POSTGAME NOTES: Cal has won its first two games of the season by at least 20 points for the first time since the 1995-96 season, when they were led by freshman Shareef Abdur-Rahim . . . Mike Montgomery confirmed that reserve center Robert Thurman has a strained hip flexor and likely won’t play Tuesday when the Bears face Austin Peay at Haas Pavilion . . . Aside from Tony Taylor, who scored 20 points on 8-for-16 shooting, the Colonials converted 33.3 percent.
FINAL SCORE: Cal 81, GWU 54. Bears improve to 2-0 heading into Tuesday home game vs. Austin Peay. Crabbe scored 21 points, giving him 45 in two games. Gutierrez had 15 points,five assists and four rebounds and Cobbs had 16 points and five assists. Kravish finished with five points, nine rebounds and a block and has 16 rebounds in 39 minutes over two games.
3:59 2nd H: The lead is 68-47. Jeff Powers is coming in and Monty soon will go deeper in his bench. Crabbe has 19 points, Gutierrez 15 and Cobbs 14. Tony Taylor has 18 for the Colonials.
7:45 2nd H: Cal’s lead is 60-37. Cobbs has 14 points and five assists, Kravish five points and nine rebounds.
14:29 2nd H: Cal’s lead is 52-26. Crabbe has 16 points. The Colonials missed their first four shots of the half, meaning they were 1 for 19 during their long Berkeley nightmare. Gutierrez has 13 points.
HALFTIME SCORE: Cal 39, GWU 19. The Bears finished the half with a 21-0 run that highlighted a 25-3 burst since GWU took a 16-14 lead with 8:56 left. The Bears scored on nine of their final 10 possessions of the half — in other words, once they stopped turning the ball over, they scored. Newcomers Cobbs and Kravish right in the middle of things. Cobbs has 10 points and four assists and Kravish, playing because Solomon picked up two early fouls, has five points and five rebounds. Crabbe has eight points and Kamp has eight rebounds. GWU made just one of its final 15 shots in the half.
3:32 1st H: GWU calls timeout again as Bears’ lead jumps to 28-19. A 10-0 run.
4:44 1st H: Cal has scored six straight and 10 of the past 13 points and leads 24-19 after a fastbreak layup by Crabbe off a feed from Cobbs. Bears have 10 turnovers, Colonials have eight.
7:09 1st H: Gutierrez turns a steal into a fastbreak basket, feeding freshman Kravish on the wing for a layup and an 18-16 Cal lead. Kravish just seems to get it. Has three points and two rebounds so far.
7:53 1st H: GWU went 7-0 to lead 13-12, but it’s even now at 16-all after jumper by Gutierrez. Pretty sloppy on offense. Fourteen turnovers — eight by the Bears.
11:01 1st H: Bears lead 12-8. Offense sluggish again when Kamp and Gutierrez are resting. Kamp coming back after timeout. Each team has five turnovers.
15:18 1st H: Cal leads 8-4 at the first timeout. The Colonials are a step up from UC Irvine, the Bears’ opening-night opponent. Bigger, more athletic. Crabbe hit his first 3-pointer and Gutierrez already has a basket, two rebounds and an assist. Justin Cobbs and David Kravish are in for Smith and Solomon.
LINEUPS: Cal will start Brandon Smith, Jorge Gutierrez, Allen Crabbe, Richard Solomon and Harper Kamp. George Washington will go with Tony Taylor, Lasan Kromah, Nemanja Mikic, John Kopriva and Jabari Edwards.
RECRUITING NEWS: Landen Lucas, a 6-foot-9 post prospect from Westview HS in Portland, Ore., announced today he will attend Kansas. Lucas also had been pursued by Cal, along with Stanford, Washington and Tennessee.
WELCOME: Back at Haas Pavilion for the second of three games opening the season in a span of five days. The Bears face George Washington in the CBE Classic. Cal beat UC Irvine 77-56 on Friday and will host Austin Peay on Tuesday night. Back with starting lineups in a few minutes.