Golden Bears Vanquish Solna Vikings, 89-71
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  08/15/2011

Aug. 14, 2011

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - The California men's basketball team defeated the Solna Vikings, 89-71, in the first of five scheduled games on a European tour that will go through Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Sophomore guard Allen Crabbeled the way with 25 points and added four assists to his final line.

Crabbe was one of just three starters to reach double digits in points. Junior forward Robert Thurman had a big outing with 14 points and eight boards and sophomore guard Justin Cobbs put in 12 points to go with six assists. The other starters were sophomore forward Richard Solomon, who had nine points and four rebounds, and junior guard Brandon Smith, who claimed eight points and dished out six assists.

Freshman forward David Kravish came off the bench to post six points and five rebounds in his first action with the Bears. Senior forward Harper Kamp, freshman guard Alex Rossi, and freshman forward Christian Behrensalso saw action in today's game.

Cal came out with a balanced attack as seven different players scored in the first quarter, led by Crabbe and Kravish. After the first stanza, the Bears led the Vikings, 24-13.

Thurman had four points and sophomore guard Emerson Murrayhit a big three-pointer as Cal broke open an 18-point advantage, 48-30, to head into the break. But Solna outscored the Bears by five to get within 13 by the end of the third quarter, 68-55.

Cal earned the five points back and held the Vikings at bay to pull away for an impressive 18-point win, 89-71.

The Bears are back in action in a 7 p.m. (10 a.m. PT) game against Uppsala Basket, in Stockholm. A live stream is available, courtesy of Uppsala. mms://

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)

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)

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 (Farum Arena Stavnsholtvej 41)

Sunday, Aug. 21
01:00 p.m. - Game #5: California vs. Danish National Team (Farum Arena Stavnsholtvej 41)

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