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Basketball: Hartford game thread

FINAL SCORE: Cal 74, Hartford 56. Montgomery wins his 600th game and delivers high-fives in the grandstands to his wife and daughter before heading to the dressing room. Kamp had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Bears (7-5) in their final pre-conference game. Allen Crabbe had 17 points and nine rebounds, Richard Solomon 10 and 10, and Brandon Smith scored 15. The Bears open Pac-10 play Sunday at Stanford.

3:00 2nd H: Cal leads 68-46. Bak has 10 rebounds, Kamp, Solomon and Crabbe each have nine. Can the Bears finish with four players in double-digit rebounds?  No, because Kamp and Crabbe are on the bench, probably for good. Brandon Smith has achieved a career-high with 10 points.

7:13 2nd H: Cal leads 62-46, but the Hawks have made a little run, outscoring the Bears 7-2 over the past couple minutes.

12:59 2nd H: Cal has outscored the Hawks 8-0 over the past three-plus minutes and leads 55-30. Crabbe is 5 for 8 from the 3-point line and has a career-high 17 points. Solomon has 10 points and nine rebounds, Kamp has 12 points and Gutierrez has dished six assists.

HALFTIME SCORE: Cal 39, Hartford 25. The Bears shot 57 percent in the half, the Hawks 37 percent. Crabbe has 11, Solomon 10, Kamp eight and Smith seven. Gutierrez has limited Joe Zeglinski, Hartford’s leading scorer, to three points on 1 for 7 from the field. Morgan Sabia, the Sir Francis Drake HS grad, not having a great homecoming, either, at 1 for 5 for two points. Jeff Powers, the De La Salle HS grad and transfer, saw his first action since becoming eligible.

3:14 1st H: Cal leads 36-21. Solomon has 10 points — his career-best already. Crabbe has 11 — one shy of his best. The Bears are up to 60 percent from the field.

7:46 1st H: Gradually, this is turning into what we thought it would be . . . and the reason you didn’t bother coming. Cal leads 24-15. Joe Zeglinski just hit a 3-pointer for the Hawks, slicing into what was  a 12-point lead following a 15-2 run. The Bears are shooting 55 percent, Hartford 37 percent with five turnovers. Crabbe has eight points, just four shy of his career high.

10:46 1st H: Cal leads 18-12, having outscored the Hawks 9-2 over the past 3 minutes. Smith has seven points and Crabbe has five. Gary Franklin and Richard Solomon have come in, replacing Gutierrez and Bak. Cal is shooting 57 percent.

15:44 1st H: Cal scored the game’s first six points, but the Hawks have closed to 6-5. Cal is 3 for 6, but has two turnovers. Hartford is 2 for 6 from the field.

THE CROWD: Actually, what we have at Haas tonight barely qualifies as a “crowd,” but it’s understandable. The holiday, the weather, students have gone home, the opponent. Everyone gets a pass on this one. Even the Straw Hat Band stayed home.

LINEUPS: Cal makes a lineup change — actually two — for the first time this season. The Bears are giving senior Markhuri Sanders-Frison and his sore feet the night off. Nothing more than a little rest for his plantar fasciitis. He will be back Sunday for Stanford. The Bears will start Bak Bak in his place — his first career start. Also, sophomore Brandon Smith will make his first start in the backcourt in place of Gary Franklin. The others are the same:  Harper Kamp, Allen Crabbe and Jorge Gutierrez. Hartford will go with Genesis Maciel, Morgan Sabia, Joe Zeglinski, Anthony Minor and Clayton Brothers.

WELCOME: Cal (6-5) closes out its non-conference season against Hartford (2-8) tonight at Haas Pavilion. Mike Montgomery figures to win his 600th game in the process.

Jeff Faraudo

  • uh oh

    Barely a crowd?
    I thought there were a good number of people there, considering.

    I was happy for Powers and Thurman to get on the board the way they did.

    Glad that Smith hit those early shots, and then was also 8 of 10 from the line? Wow. I only noticed his misses! But his ball control still needs improvement. But, good game for him!!

    Bak was not ready, but you can see how Monty is working Solomon over for improvement before he’s going to give him the honor of starting. Tough love for sure!!! Solomon gets yelled at more than anyone.

    Crabbe had his best shooting game since maybe the first exhibition. He looked loose and comfortable again.

    Franklin looks like he’s just having hardly any fun at all. A sad sight to see him looking so “down” emotionally. At least compared to early on. He’s just looking to catch, dribble, pass right now. I felt sorry for him.

    Kamp is the undisputed leader of this team in my mind. He’s the Bears best player.

    Gut made some ridiculous turnovers. And does he get credit for that 10 second call? He should.

    Carter apparently feels more comfortable in his place on the bench – didn’t assert himself much again tonight.

    Fun to watch Coach yell and chastise various players throughout the contest!

    And now that you mention it, the band – oh, that’s why I felt I could hear everything all game and my nerves weren’t frayed. Let’s do that again! Uh oh, I guess that simply means I’m getting old!!!

  • K1W

    The “atmosphere” was all wrong with the Cal Band, Cheerleaders, and Rally folks not there… weirdly quiet at times. At least Oski made an appearance. I think the most significant thing about this game was Coach Montgomery getting #600, although it would have been a lot more memorable if it happen on Sunday, at StanFURD. I hope he can get started on his next 100 there instead.

  • Jeff Faraudo

    The crowd did get bigger. Hardly a soul there 10 minutes before tipoff, but considering the circumstances, not terrible. Still no Straw Hat Band, no cheerleaders, and a recorded national anthem . . . that was a little weird.

  • Mitchie V

    Did Franklin play many minutes? His stats were pretty invisible.
    Hope My Sore Feets is ready to go Sunday.

  • Dave

    Uh-Oh…according to ESPN, Brandon Smith had ‘a’ miss from the field(3-4). As a DLS alum, I was glad to see him play well. People have been too harsh on him

  • uh oh

    Dave – the Smith misses I was referring to were his misses from the line. I would have said he was 2 of 4 from the line, not 8 of 10.

    Coming into the game, Smith was shooting 13 of 40 (32.5%) from the floor with zero 3PT FG’s, and only 15 of 25 (60%) from the FT line. Any basketball player under 6’0″ tall has to be able to do several things well:
    1. break the press and initiate the offensive set thru superior dribble and pass ball-control
    2. shoot, so as to keep defenders honest and not sagging off you
    3. hopefully be able to dribble penetrate and kick to open man once help arrives to stop your penetration

    because short guys are typically always at a disadvantage:
    1. rebounding
    2. defending

    I have been harsh on Smith b/c he has not excelled at 1, 2, or 3, though he is possibly our best at item 1. Last night he showed great improvement in shooting, and that’s exactly what I expect with him. Perseverance! Shut me up! Gotta love it!