FINAL SCORE: Cal 72, Austin Peay 55. No. 23 Bears improve to 3-0. Gutierrez hsa 14 points and six rebounds. Kamp contributes 12 points and nine rebounds and Kravish scores a career-high 12 on 6-for-7 shooting. Brandon Smith has season-high 11. Bears breeze despite off-night from Crabbe, who shoots 2 for 12 and scores five. Bears shoot 52.8 percent for the game, Austin Peay (0-2) just 37.1 percent, including 2 for 17 from 3-point.
2:41 2nd H: Kravish hit two baskets after the previous timeout to push Cal back into a 20-point lead. It’s now 70-45. Gutierrez has 14 points, Kamp has 12 and nine rebounds and Kravish has a career-high 12. Brandon Smith has 11 points. Crabbe just 2 for 12 from the field and has five points.
8:15 2nd H: Montgomery calls timeout after a 9-0 Austin Peay run against a Cal lineup with three reserves. Bears’ lead is58-38, but it was 56-29 just 90 seconds ago. Kamp and Gutierrez checking back in.
11:47 2nd H: Not much else to report here. It’s 52-29 and it ain’t changin’ anytime soon. Kamp has 12 points to match Gutierrez’s total. Edmondson finally scored for the Governors, on his eighth shot attempt of the game. Austin Peay also finally made a 3-point basket after missing 13 in a row.
15:29 2nd H: Cal leads 46-22 after building its lead to 46-17.
HALFTIME SCORE: Cal leads 40-13 after a resounding dunk by Solomon off a feed from Gutierrez at the buzzer. Cal shooting 60.7 percent for the half, Austin Peay is at 17.2 percent, including 0 for 9 from beyond the arc. Gutierrez has 10 points, five rebounds and two assists. Kravish has eight points on 4 for 4 shooting. Kamp has seven points, five rebounds. Bears lead by 27 despite quiet night so far by Crabbe, who has five points on 2 for 8 from the field. Austin Peay’s leading scorer, TyShwan Edmondson, is scoreless on 0 for 6, defended by Gutierrez, Emerson Murray and Crabbe at various times.
3:04 1st H: Cal leads 30-11. Gutierrez has 10 points. Bears are shooting 56.5 percent, Govs are about to be impeached: 16 percent from the field. They are 0 for 8 from the 3-point. Cobbs left at 5:15 limping on an ankle, but is back on the bench.
THIS SCORE JUST IN: Pepperdine beat Arizona State 66-60 in Tempe.
8:42 1st H: Back-to-back baskets by Kravish off passes from Cobbs and the Bears lead 23-7. Austin Peay is shooting 2 for 14 and has missed all six of its 3-pointers. Leading scorer TyShwan Edmondson is 0 for 5.
11:46 1st H: Cal lead is 17-3. Kamp, Gutierrez and Smith resting. Austin Peay shooting 1 for 9, including 0 for 4 from 3-point range.
14:15 1st H: The lead is 14-2. Cal has four layups or dunks. Two Austin Peay starters — point guard Jerome Clyburn and Josh Terry — already have two personal fouls. Govs have one basket in 11 possessions — shooting 1 for 7 with four turnovers. Cobbs and Kravish entering the game.
15:16 1st H: Bears out of the gate fast tonight — a 12-2 lead and Austin Peay calls timeout. Gutierrez has six points, Kamp has four. Bears running their offense smoothly and they have held the Govs to 1-for-4 shooting with three turnovers.
ELSEWHERE IN THE PAC: Pepperdine is leading 48-40 with 11 minutes left at Arizona State. Stanford is at home against Colorado State, and UCLA hosts Middle Tennessee State without suspended forward Reeves Nelson.
STARTING LINEUPS: Cal will go with Brandon Smith, Jorge Gutierrez, Allen Crabbe, Richard Solomon and Harper Kamp. The Governors will start Jerome Clyburn, TyShwan Edmondson, Melvin Baker, Josh Terry and Anthony Campbell. As expected, Cal reserve center Robert Thurman did not warm up with the team and will not play due to a strained hip flexor.
WELCOME: Back here at Haas Pavilion as the Golden Bears (2-0) close out a three-games-in-five-nights opening homestand against Austin Peay (0-1) of Clarkville, Tenn., a member of the Ohio Valley Conference. This is a preliminary-round game in the CBE Classic, but its outcome does not impact Cal’s trip to Kansas City next week for the final two rounds of the CBE. The Bears will play Georgia on Monday, regardless of tonight’s outcome.