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.
Stanford ventured to historic Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and fell flat on its face, losing 83-50 to returning NCAA finalist Butler.
The Cardinal (6-3) shot 28 percent in the first half while trailing 41-22, then watched the Bulldogs (6-4) score the first 13 points of the second half for a 54-22 margin. At that point, Butler’s Matt Howard had single-handedly outscored Stanford 23-22. Howard finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds.
Jeremy Green scored 16 for Stanford, which shot 31 percent for the game, just 3 for 17 from 3-point range. Freshman guard Aaron Bright suffered a shoulder injury in the first half and played just seven minutes.
Well, Josh Selby is for real.
The Kansas freshman guard, who sat out the season’s first nine game due to an NCAA suspension, scored 21 points and hit the game-winning 3-point shot with 24.2 seconds left as the Jayhawks held off USC 70-68 today at Allen Fieldhouse.
The Jayhawks, who have won an NCAA-best 65 consecutive home games, visit Cal on Wednesday.
Rated by rivals.com as the nation’s top prep recruit a year ago, Selby shot 5 for 8 from the 3-point line and was 6 for 7 from the FT line. He scored 10 points in his first five minutes off the bench in the first half, then made the game’s big shot with KU trailing 68-66.
USC (6-5) squandered a great chance to pull the upset. The Trojans had the ball and the lead in the final minute, but missed two shots, giving the No. 3 Jayhawks (10-0) the chance they needed.
Senior Donte Smith scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half for USC. Forwards Alex Stepheson (18 points, 8 rebounds) and Nikola Vucevic (13 points, 8 rebounds) outplayed KU’s much-heralded twin tandem of Marcus (11 points, 7 rebounds) and Markieff (11 points, 8 rebounds) Morris.
Jio Fontan, in his first game for the Trojans as a tranfer from Fordham, had 15 points but five turnovers, including a critical one with 5.5 seconds left.
Here are Saturday morning stories from the Lawrence Journal World and the Kansas City Star that previewed Selby’s unveiling.
Click here to check out my story on Nigel Carter in this morning’s print editions.
Gary Franklin isn’t the only freshman guard in Cal’s lineup who has struggled with his shot.
Allen Crabbe’s percentages have dipped to 39.3 percent from the field, 26.3 percent from the 3-point line. He is 3 for 16 from deep over the past four games.
Coach Mike Montgomery, whose Bears face Cal Poly on Saturday at Haas Pavilion, said Crabbe has been struggling much of the season with tendinitis in his knee.
“His dad called and mentioned, `Geez, Al has a lot more pop than what you’re seeing.’ ” Montgomery said. “He’s got to get his leg strengthened up a bit. I think he’s probably a little bit fatigued, too, but he’s a good shooter.”
The conference gets a split . . .
– Arizona State 78, Nevada 75: Rihards Kuksiks hit 4 of 6 shots from 3-point range and scored 20 points and Ty Abbott had 17 points, leading the Sun Devils (5-4) past the Wolf Pack (2-8) at Reno.
– Virginia 63, Oregon 48: Joevan Catron scored 16 points, but the rest of the Ducks’ starters shot a combined 5 for 18 from the field at Charlottesville, Va. Oregon (7-4), which had its three-game win streak snapped, converted just 3 for 19 from the 3-point arc.
Colorado has announced additions to new coach Jon Embree’s staff, including Steve Marshall as offensive line coach. This confirms what was reported last week, that Marshall is leaving Cal.
Got an update from Shane Vereen today with regard to his NFL decision. He said he just finished up finals and is “still evaluating.” He said he expects to make his decision in the “next few weeks.”
Early-entry candidates have until Jan. 15 to make themselves available for the NFL Draft.
Cal announced this morning that wide receivers coach Kevin Daft and strength and conditioning coach John Krasinski will not return next season. Coach Jeff Tedford is off recruiting and unavailable for further comment, other than his comment included in the press release.
These are the first moves Tedford has made in the aftermath of the Bears’ disappointing 5-7 season. Offensive line coach Steve Marshall is also moving on on his own, taking the same job at Colorado.
Daft, a former NFL quarterback, coached Cal’s quarterbacks for one season before switching to the receivers for the past three years. The Bears’ receiving corps has been suspect in recent years, although Marvin Jones has been solid.
Although Tedford did not announce the Krasinski move in the press release, the school confirmed he was also let go. Krasinski spent nine years with Cal.
Lumberbacks make Wildcats work for it . . .
– Arizona 63, Northern Arizona 58: The visitors from Flagstaff, Ariz., led 31-24 at halftime, but Kevin Parrom made a late 3-point play and finished with 14 points, five rebounds and four assists as the Wildcats (9-2) remained unbeaten in seven games at McKale Center. Derrick Williams scored 17 points, thanks mainly to a 9-for-10 effort at the free throw line. Reserves accounted for 28 of the Cats’ 63 points.