LAHAINA, Hawaii - Senior Justin Cobbs scored a career-high 31 points, but it wasn't enough as the Golden Bears' early second-hald rally fell short in an 82-64 defeat to Dayton in the third-place game of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center on Wednesday.
The Bears (5-2) placed fourth in the eight-team tournament, defeating Arkansas and falling to No. 7 Syracuse in its other two games in Maui this week.
With 12 points and 14 rebounds, junior David Kravish posted his second double-double of the tournament. He had a career-high 19 points and 15 rebounds in the Bears' first game of the week against Arkansas.
Devin Oliver had 21 points to lead Dayton in the victory. Oliver started a key 12-point run five minutes into the second half with a tip-in and a 3-pointer, then had a steal and drive that ended in a spinning layup. Less than a minute later, six-foot freshman Kyle Davis drove in from the top of the key in traffic for a two-handed dunk to give Dayton a 52-39 lead with less than 12 minutes left.
The run muted a one-man attack by Cobbs, who scored 16-straight points for Cal, including the Bears' first 12 points of the second half.
The win gave Dayton (6-1) its second big win this week and third place in the tournament. It beat No. 11 Gonzaga on Monday and lost by 1 to No. 18 Baylor on Tuesday.
The Flyers shot just under 52 percent in the second half after making less than half their shots in the first.
Dayton got off to a big lead midway through the first half with a 15-0 run, led by two Vee Sanford threes and another from Sibert.
The streak was interrupted when Dayton's Kendall Pollard got a technical with just over seven minutes left for throwing an elbow to Jabari Bird's face. Pollard wasn't ejected, but Bird hit both his free throws and Dayton coach Archie Miller benched him the rest of the half.
The Golden Bears shot just under 41 percent and made less than one-third of their shots in the first half.
Cobbs was feeling comfortable at the start of the second half, pulling up for jumpers with crossover dribbles, calling for the ball and shooting at will. His buckets drew chants of "give it to Cobbs" from the small crowd as the Golden Bears tried to get the game closer.
Cal returns home where the Bears will face UC Irvine on Monday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. (PT).