FINAL SCORE: Cal 73, Jackson State 46. Bears improve to 8-2. Jax State drops to 1-8, winless against D-I. Crabbe scores 17 points. Bak has a season-high 10. Gutierrez never did return and finished with seven points, seven rebounds and 10 assists. Bears play Friday at home against Weber State, featuring Oakland’s Damian Lillard, the nation’s leading scorer.
7:25 2nd H: Cal leads 60-37. Only remaining drama: Will Gutierrez get to stay on the floor long enough to complete a triple-double? He has a career-high 10 assists to go with seven points and seven rebounds. Seems unlikely. He just came out and hard to imagine any reason to return. Crabbe has 17 points to lead Bears. Bak is next with eight, his season high.
11:50 2nd H: Cal in charge, leading 48-30. Crabbe scored again on a breakaway and has 17 points. Bears are shooting 57 percent. Jax St. is at 32 percent and has more turnovers (13) than baskets (10). Gutierrez has seven assists, Cobbs has five.
14:10 2nd H: Bears on a 9-0 run and lead 44-28 — their biggest margin of the afternoon. Crabbe has 15. Bears are running the fastbreak effectively after turnovers and misses.
THIS SCORE JUST IN: Washington State (5-3) routed Santa Clara 93-55 in Pullman, Wash.
16:15 2nd H: Jackson State pulled within seven points three times early in the half, but Cal just pushed the lead back to 40-28 on a 3-pointer by Crabbe and a fastbreak layup by Crabbe off a feed from Gutierrez. Gutierrez also scored on a drive to open the half, his first points of the game. Crabbe has 13.
HALFTIME SCORE: Cal 31, Jackson State 19. Cal is more or less in control, although the Tigers must be feeling pretty good right now. They trailed by 26 at halftime against Florida, by 23 against Baylor, by 29 against Ohio State. Cal shooting 50 percent with five turnovers. Jackson State is at 36.8 percent with 10 TOs. Crabbe leads the Bears with eight points. Solomon has four points, two rebounds and a blocked shot in seven minutes off the bench. Gutierrez scoreless at the half.
3:15 1st H: Cal has outscored the Tigers 13-4 over the past 5 1/2 minutes and stretched its lead out to 27-17. Crabbe and Emerson Murray have hit 3-pointers during the surge. Jackson State has eight points over its past 18 possessions. Tigers down to 37.5 percent shooting with nine turnovers.
6:36 1st H: Solomon enters the game for the first time.
7:23 1st H: Cal leads 17-13 after an impressive tipin by Crabbe. Bak has a pair of baskets for the Bears. The Tigers have scored on just two of their past 12 possessions, yet they’re kind of hanging around. A game not yet suitable for framing.
11:40 1st H: Cal leads 9-7 and Crabbe is shooting one FT after converting a fastbreak layup off Jackson State’s sixth turnover. Assist to Cobbs. The Tigers haven’t even gotten a shot off their past four possessions, spanning nearly 4 minutes. Once the Bears decide to begin scoring, this could be over in a hurry.
13:57 1st H: Crabbe coming into the game. Apparently, he and Richard Solomon were late for morning shootaround.
15:32 1st H: Cal leads 6-5 after back-to-back baskets by Kamp, off to a better start than in recent games.
LINEUPS: Cal has made a lineup change — and we’re not sure why – but Justin Cobbs, Brandon Smith, Jorge Gutierrez, Harper Kamp and David Kravish will start. Allen Crabbe, the team’s leading scorer, is not starting. Jackson State will go with Jenirro Bush, Kelsey Howard, Jonathan Lewis, Sydney Coleman and Davon Jones.
WELCOME: Here at Haas Pavilion, where those few Cal fans willing to miss the 49ers and Raiders on TV will watch Cal play perhaps its most overmatched opponent. Jackson State is 1-7 without a win over a Division I team. The Bears are 7-2 and unbeaten at home. Will be back with lineups.