the contest.
Then Allen Crabbe started raining threes, and it was all over.
Crabbe knocked down six three pointers, five in the second half (including four in a row in a few minutes), and Cal opened up a double digit lead and weren't seriously threatened by Oregon for the final ten minutes. Crabbe finished with a double-double on the night, going for 26 points and 12 rebounds on six of eight three point shooting. Gutierrez added 18 points, six rebounds and four assists, and Justin Cobbs added 15 points and six assists.
Cal shot 49% from the field and Oregon to 38% shooting, outrebounding Oregon by seven, and losing the ball four less times. Richard Solomon also made his presence felt with his rebounding ability and ten boards overall.
The California Golden Bears had relied on their defense to stop most of the teams they've faced. But they ran into a buzzsaw when they faced a desperate Oregon St. Beavers team, and Oregon State lit them up.
Oregon State and Cal were tied 38-38 going into the second half, only to see the Beavers explode for 54 second half points. Oregon State shot an incredible 63% from the field, 19 of 25 from the line, and 61% from behind the arc. The Beavers were led by Jared Cunningham with 24 points, who got to the free throw line at will (10 of 12) and shot six of eight from the field. Ahmad Starks added another 24 points, including five three pointers and shooting 8 of 14 from the field. Angus Brandt went five of eight for 14 points, Joe Burton five of seven for another 13.
Jorge Gutierrez led the Bears with 26 points on 10 of 19 shooting, Justin Cobbs had 18 points on eight of 12 shooting, Allen Crabbe had 16 points on five of 11 shooting, and David Kravish added ten. But it wasn't Cal's offense that was the problem Thursday night; it was the defense that fell apart.
The California Golden Bears had a really solid first half of play. Their offense was clicking on all cylinders, with crisp passing and great shooting, going over 60%; and their defense kept the UCLA Bruins well under 40% shooting. However they only led UCLA by one because they had trouble rebounding the basketball and turned over the ball on one too many occasions.
So what was Cal's response? Just play better. After shoring up the rebounding game and forcing more UCLA turnovers, the Bruins disintegrated and Cal cruised in the second half to an early double-digit lead and a routine Golden Bears victory. Cal now moves to 2-0 in-conference and has to be happy about holding home court on New Year's weekend.
Allen Crabbe had one of his best performances of the season, putting up 20 points, six assists and five rebounds. Jorge Gutierrez added 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. Justin Cobbs chipped in 13 points and eight assists, David Kravish had 13 points, Harper Kamp 10, and Robert Thurman had a surprising 11 off the bench. It was a strong performance for the Bears, who now get ready for what could be a tough road trip without Richard Solomon.
The California Golden Bears looked in control for most of their contest with the USC Trojans. USC's offense was unproductive and couldn't find any scoring room after scoring an early eight points in the opening minutes on easy baskets, finishing with only 19 first half points. Cal worked their way behind Jorge Gutierrez and Harper Kamp, both of whom helped put the Bears up by double-digits for most of the game.
But then USC rallied, and their always impressive defense started locking down the Cal offense. The Bears played very disappointing basketball down the stretch, and the Trojans managed to bring it back down to a one-point game with a few seconds left. But with USC about to get the basketball back trailing by only one with seconds left, Allen Crabbe (who had a quiet night) was fouled on a three point shot as the shot clock was about to expire. Crabbe nailed all three shots to ice the victory.
Gutierrez led the Bears with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Kamp and Crabbe both finished with 12 points each. Cal will probably need a much better effort if they plan on beating UCLA on New Year's Eve.
The California Golden Bears are one of the many favorites in the crowd to win the Pac-12. They'll try to show how good they are when they take on the USC Trojans. Cal and USC pits together two of the best defenses in the conference; however, USC has a far bigger problem putting points on the board, while the Bears remain one of the most efficient offensive teams in the conference.
Cal might or might not be without big man Richard Solomon, so the Bears will be stretched depth-wise with regards to their big men, as they'll have to rely on David Kravish and Harper Kamp in all likelihood to try and handle a physical beast like Dewayne Dedemon. Although the Bears have struggled in the past trying to deal with the speedy Maurice Jones, Cal should have a superior advantage on the perimeter with Jorge Gutierrez, Justin Cobbs and Allen Crabbe.
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