Aug. 15, 2011
UPPSALA, SWEDEN - The California men's basketball team remained undefeated on its European tour after the Golden Bears pulled off a thrilling 76-74 victory over Uppsala Basket at Fyrishov Idrottsgatan 2. Both teams played a fast-paced game and traded leads throughout, but Cal prevailed on the backs of sophomore forward Richard Solomon, who had a team-high 18 points, and 17 points each from junior guard Brandon Smith and sophomore guard Allen Crabbe. Crabbe also got it done on the boards where he collected a team-high 13 rebounds.
Junior forward Robert Thurman had another solid outing with seven rebounds. Cal broke away, briefly, in the first quarter when Smith hit two straight three-pointers to create a 12-8 lead. Smith led the team with nine with Solomon in tow with eight points. Both Crabbe and freshman David Kravishpulled down three rebounds apiece to help the Bears stay on top, 23-20, at the end of the quarter.
Uppsala picked up the pace in the second quarter to take a lead on several occasions, but the Bears maintained their game to come up with a 41-39 lead at the half. Thurman provided a lift with six points and three rebounds while freshman guard Alex Rossitossed in a three-pointer of his own.
The Bears traded barbs with Uppsala through the third quarter, and found themselves down, 56-54 with just under two minutes to go. Under duress, Cal came back to earn a 60-all tie at the end of the third on a three-point play. After three, Crabbe led the team with 15 points with Solomon just a shade back with 13, and Smith with 12. Axel Nordstrom of Uppsala led all scorers with 22 points through three.
Cal trailed by as many as three points in the fourth quarter, but a pair of free throws by Smith helped the Bears begin to pull away. A steal and a breakaway dunk by Crabbe pushed Cal's lead to five, 75-70, with two minutes left in the game. Uppsala would not be denied, however, as it came within two points at 76-74, and had the final shot of the game. A three-point attempt came up short, as the Bears preserved a 76-74 victory.
After a night's rest, the Bears will head to Oslo, Norway, where they will take on the Norwegian National Team in a 7 p.m. (10 a.m. PT) game on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Rykkinnhallen Leirdueveien 73.
2011 CALIFORNIA MEN'S BASKETBALL EUROPEAN TOUR ITINERARY
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)
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