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Postgame Notes: California-UC Irvine
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  11/11/2011

Nov. 11, 2011

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• Cal is now 4-0 in season openers under head coach Mike Montgomery. In the 2008-09 opener, the Bears topped Pacific, 68-56. The following year, then-13th ranked Cal beat Murray State, 75-70, and in last season's opener, Cal bested Cal State Northridge, 80-63.

• The Bears are now 5-2 all-time against the Anteaters. Prior to Friday night's tilt, the last time Cal and UC Irvine met was in the 2003-04 season when the Bears were victorious, 65-57. The home team has won every game in this series.

• Since the 1999-00 season, when Haas Pavilion reopened after renovation, Cal is 12-1 in home season openers.

Allen Crabbe got off to a roaring start in the first five minutes of the season with eight points, nailing both of his three-point attempts. He would end the night as the Bears' leading scorer with 24 points, good for the seventh 20-point outing of his career. Crabbe connected on four of his 10 three-point attempts (10-19 overall from the field) and also garnered a steal.

Jorge Gutierrez notched 2 steals and is now 18 shy of Cal's all-time top-10 list in that category. On the offensive side of the ball, Gutierrez finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Gutierrez's team-high seven assists helped give the Bears 21 for the night. The last time Cal secured 20 or more assists was against Arizona (23) on Feb. 5, 2011.

• Along with Crabbe and Gutierrez, Harper Kamp also finished in double figures in scoring with 10 points.

• In the first 13 minutes of the first half, Cal was good on four of its first five three-point attempts - Crabbe (2), Jorge Gutierrez and Justin Cobbs - and overall made 12 of 19 shots from the field from seven different scorers. At halftime, the Bears swished five of their nine attempts from three-point range.

• Making his Cal debut, Justin Cobbs, who joined the Bears after transferring from Minnesota, scored four points with four assists and a steal in his Cal debut.

• Another newcomer making his Cal debut, true freshman David Kravish scored his first basket early in the second half. In addition, he finished the night with seven rebounds and a block in just 15 minutes of play.

• After setting the school record for free throws made and attempted in 2010-11, in the 2011-12 season opener, Cal went 13-for-19 from the charity stripe.

• The 47 rebounds in the game for Cal topped last season's high of 44 rebounds, which the Bears attained on two occasions. Four players - Gutierrez (9), Solomon (8), Kamp (8), and Kravish (7) - all had at least seven rebounds. The Bears outrebounded the Anteaters by a margin of 19.


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