FINAL SCORE: Colorado 70, Cal 57. The Bears (23-7, 13-4) fall out of first place, dropping to 13-4 in the Pac-12, 23-7 overall. They now need Washington (20-8, 13-3) to lose either to USC or UCLA next week in Los Angeles to have a chance to gain a share of the title. Crabbe finished with 16 points, Cobbs 15 and Harper Kamp 13, including his first 3-pointer of the season. Gutierrez was held scoreless (0 for 7 FG) for the first time since Jan. 2, 2010. Cal shot just 38 percent and forced Colorado into only five turnovers.
3:41 2nd H: Cobbs hits two FTs and Cal trails 60-53.
7:24 2nd H: CU leads 55-49 and Dufault is going to the line for two FTs. The Bears’ problem right now isn’t their offense — heck, Kamp even made his first 3-pointer of the season a moment ago. Crabbe has 16 points, Kamp 13 and Cobbs 11. Gutierrez still scoreless on 0 for 6. But the Cal defense isn’t doing much to stop the Buffs, who seem to score when they need to.
12:31 2nd H: CU leads 46-35 after drive by Nate Tomlinson. The Bears are struggling to run their offense. The past two possessions they couldn’t get a shot until a desperation heave just before the shot-clock buzzer. CU is confident. Cal is tentative.
16:51 2nd H: Cal scoring a bit better this half, but CU answering each basket. Buffs lead 39-33 after layup by Kamp, who has 10 points, matching Crabbe’s total.
HALFTIME SCORE: Colorado 32, Cal 25. The Buffs’ lead reached 10 before Thurman scored a layup and Crabbe hit a 3-pointer. Then Jeremy Adams scored on a putback in traffic for CU which left Montgomery enraged at the officials. He was still fuming and directing daggers in their direction as the teams went off the court at halftime. Cal shooting 34.6 percent — almost exactly what the Bears did against CU in Berkeley. Crabbe, without a FG at Utah, has eight points and both of Cal’s 3-pointers. Kamp also has eight. Gutierrez has six rebounds, but is scoreless. CU shooting 42.9 percent. Andre Roberson has five points and seven rebounds for the Buffs. Kamp, Kravish and Thurman each with two PFs.
3:55 1st H: A 3-pointer by freshman Spencer Dinwiddie and CU leads 27-19 — biggest margin of the game. Cal shooting 7 for 21. That won’t get it done.
7:32 1st H: Colorado leads 20-15. Bears are shooting 5 for 17, and have missed all four of their 3-pointers since Crabbe hit one early. Gutierrez is 0 for 4. Nervous playing in front of Denver rooting section? CU shooting 8 for 17. Turnovers and rebounds about a wash so far.
11:58 1st H: Big disappointment Thursday and tonight — no Ralphie! How fun would it be for CU’s live mascot Buffalo to tear up and down the court during timeouts.
11:58 1st H: Buffs lead 11-9 and the place is louder than it was at anytime on Thursday, when Stanford jumped out to a 9-1 lead and took the crowd out of the game. Montgomery rotating seven players in and out to keep people fresh.
15:54 1st H: CU jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but Crabbe hit a 3-pointer and Kamp converted a layup off a feed from Gutierrez and it’s tied at 5-all. The Buffs shooting 2 for 7 after making their first two. Cal is also 2 for 7. No turnovers yet. Montgomery, wary of the elevation, subbed first — sending Brandon Smith and Robert Thurman in at 16:35.
LINEUPS: Cal will go with Justin Cobbs, Allen Crabbe, David Kravish, Harper Kamp and Jorge Gutierrez, who got a robush cheer during intros from the 200 students, parents and faculty from his alma mater of Lincoln HS in Denver. CU starts Nate Tomlinson, Carlon Brown, Spencer Dinwiddie, Andre Roberson and Austin Dufault.
WELCOME: We’re here at the Coors Events Center — elevation 5,345 feet — for Cal vs. Colorado. The Bears can inch ahead of idle Washington atop the Pac-12 standings with a win. The Buffaloes, coming off a horrendous 74-50 loss Thursday to Stanford, are 13-2 this season in this building. Will be back with lineups.