Handcuffed by a zone defense that limited them to 1 for 14 shooting from the 3-point arc, the Bears lost 69-64 to the Norwegian national team Wednesday at Oslo, Norway. Cal is now 2-1 on its exhibition tour of northern Europe.
The Bears led 24-12 at the end of the first quarter, then were outscored 57-40 the rest of the game. The hosts led 37-36 by halftime and extended the margin to 56-49 entering the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Allen Crabbe, who averaged 21 points in Cal’s two wins in Sweden, was held to five shots and had seven points to go with six rebounds.
Sophomore Richard Solomon led the Bears with 15 points and six rebounds, sophomore Justin Cobbs scored 13 and senior Harper Kamp had 12 points in his most extensive action of the trip. Kamp played very little in the first two games because of a sore knee.
Junior Brandon Smith contributed nine points and junior Robert Thurman had six points and five rebounds.
Senior all-conference guard Jorge Gutierrez, apparently still hampered by an ankle sprain he suffered last week during a scrimmage in Berkeley, missed his third straight game on the trip.
The Bears have two days off before playing Saturday and Sunday against the Danish national team in Copenhagen, Denmark.