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CBE Classic: Cal Basketball Routs Austin Peay 72-55

The California Golden Bears had no trouble dispatching the Austin Peay Governors 72-55 on Tuesday night in the second round of the CBE Classic. Cal rolled through the first half, taking advantage of horrid Austin Peay offense to take a 40-13 halftime lead. Cal forced Austin Peay to 5 of 29 shooting in the first half, and the Governors missed its first 13 three point shots. The Bears pretty much chilled from there, as they put it in cruise control in the second half.

Jorge Gutierrez led the Bears with 14 points, six rebounds, and three assists, Harper Kamp had 12 points and nine rebounds, freshman David Kravish impressed off the bench with 12 points of his own, and Brandon Smith had a solid 11 point performance. 

The true tests start next week for Cal in Kansas City, when they face Georgia next Monday night in the CBE Classic semifinals, and (depending on the result of both semifinal matchups) Notre Dame or Missouri. It's time to find out how far the Golden Bears can go against quality competition.

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