BERKELEY – A balanced California scoring attack that included four Golden Bears in double figures guided Cal to an 83-61 exhibition victory over Humboldt State Thursday night at Haas Pavilion.
Freshman guard Jordan Mathews led the way with 15 points, including four three-pointers, while fellow freshman guard Jabari Bird poured in nine points of his own. Cal’s five newcomers combined for 33 points on the night, also highlighted by a six-rebound performance from center Kameron Rooks and five assists from guard Sam Singer.
Senior guard Justin Cobbs, who missed part of preseason training due to a right-foot injury, made an immediate presence by putting the Bears ahead by four points in the first minute of play. Cal maintained a slight lead eight minutes in before surging ahead by double-digit points at the 12-minute mark, 20-9.
Bird earned his first collegiate points with a pair of free throws followed by a three-pointer and a dunk off a fast break within a span of two minutes.
The Bears never let up, leading by as much as 24 points in the first half with a 45-21 score at the halftime buzzer.
The Bears pushed the lead to as much as 33 (82-49 with 4:30 to go in the second half) as Cobbs (13 points), senior forward Richard Solomon (11 points) and junior forward David Kravish (10 points) each notched double-digit point totals. Their play was highlighted by a pair of near double-doubles, as Solomon added nine rebounds to his total while Kravish tallied eight, bringing the team total to 57 rebounds.
Junior guard Allen Guei led Humboldt State with 15 points, eight assists and four points.
Cal opens its regular season next Friday, Nov. 8th in the nightcap of a doubleheader with Cal women’s basketball at home in Haas Pavilion. The men will host Coppin State at 9 p.m., while the Cal women will take on Long Beach State beginning at 6 p.m.