FINAL SCORE: Cal 77, Weber State 57. Gutierrez outscored Lillard 24-14 as the Bears improved to 9-2. Gutierrez shot 8 for 12 and had five rebounds. Crabbe scored 16 points and Solomon had 11 points and seven rebounds. Bamford led Weber (6-3) with 19 points.
3:30 2nd H: Cal leads 70-45. Gutierrez resting with 24 points. Lillard has 11 on 3 for 15 from the field.
8:10 2nd H: Cal leads 54-38 after a 3-pointer by Gutierrez, who is outscoring the nation’s leading scorer 17-7 rght now.
10:33 2nd H: Cal leads 48-38. Weber cooling just a bit from the perimter after making six 3-points in the first 6 minutes of the half. Lillard still has just seven points on 2 for 13. Weber has just five baskets from inside the 3-point arc.
15:12 2nd H: Weber has hit five 3-pointers to open the second half and trails just 41-33. Lillard, 0 for 5 from deep in the first half, hit one of them, but Scott Bamford and Byron Fulton have each made two. A double-technical foul was called on Lillard and Gutierrez just before the timeout.
THIS SCORE JUST IN: Utah (2-8) won its first game against a Division I opponent, beating Idaho State (2-8) 70-69 in Salt Lake City.
HALFTIME SCORE: Cal 32, Weber State 18. The story of the first half was the Bears’ defense, which has held the Wildcats to 17.1-percent shooting (6 for 35). Lillard, the nation’s top scorer at 26.9 ppg, is 1 for 10. Gutierrez defended him much of the time, with Cobbs and Brandon Smith also taking short turns. Gutierrez has eight points to lead the Bears.
1:52 1st H: Weber just called timeout to try to stem a 10-0 Cal run that has the Bears up 30-13.
3:30 1st H: Cal’s lead is 22-13. Weber’s zone defense giving the Bears some trouble. And the Wildcats have 10 offensive rebounds. They are shooting 5 for 30 and Lillard is just 1 for 8 with four points. But Crabbe is no better — 1 for 5 for two points.
6:56 1st H: Cal lead is 18-9. Weber, which made just 2 of its first 21 shots, is now 4 for 23. Lillard sat out almost 3 minutes and is returning. Gutierrez has six points to lead Cal.
9:38 1st H: Cal leads 14-4 and no one can shoot straight. The Bears are at 4 for 14, Weber 2 for 19. Gutierrez is taking a breather. Cobbs is now guarding Lillard, who has two points on 1 for 6.
15:09 1st H: Cal scored the game’s first eight points and leads 8-2. Weber State opened 0 for 8 from the field, including three early misses by Lillard, playing in front of a large contingent of hometown fans.
LINEUPS: Weber will start Oakland native Damian Lillard (the nation’s leading scorer at 26.9 ppg), Jordan Richardson, Scott Bamford, Darin Mahoney and Kyle Tresnak. Cal will go with Justin Cobbs, Jorge Gutierrez, Allen Crabbe, Harper Kamp and Richard Solomon. Solomon is back in the starting lineup for the first time after serving a two-game suspension, then coming off the bench Monday against Jackson State.
WELCOME: The Bears (8-2) and Weber State (6-2) tip off at Haas Pavilion in about 30 minutes. Cal won the only previous meeting between the schools — 41 seasons ago. Be back with starting lineups in a few minutes.