Basketball: Princeton game thread

POSTGAME UPDATE: Montgomery said Sanders-Frison is unlikely to be ready to play Wednesday at New Mexico. Gutierrez, who played just seven minutes, should be OK. Theo Robertson is making progress, but the Bears won’t rush his return from a foot injury. No timetable still on Harper Kamp, who is yet to play this season after offseason knee surgery.

FINAL SCORE: Cal 81, Princeton 60. The Bears improve to 4-2. Zhang had seven points and five rebounds and D.J. Seeley scored a career-high seven points off the bench. The Bears’ next game is Wednesday night at New Mexico (6-0).

3:49 2nd H: Cal leads 71-50. Randle (22 points, 9 assists) and Boykin (22 points, 7 rebounds) both are on the bench. The Bears are shooting 53.7 percent, Princeton 41.3 percent.

8:15 2nd H: Christopher, saddled by foul trouble and 0-for-6 from the field, just connected on a 3-pointer and Cal has its biggest lead, 66-45. Randle and Boykin each have 22. Amoke has eight rebounds off the bench, giving him in 31 in his past three games.

11:20 2nd H: Boykin has matched his career-high of 22 points and Cal leads 57-40. Randle has 20 and six assists. Patrick Saunders has 14 points, including three 3-pointers, for the Tigers.

15:35 2nd H: Cal’s lead reached 20 points and now stands at 48-29 after a looooong 3-pointer by Randle, who has 20 points and five assists. Boykin has 18 points, a season-high.

HALFTIME: Cal 39, Princeton 25.  Randle is controlling the game — he has 15 points and four assists. Boykin is shooting 7-for-10 and has 14 points to go with five rebounds. Cal is shooting 56.7 percent, Princeton 42.9, after a wretched start. The Tigers have 10 turnovers. Serra HS product Dan Mavraides has five points for Princeton and De La Salle HS grad Marcus Schroeder is scoreless. 

3:00 1st H: The Bears are up 33-21. Princeton is kind of hanging around, but there’s no sense the Tigers are a threat. Still don’t have a backdoor backet against the Cal defense. Randle with 13 and Boykin with 12 to lead Cal. Christopher hasn’t gotten into the flow as a scorer — zero points on 0-for-2 — but has a couple assists.

7:37 1st H: Cal’s lead is 27-13. Randle has 13 points. Princeton is shooting 3-for-5 from 3-point, and 1-for-8 from inside the arc. The
Bears are accomplishing much of this with just one starter — Randle — on the floor. Christopher has not returned since picking up his second foul, and Gutierrez will join him now after getting No. 2. But PC is returning, along with Boykin. Randle taking a seat in favor of freshman Brandon Smith.

9:11 1st H: Cal leads 22-7. Princeton just got its first tow-point field goal — with 10:23 left in the half. The Tigers are shooting 2-for-11 and have five turnovers. Cal has not allowed a successful backdoor play. Randle has eight points and three assists, and Boykin has eight points. Bak Bak is in for Zhang.

12:24 1st H: The lead is up to 15-5 after an alley-oop dunk by Zhang and a baseline drive by Knezevic. Princeton is shooting 1-for-9 and has a pair of turnovers. The Tigers haven’t scored in 3 minutes, 50 seconds. 

15:22 1st H: Cal leads 11-5 after a 3-pointer by Randle. Christopher is on the bench after picking up his second foul with 16:14 left. Zhang blocked a shot early, but gave way to Omondi Amoke, who also just blocked a shot and is going to the FT line for two shots. Boykin has six points and three rebounds. Princeton is shooting 1-for-7.

ON SECOND THOUGHT: Jorge Gutierrez is starting, after all. Must be feeling better. Knezevic will come off the bench.

THIS SCORE JUST IN: UCLA has lost again — its third straight — this time 79-68 to Long Beach State in the seventh-place game of the 76 Classic at Anaheim. The Bruins (2-4) got 23 points from senior Michael Roll, but allowed Long Beach to score 47 second-half points.

WELCOME TO HAAS: It’s Sunday afternoon and the Bears (3-2) are preparing to take on Princeton (2-2).

STARTING LINEUPS: A couple changes for the Bears, who have been hit by the flu bug. Center Markhuri Sanders-Frison is out and apparently not even in the building. Guard Jorge Gutierrez also has the flu and won’t start, but reportedly is available to play. Instead, Cal will start Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher, Nikola Knezevic, Jamal Boykin and, in his first career star, Max Zhang. Princeton will go with Dan Mavraides, Marcus Schroeder, Doug Davis, Patrick Saunders and Pawel Buczak. Cal’s Theo Robertson (foot) and Harper Kamp (knee) remain sidelined and are in street clothes on the bench.

Jeff Faraudo