Cal to Host Spartans in First of Four Games at Haas
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Release:  12/05/2011

Dec. 5, 2011

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Game #9
California (6-2) vs. San Jose State (3-5)
Haas Pavilion | Berkeley, Calif.
Wednesday, Dec. 7 - 7:30 p.m. PT
Series Record: Cal leads, 18-3
Last Meeting: Cal 70, SJSU 52 (Nov. 30, 2005 | Berkeley, Calif.)
Radio: KNEW 910AM (Roxy Bernstein and Todd McKim)
TV/Web: All-Access
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BERKELEY - The Golden Bears return home to host four straight games at Haas Pavilion after suffering just their second loss of the season; a 64-63 defeat at the hands of San Diego State, on the road.

Cal is eager to get back into the national rankings after falling out, following its loss to the Aztecs, and will have the opportunity to regain its footing with four of its final five non-conference games, at home.

The Bears will host San Jose State, on Wednesday evening, for the 19th time in program history. Cal owns a dominating 17-1 record against the Spartans in games played at home. The Bears are also 25-3 under head coach Mike Montgomery in non-conference home games, including a 5-0 mark, this year.

Sophomore F Allen Crabbe has regained his touch and leads the squad with a 15.4 ppg average. He ranks eighth in the Pac-12 and has made waves, nationally, with the 24th-best three-point field-goal shooting percentage. Crabbe is also 30th, in the country, with 3.0 three-point baskets per game.

In its loss to San Diego State, the Bears were outrebounded for the first time, this season, but Cal's plus-8.4 rebound margin ranks second in the conference thanks to Crabbe's 6.0 rpg, and senior F Harper Kamp's 5.8 rpg. The Bears will need solid contributions from a bench that has averaged 19.5 ppg, this year, to open up another winning streak as it heads into Pac-12 play.

Senior G Jorge Gutierrez has been one of Cal's most consistent forces, on the floor, with 13.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, and 25 assists. Sophomore G Justin Cobbs has come alive to average 11.8 ppg (third on the team) and leads the Bears with 34 assists. His 4.3 assists per game rank fourth in the Pac-12.

With just five games before the start of the Pac-12 season, the Bears will look to buckle down and generate some momentum starting with a win over the Spartans.

SAN DIEGO STATE GAME RECAP: The Aztecs handed the Golden Bears their second loss of the season in a close game in which neither team held a double-digit lead. An 8-0 run over the final two minutes of the first half gave San Diego State the largest lead of the game, 33-25. Cal picked things up in the second half when it shot 45.5 percent and kept the game within four points for the final 15 minutes. Sophomore G Allen Crabbe hit a three-pointer with four seconds left, but the Bears fell just one point short of completing the second-half comeback. Crabbe led the way with 24 points--the fourth time this season he has gone over the 20-point mark--and nine rebounds in a season-high 38 minutes. Sophomore G Justin Cobbs had 17 points and five assists. Freshman F David Kravish was perfect from the field (4-of-4) for 8 points and chipped in two blocks. Senior F Harper Kamp had seven rebounds to go with six points and three assists. The Bears were outrebounded for the first time this season, 37-35. For SDSU, Chase Tapley had a game-high 25 points, including the final two free throws that secured the Aztec victory. Xavier Thames had seven assists and nine points and Garrett Green had 10 rebounds and six points.