BERKELEY (AP) - A shake-up in the lineup produced California's most balanced offensive effort of the season and its highest scoring output in more than two years.
It also helped head coach Mike Montgomery reach a personal milestone while tying a mark set previously by one of the greatest names in the history of the game.
David Kravish had 16 points and eight rebounds, one of six Cal players in double figures, and the Bears beat Nevada 92-84 on Tuesday night.
"That's the depth of this team," said Cal point guard Justin Cobbs, who added 15 points and eight assists. "We have lot of guys that can put the ball in the hole. That makes us so much more dangerous."
Four days after shooting a season-low 36 percent in a seven-point loss to UC Santa Barbara, the Bears bounced back with their highest point total since scoring 105 against Arizona on Feb. 5, 2011.
Freshman Jordan Mathews added 13 points in his first start of the season for the Bears while helping Montgomery tie legendary coach John Wooden for career victories (664).
"The number of wins doesn't mean much to anybody but when they say that's John Wooden, all of a sudden everybody perks up," Montgomery said. "I have a little work to do. I'm 10 national championships short (of Wooden). There's nothing to compare other than the fact that I've got the same number of wins. That's the only comparison there is."
Justin Cobbs scored 15 points with eight assists for the Bears (7-3) in the first meeting between the two schools since 2008. Jabari Bird added 16 points.
Deonte Burton had 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Nevada (4-6).
"Both teams shot the ball very well," Wolfpack coach David Carter said. "But they got more stops than we did. I thought we competed well but not on the defensive end."
Montgomery juggled his lineup after the 72-65 loss to Santa Barbara, saying he wanted to shake things up.
Mathews had 11 points in the first half to help Cal overcome a sluggish start while usual starters Bird and Tyrone Wallace combined for 30 points off the bench.
"We want to keep guys motivated," Montgomery said. "We don't want guys to get stale (or) take things for granted. There was no real rhyme or reason to it."
The Bears needed it to hold off a pesky Wolfpack team sparked by another stellar effort from Burton. The Nevada senior, who has never missed a start in three-plus years at the school, was 9-for-18 from the floor and finished five points shy of his career high.
Wallace and Richard Solomon scored 14 points apiece for the Bears.
Nevada made eight of its first 10 shots and led 17-10 early in the first half. Jerry Evans Jr. had six points to get the Wolfpack going while Burton had a pair of assists and a layup.
Burton added a driving layup and a thunderous one-handed dunk midway through the half but Nevada couldn't sustain the pace.
Wallace made three 3-pointers over the final 13 minutes, Mathews added 11 points and Solomon made a pair of free throws with 59.5 seconds remaining to help Cal take a 49-40 halftime lead.
Kravish scored eight straight points for the Bears to extend the lead to 61-49 before Burton nearly brought the Wolfpack back.
The nation's 11th-leading scorer at the beginning of the month, Burton scored 12 of Nevada's 17 points over a span of eight minutes to trim the gap to 69-64.
Bird, held to four points in the first half, responded with a layup and 3-pointer, Kravish blocked a shot by Cole Huff and the Bears held on to remain unbeaten in six games at Haas Pavilion this season.
"We know we have the talent," Cobbs said. "We have a lot of young guys playing a lot of minutes. When those guys get more comfortable I think we'll be a great team come January, February."
Cal returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 14, as the Bears play host to Fresno State at 3 p.m. (PT) at Haas Pavilion.