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Basketball: UCLA game thread

Here’s my game story.

FINAL SCORE: Cal 73, UCLA 63. A good win for the Bears (20-6, 10-3), who hold onto at least a share of first place in the Pac-12, depending on how Washington fares Sunday at Oregon State. Justin Cobbs played one of his better games, finishing with 18 points and five assists — the last of those a pass to Allen Crabbe for a critical 3-point shot with 1:20 left. Cal had not made a field goal since 8:41 and Crabbe’s shot provided some breathing room and a 70-59 lead. Crabbe had 14 points and Gutierrez scored 13. Cal shot 52 percent for the game and held UCLA to 39.7 percent. The Bears completed their first regular-season sweep of the SoCal teams since 1958-59 and Mike Montgomery becomes the first Cal coach — ever — to post at least 20 victories in three of his first four seasons.

HALFTIME STATS: Cal shot 56 percent (14 for 25) in the half, UCLA just 34.5 percent (10 for 29). Each team made one 3-point basket, but Cal attempted only two and UCLA tried seven. Turnovers: Cal had eight, but only two after the first 8 minutes. UCLA had six TOs. Gutierrez leads Cal with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists. Anderson has seven for UCLA. Wmith has five points and four rebounds. Cal has 10 assists — the Bruins zero. Bears have an 18-15 rebounding edge. More later . . .

THIS SCORE JUST IN: Arizona improved to 9-4 in the Pac-12 with a surprisingly tough 70-61 win over Utah

HALFTIME SCORE: Cal 32, UCLA 26. Bears led 32-23 until Jerime Anderson hit a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left in the half. Cal hurt itself with turnovers early and trailed 13-8. Didn’t help matters that David Kravish picked up two fouls trying to guard Joshua Smith and was on the bench after 2 1/2 minutes. Kamp then got his second PF with 8:10 left, so Mike Montgomery cobbled together a frontline mix of Robert Thurman, Bak Bak and Christian Behrens. The Bears used a 13-2 run to take a 21-15 lead after a layup by Allen Crabbe with 8:33 left. Cal was outrunning the Bruins during that stretch — and not turning the ball over. UCLA made just one FG out of 11 tries during one span late in the half, but Cal kept sending the Bruins to the foul line, keeping the game close. The margin reached nine points when Bak scored a layup off a feed from Thurman with 25 seconds left in the half.

WELCOME: Online problems here at the ancient L.A. Sports Arena — so I’ve been unable to connect courtside. But it’s halftime now, so will give you a quick recap.

Jeff Faraudo

  • http://www.thewisdomcow.blogspot.com/ The Wisdom Cow

    Up 6 at the half.

    I feel sick, and I want to blame Jeff for telling the historic nature of a possible win before hand. Nice jinx, Jeff. Couldn’t just sit on that until afterwards, eh?

    Cal should be up by 15-20 points.

    UCLA has had some luck (and nice refs, too, like Smith leaning into Cobbs on that last pick), but you have to expect that in Pauley. I so hope I’m wrong, but this one feels like one of those outplay-UCLA-but-still-manage-to-lose games.

    It’s those little things, like the end of half three pointer and Crabbe missing the front of a 1 and 1, coupled with a Faraudo jinx, that have me pessimistic.

  • Rollonubears

    Wow! Some good hoops bears. Keep it up!

  • Rollonubears

    Well, maybe a jinx. Wide open shots. Come on guys.

  • Rollonubears

    Yes!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bears!

  • http://www.thewisdomcow.blogspot.com/ The Wisdom Cow

    Crabbe with maybe the most important wide open 3 of the season with 1:18 left on the clock to make UCLA need a serious string of offense to get back in it. I was sweating.

  • gobears91

    Go Bears! 20 wins and a sweep of the LA schools for the first time in a long time. Congrats!!

  • wehofx

    Balling!

  • daredevilfan

    When we play with poise and control, great things can happen. Excellent job Bears!

  • ken1w

    That was the most solid start-to-finish game (I’ve seen) by the Bears this year. The only problem was toward the end, when they started to play to run time off the clock. That slowed down the nice ongoing tempo, and the Bears seemed to “fall asleep” just a little. But it was overall a very strong and focused effort. It was impressive that they increased the lead in the first half, with both Kravish and Kamp on the bench with two fouls. Thurman was effective off the bench, once again.

  • rob bear

    You gotta tip your hat to Monty and this team. What a win! It’s almost as if we are playing with smoke and mirrors. We have no bench to speak of. We are literally playing with a center who could hide behind a tether ball poll (Kravish). Our best rebounder becomes academically ineligible at the start of conference play. Our best player outside of Gutierrez (Kamp) is playing on bad knees and last but not least, Monty had a brush with something much more serious than basketball at the beginning of the season. Through it all, with 5 games to go, we find ourselves 1/2 a game up in the first season of PAC 12 play. Thank YOU Bears for making life that much more wonderful. You really put the icing on my Thursdays and Saturdays. On to familiar ground at Haas Pavilion. Beat the Quacks & Beavers with EXTREME PREJUDICE. Monty for National Coach of the Year. Gutierrez for All-American!

  • Eric

    Coaching really can make a difference

  • ConcordBear

    Outstanding accomplishment for the program to be 4-0 against LA this year. Could get more in the tournament too!
    Cobbs had a great game, other than one lazy pass he played outstanding.
    I think his best performance in a big game as a Bear.
    Hope he’s prepared to be our leader down the stretch and keep the wins coming.
    Bears are in the mix for the championship!
    Cal fans need to come out and make Haas a zoo for Jorge, Harper and this teams final two home games.
    Any way we can, we must pack the Haas Th and Sat!
    Go Bears

  • covinared

    Was there at the historical sports arena. it was great to see the bruin fans get up and head towards the exits before Crabbe’s shot had made it all the way through the net.

  • milo

    Go Bears!

  • Mitchie V

    Nice sweep!

    Be interesting to see the Rankings on Monday.

  • ThisisCal

    Agree with Eric. Coaching can do wonders.