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Basketball: Oregon game thread

FINAL SCORE: Cal 77, Oregon 60: Crabbe finished with a season-high 26 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. He was 6 for 8 from 3-point range and scored 23 points in the second half. Gutierrez had 18 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Cobbs played very well in the second half and wound up with 15 points and six assists. Richard Solomon was a difference-maker, contributing six points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots in 17 minutes. Cal improves to 13-4, 3-1 in the Pac-12, moving them into a three-way tie for second place. This was the Bears’ first true road win of the season in four tries. Next up Thursday at Haas Pavilion: Colorado, 3-0 and atop the Pac-12 standings, but about to play its first road conference game.

3:45 2nd H: Cal’s lead has swelled to 60-41 after Crabbe hit his fourth 3-pointer in 3 minutes, spanning just seven possessions. That capped a 13-0 run, which highlighted a 28-8 surge over eight minutes. But Oregon has battled back and now trails just 62-50. Cal ball after the timeout. Crabbe has 17, Gutierrez 16 and Solomon six points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.

10:39 2nd H: Cal leads 47-38 — its biggest edge of the game –after a 3-pointer from Crabbe and steal/layup by Cobbs. Oregon still shooting just 35 percent. Bears up to 43 percent.

11:54 2nd H: Cal has stretched the lead out to 42-35, thanks to more efficient offensive execution and Oregon’s willingness to turn the ball over nearly every possession. The Ducks have had the ball 11 times this half and given it away six times. They have five TOs on their past seven possessions. Meanwhile, the Bears are working more patiently against the zone and have scored on five of their past seven trips down the court. Gutierrez has 14 points, six rebounds and three assists.

15:22 2nd H: Cal leads 36-33 after a tipin by Kravish and a twisting layup by Gutierrez, whose 12 points lead all scorers. Both teams now shooting below 40 percent.

HALFTIME FUN:World high jump champion Jesse Williams — a 7-foot, 9 1/4-inch high jumper with a two step 50-inch vertical leap — just showed off serious hops during a halftime dunk competition. He’s only 6 feet tall and made it look hilariously easy. No doubt, his agent is just happy he didn’t sprain an ankle in an Olympic year.

HALFTIME: Cal 30, Oregon 27. The Bears held the Ducks without a field goal for 6:28 until Devoe Joseph made a very difficult jumper over defense by Cobbs with 2 seconds left in the half. Joseph, who had 30 vs. Stanford, has 2 points on 1 for 5. Oregon shooting 31.3 percent (10 for 32), including 1 for 6 from 3-point. Cal shooting 40 percent (14 for 35), just 1 of 7 from deep. Turnovers even at six each. Gutierrez has 10 points, five rebounds and a couple of assists (seemed like more) and is orchestrating everything that is working for Cal. Solomon has six points and eight rebounds. Cobbs and Crabbe are a combined 2 for 9.

3:41 1st H: Cal leads 24-23 after a tipin by Solomon. This game is available for the taking. Oregon cannot make a basket, but Cal continues to struggle scoring. Monty has tried just about everyone on his bench — Jeff Powers, Murray, Robert Thurman, now Bak. No continuity right now.

7:55 1st H: Cal leads 20-17. Montgomery took Gutierrez, either to give him a rest or to force his teammates to do something. Seemed to work on both counts. Cal has scored seven straight points, including a layup by Kamp and a 3-pointer by Crabbe for the lead. Cal shooting 47.4 percent, Oregon just 30.4 percent.

11:51 1st H: Gutierrez is playing hard, but the rest of the Bears seem either asleep or simply unsure of themselves. In other words, the Bears haven’t started playing well yet, but trail just 13-11. Gutierrez has eight points. The rest of the team has three. Richard Solomon and Emerson Murray are both in the game.

15:55 1st H:Oregon leads 6-3. Neither team very sharp so far. Bears are shooting 1 for 4 with two turnovers against an Oregon zone defense. The Ducks got four shots on their first possession and are shooting 3 for 10.

LINEUPS: Cal will start Harper Kamp, David Kravish, Jorge Gutierrez,  Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbs. Oregon goes with Tony Woods, E.J. Singler, Jeremy Jacob, Garrett Sim and Devoe Joseph.

WELCOME: My first look at Matthew Knight Arena — I didn’t make the trip here a year ago. Amazing what you can build these days for only $227 million. An impressive little joint. A big game for the Bears and the Ducks — a tie for second place in the Pac-12 to the winner. Brandon Smith (concussion) is in street clothes and not warming up. Will be back with lineups.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Batmansf

    I like the increased use of the bench. With Jorge and Cobbs on the team, any big man who can catch the ball and make layups is useful. So far Thurman is plenty good enough to get regular minutes in THIS league.

  • Batmansf

    Ok so he only used the bench in the first half, but still it’s important to get them some minutes when the game is still in doubt. GREAT road win!

  • Rollonubears

    Nice win. Nice defense! After seeing that stat about all the categories we’re
    Leading I’m offense, the d really stands out as the one thing we need to shore
    Up if we want to dominate the PAC.

    Go Bears

  • ken1w

    I thought Thurman contributed nicely in only 5 minutes of play, all in the first half when the game was really close. Two-for-two for 4 points and two rebounds.

    And it was great seeing Solomon back, grabbing all of those rebounds (and blocking shots) again. He looked good.

    On offense, the Bears seem to play more tentatively when it’s close. Once they have a comfortable lead, they loosen up a bit and more shots (especially the long ones) start falling. For example, Crabbe had 26 points total after only 3 in the first half.

  • Bears

    That’s how you win on the road!
    Crabbe being a monster and hitting daggers.
    Jorge playing like the senior star he is and Solomon coming back and giving the team what it needs from him as a big man.
    Great road win, glad we broke through and hope the guys know how to do now!
    Go Bears

  • milo

    Crabbe lit it up. Cal rebounded well and penetrated at will. Nice game.

    Cal controls its destiny with CU coming to Berkeley.

    Go Bears!

  • gobears49

    As the announcer of the game yesterday said, as I have been saying for months, Gutierrez for Pac-12 MVP! Having Cobb play shooting guard, allowing Jorge to play the point, shows his skills at that position, making it more likely that my second prediction — Jorge will make the final squad of an NBA team next year as a point guard — much more likely.