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Basketball: Bears collapse in second half vs. B.C.

The second-half numbers were gruesome, but it was a one statistic from the first half that foreshadowed Cal’s 68-46 loss to Boston College today in the fifth-place game of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla.

At halftime, the Bears (3-2) were shooting 6 for 7 from the 3-point line . . . and trailed 35-31.

Shots don’t go in forever, and when they stopped falling in the second half, Cal had no chance.

The Eagles outscored Cal 33-15 over the final 20 minutes, with the Bears converting just 1 of 13 from beyond the 3-point arc, just 5 for 24 overall.

Certainly the Bears had a more encouraging start to the game than two days earlier, when they scored just five first-half points in a stunningly bad loss to Notre Dame.

The moral of the story here is clear: Winning is dictated by much more than merely shooting the ball. And the Bears did little to compensate for their poor second-half accuracy.

B.C. (4-2) not only shot the ball better, but won the rebounding battle (28-24), had fewer turnovers (15 to 11) more assists (15 to 10) and got to the FT line more (15 attempts to 10).

The Bears return home to face U.C. Davis on Wednesday needing a shot of homecooking and a boost to their confidence.

Junior PG Jorge Gutierrez, after two off nights offensively in Florida, led the Bears with 12 points on 4 for 5 shooting from the 3-point line. He had four assists and three rebounds.

The rest of the team converted just 3 of 15 from deep. The freshmen had a particularly rough time, perhaps not surprising in their third game away from home over a four-day span.

Guards Gary Franklin and Allen Crabbe combined for 11 first-half points, and did not score again. Franklin shot 2 for 12 (1 for 6 from 3PT) and Crabbe, who played well in Cal’s first two games, was 2 for 9 (2 for 8 from 3PT).

Franklin, never timid about shooting, was 8 for 36 from the floor in three tournament games — 22.2 percent. He was 6 for 24 from the 3-point line.

He will get better, but in the meantime coach Mike Montgomery has few alternatives. Freshman Emerson Murray shot 0 for 3 against B.C. and doesn’t seem ready to take on a big role.

One option may be for Montgomery to consider moving PG Brandon Smith into the starting lineup and shifting Gutierrez to the wing, allowing Franklin to come off the bench. Not sure if that’s on the table.

Markhuri Sanders-Frison had 11 points and six rebounds, but frontcourt mate Harper Kamp was limited to four points and three rebounds.

Jeff Faraudo

  • SteveNTexas

    Temple didn’t look good either losing to A&M. What started out like a positive weekend for Cal basketball ended up depressing.

  • SteveNTexas

    In better news Cal’s Soccer Team was leading Brown 2-0 in the 3rd round of the NCAA Div 1 Championships.

  • Uh Oh

    At least there was some entertainment. I had to pause and rewind it for my wife to see Franklin’s twisting backward shot that went out of bounds far from the basket.

    “See – I told you they were going to struggle this year.”

    She asked what the deal was, and in Monty’s defense I offered up that 3 players he expected to be around at the end of last season were gone: DJ Seeley, Omondi Amoke, Max Zhang. And, yes, they would be getting plenty of playing time right now!!

    But the sad thing is next year’s team is looking like only minor changes.
    1) Cobbs in at point, and we’ll see if that amounts to much.
    2) Kravish in, MSF out.
    3) And the current players will all be better.

    This is Monty’s team now. All these players are his except Kamp.

    Back to Franklin, I realize he was looking to draw the foul, but he’s got to do a better job than that. That was truly comical.

    Do you feel comfortable drawing some sort of ceiling now? At least for THIS season while they are still getting comfortable being on the floor?

    MSF has developed that move to the left in the paint nicely, eh? If I were a coach from the Pac10, I’d be instructing my players to take that away. Let’s see if he can adjust when it’s taken away.

  • Yoda

    Next year this will be a very good team, albeit in need of a bit of width inside. At least two of the current freshmen will be ready to make a serious impact, and possibly three if Franklin figures out how to play basketball instead of AAU ball.

  • Oski Fan

    The team is successful when they get Kamp the ball on the inside. He’s powerful enough to knock bodies and get to the basket. When he has had double diget points, the team has won–easily. Also, MSF looks great this year–they need to utilize him more often. This long range 3 pointer stuff taken on by Franklin and Crabbe is obnoxious. They need to learn how to play like a team. Right now the freshman seem to think they are still the stars of the team (as they were in HS and AAU) and are being selfish. They will get it–just give it time…GO BEARS!