Basketball: Colorado game thread

FINAL SCORE: Cal 57, Colorado 50. Bears move into tie for first place at 4-1. They are 14-4 overall, 12-0 at Haas. Kamp scored 14 points — his second-best scoring game of the night — and Cobbs had 12. The Bears won despite a 2 for 17 shooting night by Jorge Gutierrez. He combined with Crabbe and Cobbs to make just 7 of 35 attempts. But the Bears held Colorado to 32-percent shooting in the second half and forced 17 turnovers. Colorado (11-5, 3-1) played its first road game in 42 days.

1:04 2nd H: Cal was up 51-45 after a dunk by Solomon with 2:18 left. But Brown scored on a drive and Dufault — who had 19 points — nailed another 3-pointer and the margin is just 51-50.

4:00 2nd H: Cal leads 47-45 after a baseline jumper by Kamp, who has 12 points to lead the Bears. CU ball after the timeout.

7:20 2nd H: Cal led 42-37 after Crabbe made a fastbreak layup and FT with 9:34 left, but C

U has closed to 43-41 and is shooting two FTs. Montgomery has played his starters the entire second half so far. Wonder how long that continues?

11:51 2nd H: Cal down just 35-33 and Cobbs going to the FT line for 2. Crabbe hit a 3-pointer with 13:12 left — his first points of the night. Cobbs makes both — it’s tied.

15:35 2nd H: Cal has cut the lead to 31-28. The margin was just one point after a hook shot by Kravish, but CU countered with a putback dunk by Roberson that the entire Haas crowd — and Montgomery — was sure should have been waved off the offensive goaltending. Probably. But it’s a new game.

THIS SCORE JUST IN: Stanford held off Utah 68-65 at Maples.

HALFTIME SCORE: Colorado 29, Cal 22. Austin Dufault hit a 3-pointer with 8 seconds left in the half to boost the Buffaloes. Big issue for the Bears is their perimeter threesome of Gutierrez (1 for 10), Cobbs (1 for 5) and Crabbe (0 for 2) a combined 2 for 17. As poorly as Gutierrez is shooting, at least he’s getting some attempts. Crabbe isn’t part of the flow at all — CU doing a great job of taking him out so far.

3:26 1st H: Colorado leads 23-16 and the Bears should feel lucky it’s that close. Cal is shooting 27.3 percent (6 for 22) and the threesome of Gutierrez, Crabbe and Cobbs is a combined 1 for 12. Colorado has an 18-14 rebounding edge. Turnovers even at 5.

7:50 1st H: Buffs are very good defensively so far and keeping the Bears away from the offensive boards. Cal has gone seven straight possessions without scoring. Colorado leads 16-11. Bears are shooting 5 for 17 : 29.4 percent. Crabbe, Gutierrez and Cobbs — the Bears’ three leading scorers — are a combined 1 for 9.

11:55 1st H: It’s tied 11-11. Montgomery already substituting liberally. Had Thurman, Murray and Solomon in the game. Murray hit a 3-pointer and fed Cobbs for a layup. Gutierrez returning after a rest.

14:55 1st H: Colorado failed to score on its first four possessions, but 3-pointers by Brown and Roberson have given the Buffs a 6-4 lead. Kamp has both Cal baskets, both times off assists from Gutierrez. Bears are shooting 2 for 7 from the field.

LINEUPS: For Colorado, Andre Roberson, Austin Dufault, Carlon Brown, Spencer Dinwiddie and Nate Tomlinson. For Cal, Harper Kamp, David Kravish, Allen Crabbe, Jorge Gutierrez and Justin Cobbs.

THIS SCORE JUST IN: Arizona holds off Oregon State 81-73 in overtime at McKale. That’s five overtimes in two games for the Beavers, and nothing to show for it. Stanford leads Utah 30-23 at halftime. Oregon up 23-15 with 11 minutes left in the first half at ASU. 

SMITH UPDATE: Brandon Smith will not play tonight. Told me he didn’t pass the concussion test. Said he feels fine. Hopes to play Saturday vs. Utah.

WELCOME: Back at Haas Pavilion, where the Bears (13-4, 3-1 Pac-12) put their 11-0 home record on the line against a Buffaloes team (11-4, 3-0) that is playing outside Boulder for the first time in 42 days. Also on the line: First place. Be back with starting lineups.

Jeff Faraudo

  • DaveintheHills

    The first half was the ugliest basketball Cal has played all year (at home). The team showed major grit pulling this one out.

  • ken1w

    Harper was the hero of this game…!

    I think this Colorado team beats Stanford.

  • rob bear

    A win is a win is a win. We will take it! A lot of adversity tonight and when the clock read 4 zeros, we had more points than the U of Colorado. BEAT UTAH WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE!

  • discdude

    Agree…it’s a W. But give Colorado credit, instead of just saying it was “ugly Cal,” they locked down Crabbe almost the entire game. Just like Gutierrez has taken down some of the top scorers, Colorado just played great defense. Gutierrez did miss some open jumpers he would normally hit, though. All I can say is thank you Mr. Kamp!

  • jim crow

    Clearly CU had been under-rated by the pundits heading into this season. They are good and their coach is excellent.

    Judging from what they have been doing in conference and from seeing them in person last night, I would say that Coach Boyle may be the best coach in the conference, not counting Monty.

    And that kid, Roberson, is raw, but incredibly talented. Better than any Pac-12 player on the teams that I have seen play against the Bears this year (LA schools and Oregon on TV).

  • Mitchie V

    Ditto on the Colorado plaudits. That was a hustling team that played like they owned the place. Not looking forward to playing them in their gym.

    Hats off for Harper for a nice save.

  • covinared

    funny because this game came right after an article about Kamp’s diminished scoring role in the Cal scheme. Its a good sign that he took over when the others had off nights.

  • joey

    In the first half Cal sucked, CU sucked, the refs sucked, the crowd sucked and even the straw hat band was weak. At least everyone woke up a little in the second half. I hope I never see a game like that again.