FINAL SCORE: Cal 95, Detroit 61. Next stop, Madison Square Garden. More later.
3:56 2nd H: This one’s just about over. Cal is up 85-59 and the regulars are resting. Robertson and Randle each finished with 22 points, combining to make 19-for-20 from the FT line. Christopher had 18 points. Despite giving up an inch or more at every starting position, the Bears are outrebounding Detroit 38-25. Bak Bak is in!
7:56 2nd H: The Bears are seemingly in control, ahead 72-53. Detroit has gotten no closer than 14 points after Cal’s 11-0 run. Randle has 20 points, Robertson 19 and Christopher 18 — that’s 57 points from the three seniors. And Cal’s other senior starter, forward Jamal Boykin, has 10 rebounds.
11:56 2nd H: Cal leads 61-44 thanks to an 11-0 run fueled by consecutive 3-pointers by Christopher, Robertson and Robertson again. Deadline looms for the print edition, so you may not hear from me much for a while.
17:07 2nd H: Detroit scored the first four points of the half, extending their run to 11-0 and pulling within 40-36. But Cal has scored eight straight, including six from the FT line, and now leads 48-36. Randle has 20 points and is 10-for-10 at the line. Detroit has missed four straight shots since battling back within four points.
HALFTIME: Cal leads 40-32, but isn’t happy about it. Bears were up 40-25 after a spike-tip by Christopher with 1:35 left, then allowed the Titans to score the final seven points of the half, thanks in part to back-to-back turnovers. Randle has 16 points, while Chase Simon has 15 for Detroit. Cal is shooting 40 percent, Detroit 37 percent. The Bears have a 23-16 edge on the boards.
3:15 1st H: Detroit trails 34-25 after 3-pointer by Kennedy, who has nine points on 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. The rest of his team is 0-for-7 from deep. The 6-foot-10 Holman, who sat for a few minutes after picking up his second foul, is back in the game for Detroit.
3:45 1st H: Cal pushed the lead to 27-14 before the Titans closed to 29-20 after a 3-pointer by Thomas Kennedy. The Bears were playing a zone with Max Zhang in the game. Max remains on the floor, along with Cal’s four regular starters. Randle had 14 points.
7:37 1st H: Randle came out for freshman Brandon Smith with 8:28 left. Cal leads 25-14. Detroit hasn’t made a field goal since 12:22, shooting 0-for-5 with three turnovers since. Titans are at 26.3 percent for the game, Cal has slipped to 36.8 percent. Christopher, who has been on the bench since 9:23, is coming back out of the timeout. So it’s Sanders-Frison, Amoke, Robertson, Christopher and Smith.
9:19 1st H: Detroit just called timeout, trying to halt a 9-0 run that has pushed the Bears into a 23-11 lead. Randle hit his second 3-pointer and has 12 points. Christopher, meanwhile, is 0-for-5. Detroit shooting 29.4 percent.
11:46 1st H: The Bears lead 16-11. Montgomery took Sanders-Frison out with 13:55 left and went small with Jorge Gutierrez in as a third guard. But he picked up two fouls in a span of four seconds and was back on the bench with 12:40 left. Nikola Knezevic is now in. Randle has seven points, including a 3-pointer. Cal is shooting 50 percent, Detroit 35.7 percent.
15:48 1st H: Cal jumped out to a 6-0 lead and is up 8-3 at the first timeout. Sanders-Frison is going right at Richmond native Eli Holman and has scored over him twice from the key. Detroit is shooting 1-for-7.
IN THE HOUSE: Among the notables at Haas Pavilion tonight _ Cal’s all-time career scoring leader, Sean Lampley.
RECORDS: Cal is 1-0 after a 75-70 win over Murray State on Monday. The Bears were 22-11 in 2008-09. Detroit, playing its season opener, was 7-23 last year.
STARTING LINEUPS: Cal will start Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher, Theo Robertson, Jamal Boykin and Markhuri Sanders-Frison. Detroit’s starting five is Xavier Keeling, Chase Simon, Lamar Lee, Thomas Kennedy and Eli Holman.
COACHES VS. CANCER SCORES: Syracuse, which will face the Bears at Madison Square Garden a week from Thursday, dusted Robert Morris 100-60, led by guard Andy Rautins, who shot 7-for-10 from 3-point range and scored 22 points. North Carolina leads NC Central 87-37 with under 2 minutes left.