POST-GAME NOTES: Mike Montgomery confirmed that not only Gutierrez and Kamp were sick, but so was backup center Robert Thurman. All three spent Sunday night throwing up and went to the campus medical clinic. Kamp played 33 minutes anyway, contributing eight points and five rebounds. Montgomery said Smith played his best game with eight points and seven assists, and Kravish added seven points, nine rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots, one of them against 7-foot-3 Greg Somogyi. Cobbs was 10 for 12 from the field and did much of the defensive work against Orlando Johnson, whose 22.4 scoring average was reduced to a nine-point night on 4 for 13 from the field.
FINAL SCORE: Cal 70, UCSB 50. The Bears delivered an impressive and clutch performance without Jorge Gutierrez and Richard Solomon. Cobbs finished with 25 points, Crabbe had 19. Cal improved to 10-2 heading to its game Friday at No. 21 UNLV.
4:17 2nd H: Cal leads 68-44, equaling its biggest margin of the game. Cobbs has a career-high 25 points, the last three on a 35-foot heave as the shot clock was expiring. Crabbe has 17 points and six rebounds and Smith has eight points and six assists. Kamp has eight points and five rebounds — nice work considering his condition.
11:28 2nd H: Cal is in the midst of a 13-0 run and leads 56-33. Crabbe and Smith each hit 3-pointers during the run and Cobbs scored on a difficult drive to the hoop, giving him 18 points.
15:30 2nd H: UCSB has whittled the deficit down to 10 points on three occasions but Cal leads 46-33 after a 3-pointer by Cobbs, who has 16 points.
THESE SCORES JUST IN: Colorado beat Cal State Bakersfield 70-64 and Utah beat Portland 72-67.
NEWELL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Former Cal basketball and baseball star Earl Robinson is being honored with the Pete Newell Career Achievement Award. He is joined on the court by his grand-daughter, ex-Bears John Ricksen and Andy Wolfe and athletic director Sandy Barbour. Robinson was an All-America baseball player and played for Newell’s basketball teams from 1956-57-58. Robinson introduced Rickey Henderson and Joe Kapp in the crowd.
HALFTIME SCORE: Cal 37, UCSB 23. Mike Montgomery will tell you the margin should be greater. Cal led 37-21 and had the ball with 15 seconds left, but Powers made a poor inbounds pass and Nunnally hit a jmuper just before the buzzer. Cobbs leads the Bears with 11 points. Cal cooled off to 48 percent for the half, making just one of its final eight shots in the half. Orlando Johnson, who averages 22.4 ppg, has five on 2 for 6.
3:06 1st H: Cal leads 33-18 and Cobbs is going to the line for 2 FTs. Kamp got another 2-minute break and is returning. Clearly, he is not feeling 100 percent.
7:48 1st H: Bears’ lead is up to 29-13. They are now 6 for 7 from the 3-point arc — cooling down! Stat correction: Still 6 for 6. Crabbe has nine points. Kravish, Cobbs and Smith each have five. Smith also has two fouls. Cal shooting 10 for 17, UCSB 5 for 15. Bears doing a great job defensively. Montgomery is shuttling players in and out. Kamp is back after a 3-minute rest.
11:57 1st H: Cal’s lead is up to 21-7 and David Kravish is going to the FT line to complete a 3-point play. Bears are now 5 for 5 from the 3-point arc after Powers made one. Cal is 8 for 10 from the field, UCSB is 3 for 10.
14:19 1st H: Cal is 4 for 4 from the 3-point arc and leads 14-2. Crabbe has a pair of 3-pointers and Smith and Cobbs have one apiece. UCSB is 1 for 5 with two turnovers. Kamp is coming out for Jeff Powers. Oakland’s T.H. Taylor in for Gauchos.
LINEUPS: The Gauchos will start Orlando Johnson, James Nunnally, Jaime Serna, Nate Garth and Christian Peterson. Cal’s is going with Harper Kamp, David Kravish, Justin Cobbs, Brandon Smith and Allen Crabbe. Word from Cal’s sports information office is that Gutierrez has food poisoining.
T-MINUS 3 MINUTES: Teams doing layup drills. Kamp is out there — a lot of walking. Gutierrez appears to not be in the building.
MORE ON HARPER: The Bears senior forward seems to be getting a lot of sympathetic encouragement from his teammates as warmups end. He doesn’t look like his usual energetic self.
PERSONNEL UPDATE: Don’t want to jump to any conclusions but . . . the Bears are warming up Jorge Gutierrez is nowhere to be seen. Harper Kamp is among those on the floor.
WELCOME: As many of you probably already know, the Bears will play tonight without sophomore forward Richard Solomon, who is expected to miss at least two games with a stress fracture in his left foot. Now the news, courtesy of assistant coach John Montgomery’s Twitter feed, is that senior guard Jorge Gutierrez is out. “A little short handed.. No Jorge & No Solomon and Harper has the flu against a very good UCSB team.” Word is Gutierrez is sick — either stomach flu or food poisoning. Will keep you posted.