Nov. 11, 2011
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.