Basketball: Sonoma State “game” thread

FINAL: Cal 106, Sonoma State 76. The five freshman combined for 58 points. Pretty good start. Crabbe had 22, Franklin 17. Gutierrez finished with 11 points, six assists and zero turnovers. Kamp had 10 points and seven rebounds, Sanders-Frison six points and nine rebounds. Smith, Solomon and Murray each scored eight. Cal outrebounded the Seawolves 45-27, had 21 assists and just 10 turnovers. The Bears shot 52 percent, including 12 for 30 from 3-point, and were 20 for 22 at the FT line. Sonoma State cooled to 32 percent in the second half.

3:39 2nd H: Cal leads 95-70. The freshmen have combined for 49 points. Franklin has 14, 11 in the second half. Smith has played every minute since Gutierrez went out and is running the club capably. Seems a bit quicker and far more confident than a year ago. Of course, this is Sonoma State.

10:52 2nd H: Gutierrez back from the locker room, riding the cycle. Now on the bench.

11:58 2nd H: Crabbe is on the sidelines with 22 points. He is 6 for 7 from the field, 4 for 4 from 3pt and 6 for 6 FT. Franklin and Kamp each have 10 points. Cal leads 80-55.

12:45 2nd H: Word from Cal is that Gutierrez has cramps — not an ankle sprain. No wonder Montgomery is smiling. Well, that and an 80-53 lead.

17:12 2nd H: Cal has its biggest lead — 63-44. Gutierrez is standing on the sidelines and testing his ankle. Whether he’s OK or not, hard to imagine we’ll see him again tonight. Cal playing harder on defense and doing a better job of contesting perimeter shots. Sonoma State is 0 for 3 from 3-point this half after 9 for 18 in the opening 20 minutes.

18:31 2nd H: Gutierrez just came out of the game, limping on his right ankle. They’re looking at it on the sidelines. Cal leads 58-44.

HALFTIME: Cal is up 52-44. More offense than we might have expected. Less defense than the Bears must play. Crabbe, the 2010 Gatorade California Player of the Year, has 15 points. The five freshmen have combined for 25. Gutierrez has played well and the Bears are 16 for 17 at the FT line.Sanders-Frison has six points and six rebounds and made a nice pass inside to Kamp for a basket. Ben Washington, the senior from Newark Memorial HS, has 18 points for Sonoma State and hasn’t missed a shot from the field. He’s 6-for-6, including 5-for-5 from 3-point.

2:03 1st H: Crabbe banked in a 3-pointer a minute ago. Cal leads 46-40. As Montgomery said Tuesday, “freshmen get screened.” And they have been. The Seawolves are 9 for 17 from 3-pt and a lot of those were open after screens picked off Cal’s defender. Gutierrez had nine points and six assists. Crabbe has 13.

4:20 1st H: Cal’s lead is 41-34, but it was 13 points a minute ago. Evidence the Bears are nowhere near where they need to be defensively. Too many open Sonoma State shots. Rossi hit a 3-pointer, but has come out. All five freshmen have scored. Cal is 14 for 15 at the FT line.

7:28 1st H: Cal leads 32-25. The margin was as high as 10 points, but Sonoma State has stayed in it by shooting 6 for 13 from 3-point. All the freshmen have now gotten into the game. They’ve combined for 17 points so far. Gutierrez has five points, four assists and two rebounds.

11:38 1st H: Cal leads 20-18. Sonoma State is causing Cal some difficulty with its fullcourt press. Emerson Murray and Richard Solomon are checking in. So here’s your current lineup: Smith, Murray, Carter, Bak and Solomon. Yes, oodles of experience!

13:16 1st H: Cal’s lead is 18-10. Crabbe has 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers and 4-for-4 FTs. Bak Bak is in, so is walkon Nigel Carter. Brandon Smith just came on for Gutierrez, who also hit a 3.

15:51  1st H: Cal leads 10-8 at the first break. Franklin hit a 3-pointer on his first attempt, then shot an airball 22 seconds later. Crabbe also has hit a 3-pointer. Sanders-Frison’s offseason workout regimen shows — he got off the ground to emphatically block a shot. We didn’t see that last year. It’s a little rough, but not too ugly for the first time out.

WELCOME: Yes, we’ll put “game” in quotes because this is an exhibition and the Division II Seawolves (formerly Cossacks) of Sonoma State shouldn’t cause Cal much grief. They lost at Pacific by 29 points last week.

LINEUPS: Cal will go with the three upper classmen — Jorge Gutierrez, Harper Kamp and Markhuri Sanders-Frison — and the two freshman wings — Allen Crabbe and Gary Franklin. Sonoma State’s lineup includes Steven Pratt, a 6-4 junior guard from Foothill HS in Pleasanton, and Ben Washington, a 6-2 senior guard from Newark Memorial HS. The Seawolves start no player taller than 6-7.

Jeff Faraudo