Cal-USC Postgame Notes

Cal-USC Postgame Notes
By Cal Athletics on Sun, February 23, 2014

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  • Tonight’s game served as the annual Pete Newell Classic, honoring Cal’s Hall of Fame coach who guided the Bears to the 1959 NCAA Championship. Earl Shultz, a member of Newell’s team, received the Pete Newell Career Achievement award during a halftime ceremony.
  • With the win, Cal coach Mike Montgomery moved within one victory of Denny Crum on the NCAA’s all-time list. Montgomery (27th) has 674 wins, while Crum (26th) finished his career with 675.
  • Cal registered 8 blocks in the first half and finished with a season-high-tying 9 against the Trojans. The Bears also had 9 blocks vs. Dayton in November.
  • Cal put together three runs of 11-0 – one in the first half and two more in the second. The last spurt moved the Bears from a 56-53 deficit to a 64-56 advantage.


Senior Guard Justin Cobbs

  • With 22 points (8-10 FG, 1-1 3P, 5-5 FT), increased his career total to 1,354, moving past Jackie Ridgle (1,343, 1969-71) into 16th place on Cal’s all-time list. Next up is No. 15 Roy Fisher, who tallied 1,382 points form 1988-91.
  • His 22 points marked his eighth 20-point game of the season and third in his last five games.
  • Dished out 7 assists to move within 2 of Jason Kidd, who dished out 494 assists from 1993-94. Cobbs ranks fifth behind Kidd on the school’s all-time assist list with 492.

Senior forward Richard Solomon

  • Moved into Cal’s career top-10 list in rebounding. Now with 702 boards after getting 6 vs. USC, he ranks 10th in school history, just behind Darrall Imhoff, who grabbed 712 caroms from 1958-60.

Junior guard Rickey Kreklow

  • Scored 12 points, his third double-digit scoring game of the year and first since scoring 11 points vs. Fresno State on Dec. 14.

Junior forward David Kravish

  • Matched his career high with 5 blocks, 4 of which came in the first half. He also had 5 earlier this year vs. Dayton and against Colorado last season.
  • Grabbed 10 rebounds, the ninth time this season he’s reached double figures.

Freshman guard Jabari Bird

  • Finished with 10 points and 2 steals in 21 minutes, his second straight game in double figures after totaling 11 vs. UCLA last Wednesday.


  • Justin Cobbs and Jordan Mathews both raised their impressive three-point shooting percentages in Pac-12 play. Cobbs was 1-for-1 and is now 12-for-29 (41.4%) in conference action, while Mathews was 1-for-1 and is 19-for-41 (46.3%) in Pac-12 games.


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