FINAL SCORE: Cal 51, Cal Poly 41. It’s a win. Cal is 6-4 heading into Wednesday’s game vs. unbeaten No. 3 Kansas. May have to play a measure better against the Jayhawks. Sanders-Frison finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds. Gutierrez had 10 points and Franklin, in his best game in a while, scored nine. Kamp had nine points, eight rebounds. Bears shot 38.6 percent, Cal Poly 29.4 percent. Shawn Lewis, with his friends and family watching, scored 16 for Cal Poly (3-7).
1:30 2nd H: Cal leads 44-39 after a 3-pointer by Crabbe — his first points — and a putback by MSF, who has 14 pts, 9 rebs. Gutierrez just drew a charge from Lewis. Cal ball.
3:37 2nd H: Cal simply cannot grab this game by the throat. Cal Poly has gone 7-0 in less than 2 minutes, with a 3-pointer by Hanson (who had made just 2 of his previous 13 shots), a fastbreak layup by Chris O’Brien and another basket by O’Brien on a goaltend by Kamp. It’s tied at 39-all. Cal called timeout. Cal had a good thing going with MSF down low, but hasn’t looked for him the past several possessions.
5:20 2nd H: Cal answered the Mustangs’ push with a 6-2 run of its own, powered by two postup moves by MSF (12 points) and a mid-range jumper by Gutierrez. It’s 39-32 Cal.
7:23 2nd H: Franklin hit an open 3-pointer for a 33-26 lead, but Cal Poly has converted back to back layups — no small feat in this game — and the Cal lead is back down to 33-30. The only player on either team in double figures is Shawn Lewis, whose 14 points are nearly half the Mustangs’ total.
11:41 2nd H: Cal leds 29-21. Kamp just scored on a spinning drive to the hoop. He has seven points and seven rebounds. Bears shooting 33.3 percent, Cal Poly 19.4 percent. Forward David Hanson, their leading scorer at 15.3 ppg, is 1 for 11 for two points.
13:25 2nd H: Cal leads 25-19, thanks to a pair of baskets by Franklin (that’s right!), who is now playing point guard. Sanders-Frison picked up his third PF with 13:49 and sat down in favor of Solomon. Cal Poly still at 20.6 percent for the game, Cal 28.6 percent. Not exactly one for the time capsule.
15:05 2nd H: Nothing has appreciably changed here in the second half. Still an ugly grinder. Cal leads 23-19. The Mustangs actually made three field goals in the first 2 1/2 minutes of the half after making only four the entire first half. Like my kids used to say on long driving trips: Are we there yet?
HALFTIME: Cal 19, Cal Poly 12. If this were on TV, you’d have changed the channel by now. The Bears are shooting just 26.3 percent (5 for 19), but lead by seven. On the other hand, they held Cal Poly to 15.4 percent (4 for 26), but lead by just seven. Cal has a 24-15 rebounding edge, and there have been plenty of opportunities. Bears have nine turnovers. Sanders-Frison has eight points to lead Cal. Shawn Lewis, the Bishop O’Dowd HS grad, has eight for the visitors.
3:20 1st H: Cal leads 16-7 after a 3-pointer by Gutierrez. Bears are now shooting a torrid 27.8 percent (5 for 18). Cal Poly is at 14.3 percent (3 for 21).
7:06 1st H: OK, who thinks either team will get to 30 points? Cal is now 3 for 14 with six turnovers. Cal Poly is 3 for 16 with four turnovers. The teams are a combined 1 for 10 from the 3-PT line, and that one was lucky. Cal leads 10-7. Still.
7:39 1st H: Hide your eyes . . . this is gruesome. Cal leads 10-7. The teams are shooting a combined 6 for 29 and the blame is equal.
15:24 1st H: Whew! I can hardly keep up. It’s 3-3 at the first scheduled timeout. Cal is shooting 1 for 4 vs. the Cal Poly zone and the Mustangs are 1 for 7. Their only basket was a geometrically improbable 3-pointer, banked in from the extreme left corner by Shawn Lewis. Nigel Carter and Brandon Smith are checking in for Cal.
LINEUPS: No changes in the Cal starting five. For the 10th straight game, the Bears will go with Harper Kamp, Markhuri Sanders-Frison, Allen Crabbe, Gary Franklin and Jorge Gutierrez. Cal Poly will start David Hanson, Will Donahue, Shawn Lewis, Chris O’Brien and Malik Love.
POWERS ELIGIBLE: Redshirt freshman wing Jeff Powers, a graduate of De La Salle HS and transfer from the U of Denver, got his first-semester grades posted in time to be ruled eligible to play. He is dressed and warming up with his teammates.
WELCOME: One week of holiday shopping left and, be honest, you’re sick of it. Perfect opportunity to take a break with some hoops. Cal Poly (3-6) visits the Bears (5-4) at Haas Pavilion for the first time since the 2003-04 season opener, when the Mustangs spoiled Leon Powe’s debut with a 63-62 win. Will be back in a few minutes with starting lineups.