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Basketball: Creighton game thread

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FINAL SCORE: Creighton 74, Cal 64. Junior All-America forward Doug McDermott scored 34 points for the No. 16 Bluejays (10-1). Allen Crabbe missed his first 12 shots finished 6 for 26 with 14 points for Cal (6-3), which lost its third straight. Cobbs led Cal with 18 points and seven assists. He banged his head on a drive to the basket with 23 seconds left, but coach Mike Montgomery said afterward he believed he was OK. Freshman Tyrone Wallace had eight points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots before becoming one of three Cal players to foul out.

2:35 2nd H: Cal down 65-58 after putback by Cobbs, who has 13 points. McDermott has 28.

10:08 2nd H: Bears got within 46-43 when Crabbe hit a mid-range jumper with 11:45 left. But 3-pointers by McDermott (26 pts), Gibbs and Manigat on consecutive possessions and Creighton pushes the lead to 55-43 with 10:09 left. That’s a 9-0 run in 90 seconds.

14:32 2nd H: Replay of the start of the first half, as Cal misses its first 8 shots. Crabbe was 0 for 12 when he scored on a curl in the lane. But 3-pointers by Grant Gibbs and McDermott pushed Creighton in a 44-33 lead. Kravish just scored and will shoot 1 FT. It’s 44-35. McDermott has 23.

HALFTIME: Creighton 34, Cal 29. McDermott is shooting 6 for 8 and has 18 points. Very efficient. Smart, strong, sees the floor, always in the right place. Man, he’s very good. Cal still in the game despite shooting 32.4 percent (12 for 37). Crabbe is 0 for 9.

3:26 1st H: Creighton stretched lead back to 26-19, but putback by Tyrone Wallace gets Cal within 26-21. Both Cal frontcourt starters — Kravish and Solomon — have two fouls. Bears shooting 8 for 31. McDermott has 13 points on 5 for 6 from the field.

6:58 1st H: Cal down just 19-17, despite shooting 26.1 percent. Kreklow now defending McDermott — did a good job until Creighton star got loose for open 3-pointer. Solomon hit 3-pointer for Cal — the 4th of his career — bringing the Bears within 2 points.

11:47 1st H: Creighton leads 10-5. Cal shooting 2 for 15. Sheesh!  Ricky Kreklow entered the game with 12:48 left. A surprise, given that Mike Montgomery said Tuesday his injured foot was making little progress toward recovery.

15:53 1st H: Cal gets on the board when backup Robt Thurman scored on a layup with 16:14 left. Bears are shooting 1 for 11 and trail 8-2.

16:51 1st H: Creighton leads 8-0. McDermott has six points, Crabbe hasn’t taken a shot.

LINEUPS: Cal will start Allen Crabbe, Justin Cobbs, Brandon Smith, David Kravish and Richard Solomon. Creighton goes with Gregory Echenique, Doug McDermott, Grant Gibbs, Jahenns Manigat and Austin Chatman.

IN THE HAAS: Cal’s career scoring leader Jerome Randle on hand tonight, along with former teammate Markhuri Sanders-Frison.

WELCOME: Cal (6-2) and No. 16 Creighton (9-1) are set to tip off at Haas Pavilion. Will be back with starting lineups.

Jeff Faraudo