Golden Bears Eat Up Danish in First Matchup
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  08/20/2011

Aug. 20, 2011

GENTOFTE, DENMARK - On the third leg of its European tour, the California men's basketball team played in its fourth game and earned an 81-73 victory over the Danish National Team on Sat., Aug. 20, at Kildeskovshallen, Adolphvej 25. The Golden Bears are 3-1 on their trip through the old world and will conclude with a rematch against the Danes on Sunday, Aug. 21, at 1 p.m. (4 a.m. PT) before the team returns to the Bay Area.

Cal opened up with junior forward Robert Thurman and senior forward Harper Kamp, up front, with sophomore guard Allen Crabbe, junior guard Brandon Smith, and senior guard Jorge Gutierrezin the back court. The quintet pushed the Bears out to a 21-11 lead over the Danish in the first quarter.

Thurman was relentless as he dismantled the interior defense of the Danish team for a game-high 21 points. Gutierrez dropped 13 more, but the Bears got solid contributions from the bench, as well.

Sophomore guard Justin Cobbs had 10 points, and freshmen forwards David Kravish and Christian Behrensalso put up 10 points apiece as they powered the Bears to today's victory with the bulk of the fourth-quarter minutes. Behrens added four offensive rebounds to his final line; all from the second half. Smith tallied nine points and Crabbe dropped six on Denmark.

The Danish stayed close and cut Cal's first-quarter lead to just five points at the half with the Bears up, 43-38.

Kravish replaced Kamp in the lineup as the second half got under way, and helped the Bears stay on top for a 59-52 lead after three quarters. Cal continued to cruise and finished off with an 81-73 win.

All times local, approximate, and subject to change without notice

Friday, Aug. 12
08:30 a.m. - Depart from San Francisco International Airport
05:30 a.m. - Arrive at New York Kennedy International Airport

Saturday, Aug. 13
09:35 a.m. - Arrive in Sweden at Stockholm Arlanda Airport
All day - Explore Stockholm, Sweden

Sunday, Aug. 14
10:00 a.m. - Sightseeing tour of Vasamuseet
05:00 p.m. - Game #1: California vs. Solna Vikings (Solnahallen Ankdammsgatan 46)
     Cal def. Solna, 89-71

Monday, Aug. 15
All day - Explore Stockholm, Sweden
07:00 p.m. - Game #2: California vs. Uppsala Basket (Fyrishov Idrottsgatan 2)
     Cal def. Uppsala, 76-74

Tuesday, Aug. 16
10:00 a.m. - Depart by bus for Oslo, Norway (7 hours)
All day - Explore Oslo, Norway

Wednesday, Aug. 17
10:00 a.m. - Sightseeing tour of Oslo, Norway (including Vigeland Park, Holmenkollen Ski Jump, etc.)
07:00 p.m. - Game #3: California vs. Norwegian National Team (Rykkinnhallen Leirdueveien 73)
     Norway def. Cal, 69-64

Thursday, Aug. 18
12:00 p.m. - Sightseeing tour of Akershus Fortress and Norwegian Resistance Museum
05:00 p.m. - Board DFDS (Det Forenede Dampskibs-Selskab) Ferry for Copenhagen, Denmark

Friday, Aug. 19
09:30 a.m. - Arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark
10:00 a.m. - Sightseeing tour of Copenhagen (including Nyhavn, Little Mermaid, etc.)
07:30 p.m. - Visit the Tivoli Amusement Park

Saturday, Aug. 20
All day - Explore Copenhagen, Denmark
05:00 p.m. - Game #4: California vs. Danish National Team (Kildeskovshallen, Adolphvej 25, Gentofte)
     Cal def. Denmark, 81-73

Sunday, Aug. 21
01:00 p.m. - Game #5: California vs. Danish National Team (Kildeskovshallen, Adolphvej 25, Gentofte)

Monday, Aug. 22
02:00 p.m. - Depart Copenhagen Airport
05:00 p.m. - Arrive at New York Kennedy International Airport
11:00 p.m. - Arrive at San Francisco International Airport