Cal Hosts SF State in Exhibition Tuesday
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Release:  11/05/2012

Nov. 5, 2012

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BERKELEY - The California men's basketball team will host San Francisco State in an exhibition contest at Haas Pavilion on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. For tickets to all Cal men's basketball games, click here. Admission for Cal students is free with a student ID.

With a strong cast returning that includes its leading scorer and rebounder and three starters overall from last season, Cal eyes its sixth-straight postseason berth in 2012-13.

The Bears, who have advanced to the postseason all four seasons under head coach Mike Montgomery, reached the NCAA Tournament last season for the third time in the past four years. Cal posted 24 victories and finished second in the Pac-12 Conference last season.

Montgomery begins his fifth season in Berkeley 15 victories shy of 650 wins in his stellar career that spans more than three decades. The Bears have finished in the top-four in the Pac-12 standings each of their first four years under Montgomery and have enjoyed the best four-year stretch - 88 overall victories and 47 conference wins - in more than 50 years.

A veteran squad, led by All-Pac-12 honorees Allen Crabbe, Justin Cobbs and David Kravish, looks to win its second conference title in the last four seasons this winter.

Crabbe, a first-team all-conference selection last season, returns to the lineup after leading the squad with 15.2 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per contest and 83 three-point field goals made a year ago. His three-point field goals total led the conference and was the second-most in a season in school history.

Joining Crabbe in the Bears' backcourt is Cobbs, who provided an immediate impact in his first season as a Golden Bear last winter. The 6-2 guard was a Pac-12 honorable mention selection after leading Cal and ranking third in the conference with 169 assists. Following a 2010-11 season where the Minnesota transfer redshirted due to NCAA transfer rules, Cobbs earned a starting role in the ninth game of the season. He averaged 12.6 points and 4.9 assists per contest. Cobbs also contributed from beyond the arc, shooting .413 and was a solid defender with 35 steals.

An all-conference player as a freshman, forward David Kravish looks to build on his standout first-year where he led the team with 41 blocks - the third-most by a freshman in school history - and averaged 6.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

A senior class of guard Brandon Smith and forwards Bak Bak and Robert Thurman will provide veteran leadership for the Bears. Smith is one of Cal's top guards with strong play around the perimeter, while Bak and Thurman are a big part of the Bears' post presence.

The Bears will benefit from the return of forward Richard Solomon, who missed the final 21 games last season after averaging 6.0 points and 6.2 rebounds through the first 13 contests.

Cal will welcome the addition of Missouri transfer Ricky Kreklow, who is expected to make his Golden Bear debut after sitting out last year due to NCAA transfer rules. A foot injury will keep him out of action early on, but Kreklow is expected to play an important role this season.

Also expected to contribute to the Bears' success this season is sophomore forward Christian Behrens and junior guard Jeff Powers.

A talented five-member freshman class arrives in Berkeley, providing strong depth to the Bears' lineup. Three of the top scholastic players from the Golden State last season - Bakersfield's Tyrone Wallace, Los Angeles' Kahlil Johnson and Del Mar's Garrett Galvin - will look to play an immediate role for the Bears. Colorado standout forward Kaileb Rodriguez and Carlsbad, Calif. 7-1 center Geoffrey Frid will add to the Bears' presence in the paint.

A veteran coaching staff that has been a part of the program each of the last four years will provide a lot of experience and leadership on the bench in 2012-13.

San Francisco State comes to Berkeley following a 93-77 defeat to San Francisco in its first exhibition game of the 2012-13 season last Saturday, Oct. 27 at War Memorial Gymnasium. Nefi Perdomo paced the Gators with 20 points and four assists while Robbie Herndon added 19 points in the loss. Paul Trevor is in his third season as the head coach of the Gators. Cal will welcome former Golden Bear Alex Pribble back to Haas Pavilion. Pribble is a member of Trevor's coaching staff at SF State.

Cal opens its 30-game regular season slate this Sunday, Nov. 11, against CSU Bakersfield at 7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. For the first time in school history, every regular-season contest will be televised, beginning with Sunday's contest on the Pac-12 Networks.