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Basketball: Ouch! Bears and Crabbe conked

By Jeff Faraudo
Thursday, February 10th, 2011 at 9:24 pm in Basketball, Gameday.

All in all, a pretty gruesome night for the Bears, who lost 109-77 to Washington in Seattle.

Worse yet, freshman Allen Crabbe took a knee to the head from UW 7-footer Aziz N’Diaye with nine minutes left in the first half. Crabbe suffered a possible concussion and will be evaluated further on Friday, according to an email I received from Cal.

His status for Saturday’s game at Washington State is unclear, but if Crabbe suffered even a minor concussion he’s very unlikely to play.

The Bears (13-11, 6-6 Pac-10) have allowed an incomprehensible 216 points the past two games, although the Arizona game did go 15 minutes overtime.

Washington made 17 of 31 shots from 3-point range, had 30 assists and blocked 11 shots. Cal missed 18 free throws and trailed by 24 at halftime. The Huskies reached 100 points with 5:42 left, when Venoy Overton scored a layup.

This was not a record for points by a Cal opponent. Eddie House (61 points) and Arizona State scored 111 in a double-OT game in 2000, and Lew Alcindor and UCLA ran up 115 against the Bears in 1968.

Jorge Gutierrez scored 24 points on 10 for 15 shooting and is averaging 20.0 over the past five games. He also had seven rebounds and three assists.

And freshman walk-on Jeff Powers (subject of our 20 Questions post earlier today), came off the bench for the injured Crabbe to score 13 points. He had the Bears’ only two 3-pointers and seemingly would start Saturday at WSU if Crabbe can’t go.

Not much from anyone else.

Harper Kamp, coming off a 33-point, 55-minute effort vs. Arizona, had just eight points, his first conference game in single digits. Markhuri Sanders-Frison had 13 points, but zero rebounds.

The Huskies got 23 points and nine assists from junior point guard Isaiah Thomas, who has 50/22 in two games vs. the Bears this year. Matthew Bryan-Amaning had 18 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. UW shot 57 percent and its bench contributed 39 points.

Washington (16-7, 8-4 Pac-10) improved to 12-0 at home and has reached the 100-point plateau in six of those.

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  • discdude

    ouch is right! Bad matchup, but no excuse for that level of 3-pt shooting by anyone.

  • Uh Huh!

    That’s a good point about back to back games with most points allowed.
    At the start of the year, they were getting by with good defense. And while they still are playing solid D, 216 is a crazy number. See 21 points in first half for Notre Dame on Nov 26th, and 50 pts total for Temple the day before.
    Was that the case of two teams that were simply not yet firing offensively? Or a different Cal defensive squad?
    Perhaps a little of both?

  • Uh Huh!

    UW has some better players than Cal. But they have more depth as well, and that depth allows them to play full throttle all game long. Romar has them extending out defensively on the wing, which allowed Cal to get some back door cuts to the bucket, but completely took away our 3 point shot.

    Meanwhile, Cal defenders, knowing they can’t afford to put out the amount of energy required for extending the defense, gave up lots of open looks to UW for 3 We were 2 of 7, while they were 17 of 31!

    If you have more bodies, you can really push yourself physically to be on your man (see: Overton, or Gutierrez last year – this year, he has to do too many other things, like leading Cal with 24 pts., to be as completely dominant defensively). If you get worn out face guarding him all over, another guy can simply come in and give you a rest for a bit.

    It’s like in football. Everyone looks at the star QB, WR’s, and RB’s, but it’s more often the quality of the push the hogs are getting on the O and D line. Win that battle and you win the game.

    UW won the battle of the hogs (energy, push) by simply having more horses they can put on the court.

  • CalJeff

    I was at the Eddie House game. Don’t remind me. Ugh, I still wake up in a cold sweat at night wondering if he really actually left ASU and won’t terrorize us again…

  • milo

    UW has more depth and thus they’re not afraid of throwing players and fouls at you…hence the literal mugging last night. They fouled the hell out of the Bears beside taking out Crabbe.