Cal is holding Creighton to 39 percent floor shooting, but All-American Doug McDermott has been strikingly efficient, scoring 18 first-half points on 6-8 floor shooting and 4-4 from the free throw line.
Point guard Justin Cobbs erupted for a scoring flurry late in the half and leads the Bears with eight at the intermission.
The Bears also had some foul trouble amongst their big men in the first half. David Kravish and Richard Solomon each picked up two fouls and had to go to the bench prematurely.
One unforeseen and positive development for the Bears -- guard Ricky Kreklow returned to the court in the first half after missing five games with a foot injury. Kreklow was active and knocked down a 3-pointer but also picked up three fouls in nine minutes.