POSTGAME: Montgomery dismissed the notion that anything serious is wrong with Crabbe or Kamp. “Just a little sprain and a dislocated finger,” he said. “It’s basketball. Stuff’s going to happen.”
FINAL SCORE: CAL 68, ASU 47: The Bears (18-6, 8-3) retain a share of second place and avenge their first home defeat of the season. Cal is 15-1 at Haas. ASU (7-16, 3-8) had 20 turnovers.
2:45 2nd H: Word from Cal is Crabbe and Kamp are both underdoing X-rays immediately after the game.
2:45 2nd H: Cal leads 65-41. ASU has scored the past seven points after two FTs by Brandon Smith gave the Bears a 65-34 lead. Cal is 18 for 20 from the foul line today and 33 for 36 in two games this week. ASU has 19 turnovers and is shooting 35 percent.
6:56 2nd H: ASU just reached 30 points on two FTs by Kyle Cain. Moments later, Rossi nailed a 3-pointer for a 61-30 lead.
8:48 2nd H: Cal leads 58-28. Crabbe hit a 3-pointer, then was replaced by Alex Rossi. Wondering why he went back at all. He scored 19 points. Gutierrez has 10 points for Call. Kyle Cain has 12 points on 6 for 14 for ASU — the rest of the team is shooting 6 for 25.
11:38 2nd H: Crabbe returns to the floor. Cal leads 49-26. The margin was 49-22 a couple minutes ago.
14:37 2nd H: Cal leads 45-22. ASU up to 15 turnovers. The Sun Devils do lead the conference in this category, by the way, their place at the top (bottom?) seems safe for another day. The bigger news may be that Crabbe, who has 16 points, reached down and grabbed his right foot a few minutes ago, then hobbled off the court and to the training room. This is the same foot on which he wore a protective boot on Tuesday, skipping practice.
WOMEN’S WORLD: The Cal women (17-6, 8-3) beat Arizona State 67-62 in Tempe to maintain sole possession of second place in the Pac-12 standings.
ELSEWHERE AT THE HALF: Washington State leads UCLA 34-29 in Pullman, Wash., and Oregon State is up 38-25 at Salt Lake City.
HALFTIME SCORE: Cal 34, ASU 16, Crabbe 14. ASU is shooting 30 percent with 11 turnovers and that’s about all you need to know. The Sun Devils’ zone defense is competent enough, but their offense is so hopeless they have no chance. Cal isn’t even playing real well — 43 percent shooting and eight turnovers, but the Sun Devils seem to be no threat. PG Chris Colvin already has five TOs.
3:24 1st H: Another turnover, another timeout. Yawn. (ASU: 10 turnovers, 6 baskets). Cal leads 30-14. My guess is ASU doesn’t get to 30 points until about 11:05 left in the game. Let’s see. Got to find some way to make this entertaining.
5:50 1st H: Cal leads 28-14 and Gutierrez is shooting two. Crabbe has 12 points and ASU has nine turnovers. Seems like more. Like 43. This game is hideous.
8:26 1st H: Kamp returning.
THIS SCORE JUST IN: Arizona beat Stanford 56-43. The Cardinal shot 24.6 percent. Honest.
11:27 1st H: Cal leads 20-7. Bears actually a little sloppy with four turnovers — two ot them unforced. Too easy, too early and they appear relaxed. Maybe too much so. Cal shoooting 6 for 11, ASU 3 for 9. ASU’s zone defense is causing a slower pace. Not a work of art so far.
13:57 1st H: Kamp goes to the locker room holding his left hand. Just returned with two fingers taped.
15:51 1st H: Cal leads 13-1 and this may be over already. ASU turned the ball over three times before managing even a shot attempt. They are 0 for 3 from the field with five TOs. Crabbe already has nine points, six of them free throws, four of those with 17:27 left when he made two after being fouled on a drive and two more when ASU coach Herb Sendek tried real hard and finally got the technical foul he wanted.
LINEUPS: ASU is starting Chanse Creekmur, Carrick Felix, Chris Colvin, Jonathan Gilling and Jordan Bachynski. Cal will go with Justin Cobbs, Allen Crabbe, Jorge Gutierrez, David Kravish and Harper Kamp.
WELCOME: Back at Haas to watch the Bears (17-6, 7-3) take on the Sun Devils (7-15, 3-7). Cal is part of three-way tie for second place in the Pac-12 standings, Arizona State sits in 1oth place. This is the only meeting this season between the teams. Back with lineups soon.