Nov. 10, 2010
BERKELEY - The California men's basketball team took to the hardwood for the first time in the 2010-2011 season, and the Golden Bears soundly defeated Sonoma State, 106-76, in an exhibition game Wednesday night at Haas Pavilion.
Freshman guard Allen Crabbe paced Cal with 22 points, shooting 6-for-7 from the field, including 4-for-4 from behind the arc and 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Crabbe also posted three rebounds and an assist for the game.
"Allen is very capable," head coach Mike Montgomery said. "He had a nice tip-in that was a very good athletic move. He can shoot the ball, there is no question. I think in his mind, he thinks he should never miss, and he's not going to miss a lot of free throws because he is a very good free throw shooter. Allen needs to be reminded to play hard because he can be pretty smooth sometimes but if you get on him, he'll pick it up. I thought he played pretty well."
After losing four starters to graduation, Cal started a lineup that included two true freshmen in Crabbe and guard Gary Franklin. Crabbe, Franklin and freshman guard Alex Rossi were all good from long range in their first field goal attempts as Bears. Combined, the five freshmen totaled 58 of Cal's 106 points, in addition to 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block.
Junior guard Jorge Gutierrez also had a strong showing on the evening for the Bears, posting 11 points, six assists and three rebounds. The game marked the first time since the 2008-2009 season that junior forward Harper Kamp was on the court after missing last season recovering from knee surgery. He finished the game with ten points, seven rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes of action.
This was Gutierrez's first time playing the point with the departure of Jerome Randle from last season.
"It was alright," Montgomery said of how Gutierrez played at the point. "He had six assists in the first half with no turnovers. I thought he made some passes that were more difficult than they needed to be. He got to the basket well."
Cal won the battle on the boards, finishing with a 45-27 advantage, including a 17-9 advantage on the offensive end. They also held Sonoma State to 40.0 percent (24-60) shooting, while finishing with 51.4 percent (37-72) themselves.
Sonoma State played the Bears tough early with high energy, utilizing a full-court press. The Bears only held a slight lead at the half, 52-44.
Cal came out firing and tightened up its defense early in the second half, going on a 9-0 run over the first three minutes to widen its lead, 63-44. The Bears gradually extended to the 30-point advantage they had at the buzzer.
Cal opens the regular season Tuesday, Nov.16, against Cal State Northridge at Haas Pavilion at 7:30 pm.