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FINAL SCORE: Cal 78, EWU 67. Christian Behrens (20 points) and Sam Singer (15) each scored career highs and the Bears (10-1) equaled their best start since 1960 in front of an announced crowd of 6,758 fans. Cal won its seventh straight game and equaled its best start since Pete Newell’s 1959-60 team that started 28-1 before losing to Ohio State in the national championship game. Tyrone Wallace contributed 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Bears, who held off a second-half charge from the Eagles (8-4), who early this season ended Indiana’s 43-game home nonconference win streak.
The Bears return to action Monday at home against No. 5 Wisconsin.
Tyler Harvey finished with 31 points – including 6 for 9 from 3-point range — and Venky Jois scored 23 for the Eagles.
7:28 2nd H: Cal 56, EWU 49. Wallace’s third 3-pointer of the half — he has 20 points — gives Cal a bit of a cushion. Cal still shooting 58 percent. When the Bears don’t turn it over, they have been very efficient. Singer has 12 points — a career-high by four.
11:50 2nd H: Cal 46, EWU 44. The Eagles continue fight back. They pulled within 42-40 when Harvey nailed a 25-foot 3-pointer with 14:28 left, capping a 14-3 surge. He has 17 points and Jois has 18 for the Eagles; their teammates have combined for nine on 1 for 13 shooting. Kravish returning to the floor after the timeout.
16:02 2nd H: Cal 42, EWU 35. Kravish picked up his third PF with 19:04 left and immediately EWU’s Venky Jois attacked the basket, scoring to trigger a 9-0 run that got the visitors within 39-35. But Wallace just answered with a 3-pointer and Cal’s lead is back to seven points.
HALFTIME: Cal 37, Eastern Washington 26. The Bears outscored the Eagles 23-5 over the final 8:17 of the half, including a 16-0 run that spanned 6 minutes. Tyrone Wallace has 11 points and 9 rebounds at the half and Cal is shooting 58.3 percent from the field. Bears with a 20-12 rebounding edge. Sam Singer gave the Bears a lift with 4 for 4 shooting, especially big considering Jordan Mathews played just 5 minutes due to early fouls. Christian Behrens, after some shaky moments early, had six points and a nice pass to set up a basket.
EWU, which looked so sharp early, became susceptible to Cal’s defensive pressure and coughed up four turnovers in a span of five possessions, allowing the Bears to get some easy baskets and some offensive confidence. The Eagles shot 30.8 percent in the half and only two players — Venky Jois and Tyler Harvey — managed a field goal. The others were a combined 0 for 9. Eastern Wash has zero assists.