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.