Jan. 8, 2011
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Jorge Gutierrez scored a career-high 21 points, Markhuri Sanders-Frison had a double-double and California used aggressive rebounding to offset poor shooting in a 65-61 win over Arizona State on Saturday.
Cal (8-7, 1-2 Pac-10) grabbed 18 offensive rebounds and turned back several runs by Arizona State in the second half to avoid its first 0-3 Pac-10 start in 11 seasons.
Allen Crabbe had 17 points and Sanders-Frison finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Golden Bears. It was Sanders-Frison's fourth career double-double.
The 17 point total tied Crabbe's career high, and he also posted that same amount against Arizona on Thursday. Crabbe made four three-pointers against the Sun Devils, giving him seven for the weekend.Gutierrez nailed three treys of his own, and shot six-for-seven from the free throw line to finish with the new career high in scoring. Gutierrez's previous personal high was 20, which he earned against New Mexico on Nov. 20.
The Bears had four players reach double figures in scoring for the fourth consecutive game. Junior forward Harper Kamp finished with 10 points and nine rebounds, as the Mesa, Arizona, native was playing in front of numerous friends and family.
Cal enjoyed its largest lead of 15 with just over five minutes remaining in the half before ASU cut the deficit to eight at the half. The Sun Devils picked up right where they left off at the start of the second half, trimming the Cal lead to just one. The Bears never left ASU take the lead once in the game, although the game was tied once at the 12 minute mark in the second half.
With one minute left on the clock and Cal up by three, Gutierrez turned the ball over, giving the Sun Devils a chance to tie the game. ASU's Ty Abbott, who had made four treys earlier in the game, missed three of the four ASU attempts from behind the arc in the same possession until Cal finally grabbed a rebound, and the eventual victory.
The Sun Devils (8-7, 1-3) struggled for the second straight game without Pac-10 assists leader Jamelle McMillan, shooting 6 for 21 from 3-point range after hitting 1 of 14 against Stanford two days before.