LAHAINA, Hawaii - California will meet Dayton in the third-place game of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. (PT) at the Lahaina Civic Center. The Golden Bears, playing their first game without injured starting forward Richard Solomon, suffered their first setback of the season in a 92-81 defeat to No. 7 Syracuse in the tournament’s semifinal round on Tuesday. The Bears’ last two losses have come to Syracuse, also dropping a 66-60 decision to the Orange in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Wednesday’s contest will be televised on ESPN2 with Sean McDonough (play-by-play) and Jay Bilas (analyst) on the call. The Cal/IMG radio network will broadcast the action on KSFO 560 AM in the Bay Area beginning at 4 p.m. (PT) with Todd McKim (play-by-play) and Jay John (analyst). Fans can listen to the game for free through the TuneIn app located on CalBears.com.
• Cal played Tuesday’s game against No. 7 Syracuse without senior forward Richard Solomon, who sustained a right corneal abrasion in Monday’s win over Arkansas. He has averaged a double-double in Cal’s first five games with 11.0 ppg. and 11.4 rpg., ranking among the nation’s leading rebounders. Solomon’s status for Wednesday’s contest against Dayton is undetermined.
• Mike Montgomery is the NCAA’s ninth winningest active Division I head men’s basketball coach with 662 career victories in 31 seasons of collegiate coaching. Montgomery is the fourth-winningest coach in Pac-12 history with 272 career conference victories.
• Cal is averaging 77.5 ppg., scoring more than 80 points three times, against No. 7 Syracuse (81), Arkansas (85) and Coppin State (83). The Bears scored more than 80 points just once last season.
• The Bears are averaging 41.5 rpg. and have out-rebounded their opponent each contest. Cal owns a +11.2 rebounding advantage (41.5 - 30.3). The Bears out-rebounded Arkansas by 16 (48-32) Monday.
• Senior Justin Cobbs has posted at least five assists in each game. The Pac-12’s active career assist leader has 367 for his career to rank ninth all-time at Cal. He ranks 13th nationally with a 6.7 apg. average.
CAL-DAYTON Cal and Dayton have met three times previously with the Flyers leading the all-time series, 2-1. Under head coach Pete Newell, Cal defeated Dayton, 60-55, in the Holiday Festival tournament, in New York City on Dec. 26, 1957. The Flyers have won the last two games, posting a 64-62 win on Dec. 22, 1973 and a 59-53 overtime win on Dec. 28, 1985. Both those wins occurred in Dayton, Ohio.
KRAVISH BREAKING OUT OFFENSIVELY Junior David Kravish has totaled 34 points in his first two games in the Maui Invitational, scoring a career-best 19 vs. Arkansas and 15 vs. Syracuse. He is averaging 11.8 ppg. this season, 3.9 more ppg. than last season’s average of 7.9 ppg. He scored more than 15 points just once last year (18 vs. UCLA).
BIRD OFF TO BEST START AS A GOLDEN BEAR SINCE 2006 Freshman Jabari Bird has scored in double figures in four of Cal’s six games, including 17 against Syracuse and 15 vs. Arkansas in the Maui Invitational. He leads Cal with a 14.3 ppg. average. Bird’s 86 points is the highest total by a freshman in his first six games at Cal since Ryan Anderson scored 118 in his first six contests in 2006. Bird has posted multiple three-pointers in four contests and is shooting .519 (14-of-27) from three-point range. The freshman played a career-long 36 minutes vs. Syracuse on Tuesday.
ROOKS SEES INCREASED ACTION With senior Richard Solomon unavailable on Tuesday vs. Syracuse, freshman C Kameron Rooks was called upon early and often for the Bears against the Orange. After playing 21 minutes in four games prior to Tuesday, Rooks played 12 minutes, collecting three rebounds and scoring five of his 11 points on the year vs. Syracuse.
MATHEWS EXCELS AGAINST ORANGE Freshman Jordan Mathews scored a career-high 12 points (12 of his 34 points on the year) in a career-long 22 minutes vs. Syracuse.
JUNIORS HAVE CAREER DAY AGAINST ARKANSAS David Kravish and Ricky Kreklow each had a career-high point total Monday vs. Arkansas. Kravish posted 19 points and added 15 rebounds and three blocks in the win, while Kreklow had 17 points in 25 minutes.
CAL'S HISTORY IN THE MAUI INVITATIONAL Cal owns a 3-2 all-time record in the Maui Invitational after splitting its first two games this year. The Bears also appeared in the tournament in 1996. In Ben Braun’s first game at Cal, it defeated No. 25 Iowa (75-59). The Bears later lost to No. 2 Kansas (85-67) and defeated No. 15 Massachusetts (59-55).
MONTGOMERY IN THE MAUI INVITATIONAL This is Mike Montgomery’s third trip to the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. He owns a 3-5 all-time record in the tournament, including a 1-1 mark this year. Both of his previous trips came as head coach of Stanford. Montgomery’s 1987 Stanford squad rebounded from an opening-game loss to Iowa (78-75) to post wins over Chaminade (93-82) and Baylor (69-56) in what was then called the Maui Classic. In 1992, Stanford lost all three games in the tournament, falling to LSU (72-63), DePaul (76-67) and Chaminade (71-63).