FINAL SCORE: Cal 65, ASU 61. Bears (8-7, 1-2) get first Pac-10 win and avoid starting conference 0-3 for the first time since 1999-2000. Gutierrez had a career-high 21 points (previously 20 vs. New Mexico), Crabbe equaled his career high with 17 plus eight rebounds, Sanders-Frison had 13 and 11, Kamp 10 and 9. ASU (8-7, 1-3) got 18 points from Abbott. Final rebound totals: Cal 43, ASU 27. Cal scored 19 second-chance points and had 26 points in the paint.
0:1.8 2nd H: Crabbe misses first FT, makes second. It’s 65-61.
0:2.5 seconds 2nd H: Gutierrez made both free throws, but Marcus Jackson just scored on a twisting, falling, awkward drive and ASU called timeout. Cal has the ball and a 64-61 lead. Gutierrez has a career-high 21 points. Crabbe has 16. Abbott has 18.
0:10.7 2nd H: Cal may yet weather this. ASU just missed four straight 3-pointers — three of them by Abbott — before MSF rebounded. Gutierrez was fouled with 10.7 seconds left and will shoot 1-and-1. He makes one and Cal wins.
1:01 2nd H: Carrick Felix scored on a driving dunk, pulling ASU within 62-59. Gutierrez just turned the ball over trying to feed it inside to MSF. ASU ball.
3:06 2nd H: It ain’t over yet. Abbott and Kuksiks sandwiched 3-pointers around two FTs by Crabbe and the Sun Devils trail just 60-55.
4:36 2nd H: Back-to-back 3-pointers by Crabbe (14 pts) and Gutierrez (18 pts) pushed Cal’s lead to nine points. It’s still that margin — 58-49. Lockett has four PFs for ASU. Cal has a 41-21 rebounding edge, with 18 offensive boards.
7:38 2nd H: ASU got back to 47-45 on a shot from the key by Kuksiks, but Gutierrez just scored on a fastbreak layup off a turnover, was fouled by Lockett (his third) and will shoot one. It’s 49-45.
9:56 2nd H: ASU tied the game on a 3-pointer by Abbott with exactly 12 minutes left, but Cal has answered with a 7-0 run to lead 47-40: a turn-around jumper in the key by Gutierrez, a 3-pointer by Crabbe and a putback by MSF. Cal has 19 second-chance points, 22 points in the paint and has a 37-18 overall rebounding edge. Sanders-Frison has 13 points and 10 rebounds, Crabbe 11 points and seven rebounds, Gutierrez 11 points and Kamp eight points and eight rebounds.
15:31 2nd H: Well, the Bears let ASU back into the game, and the Cal lead is just 33-32. The 15-point first-half lead is a memory. The Sun Devils are moving the ball well, with Pateev setting up three baskets with nice passes back out of the post. Pateev also has blocked a couple shots in the half and is causing Cal trouble inside with his size. Bears are 1 for 7 from the field in the half. Kamp is going to the FT line for two after being fouled by Pateev.
HALFTIME STATS: Cal shot 36.1 percent in the first half, but had 12 offensive rebounds and produced 14 second-chance points. Cal outrebounded ASU 28-13. Each team seven turnovers. ASU shot 37.5 percent, including 2 for 9 from 3-point. Gutierrez and Crabbe each eight points. But Gutierrez played just 10 minutes and Kamp 11, due to fouls. No ASU player has more than four points.
HALFTIME SCORE: Cal 31, ASU 23. Cal played very well . . . until the final 33 seconds of the half, which went about as badly as possible. Bears led 31-18 and rebounded an ASU miss when Crabbe was stripped of the ball, and Rihards Kuksiks — who had done nothing — hit an open 3-pointer in a scramble situation. Bak was called for traveling at the other end, then fouled Pateev as he was converting layup. Pateev missed the FT, but the lead had been trimmed from 13 points to eight.
3:26 1st H: Cal leads 29-17. Bears are outrebounding ASU 25-9, including 11 offensive boards. Cal outscoring ASU 14-2 on second-chance points, 14-6 on points in the paint. But Kamp and Gutierrez are on the bench with two fouls, so Cal has one of those lineups where you wonder where the points will come from. Crabbe playing very well again – -eight points, seven rebounds.
4:40 1st H: Cal leads 27-17, but it was 27-12 after a 3-pointer by Crabbe. ASU has scored five straight, including a 3-pointer just now by Abbott, who has been known to get very hot against Cal (30 points in a game as a freshman). Monty called timeout to cool the Devils.
7:44 1st H: Cal leads 21-9 after a 3-pointer by Crabbe (who has five points and five rebounds), then a basket by ASU’s Lockett. MSF going to the FT line for two shots.
9:35 1st H: Cal is outscoring ASU 12-0 on second-chance points. And there’s your ballgame so far. Total rebounds are 17-5, on the heels of ASU getting outrebounded 25-8 in the second half vs. Stanford. That’s 42-13 over the past 30 minutes. Ouch. Score: Cal 18-7.
10:15 1st H: Cal leads 18-7 after a baseline jumper by Kamp. Gutierrez has eight points. ASU shooting 3 for 11 — 27.3 percent. Cal has eight offensive rebounds.
15:51 1st H: Cal leads 7-2 at the first official timeout. Have I mentioned there is almost no one here. Maybe 3,000 fans. Perhaps there’ll be more later. Very quiet right now. Cal has missed two point-blank shots, and could be ahead 11-2. The Bears don’t want to miss the chance to extend an early lead against a team that appears lost right now.
17:26 1st H: ASU just called timeout after a breakaway dunk by Crabbe pushed Cal’s lead to 7-0. ASU’s Trent Lockett, their leading scorer, already is on the bench with two fouls. ASU is 0 for 3 with one turnover. Cal is 3 for 5, including a 3-pointer by Gutierrez.
STARTING LINEUPS: Cal goes with Markhuri Sanders-Frison, Harper Kamp, Allen Crabbe, Jorge Gutierrez and Brandon Smith. ASU will start Trent Lockett, Brandon Dunson, Ruslan Pateev, Carrick Felix and Ty Abbott. The changes are Pateev, the 7-foot Russian at center, and Felix, the sophomore wing, in place of senior Rihards Kuksiks and freshman Kyle Cain, both slumping.
WELCOME: Cal tries to end its two-game Pac-10 skid today at Wells Fargo Arena, where it has won six of the past seven seasons. The Bears (7-7, 0-2 Pac-10) have not opened the conference with three straight defeats since 1999-2000. ASU (8-6, 1-2) comes off a 55-41 loss to Stanford. Back with lineups in a bit.