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FINAL SCORE: UCLA 79, Cal 65. The Bears (8-5, 0-1) drop their Pac-12 opener at renovated Pauley Pavilion. UCLA (11-3, 1-0) wins its sixth straight. Crabbe finished with 21 points to lead Cal, scoring 16 in the second half after shooting 2 for 9 in the opening 20 minutes.
Cal outrebounded the Bruins 45-37 and grabbed 20 off the offensive boards. But they turned those into just 10 second-chance points, finishing the game at 39.5 percent from the field. The Bears were without a 3-point basket for the second straight game, missing all 13 attempts. UCLA outscored Cal 12-0 from the 3-point arc and 23-5 at the FT line.
Justin Cobbs had 12 points and six assists, but shot 6 for 18. Richard Solomon had 11 points and 10 rebounds and David Kravish contributed nine points and 12 rebounds.
The Bears played without senior guard Brandon Smith (concussion) for the second straight game. Sophomore guard Ricky Kreklow, who had missed eight of the team’s first 12 games, played nine scoreless minutes before limping off the court for good early in the second half.
“It’s really hard right now. We don’t have a lot of options,” coach Mike Montgomery said afterward. “I thought the kids really competed and had we made a couple point-blank shots, it could have been a whole different outcome.”
13:14 2nd H: Wallace scores on a nice drive and Cal is within 49-43.
17:27 2nd H: UCLA opens half with 8-2 run, fueled by two Cal turnovers, and leads 46-30. Bears are in danger of getting blown out in their first trip to the new Pauley.
HALFTIME SCORE: UCLA 38, Cal 28. The Bruins close the half on a 17-7 run to forge a 10-point lead. Cal shot 37 percent in the half, and was 0 for 6 from 3-point. Crabbe was 2 for 9 and had five points in 19 minutes. Cobbs was 3 for 9 and scored six. That’s 5 for 18 for the Bears’ two best players. Travis Wear scored 11 points for UCLA, which shot 41.2 percent.
5:05 1st H: Solomon just missed a 3-pointer (why?) and Travis Wear answered with a 16-footer for UCLA, which is on a 9-2 run and leads 30-24.
7:54 1st H: UCLA leads 23-21. Cal was outscored 6-0 over 2:46, allowing Bruins to take 19-14 lead. But drive and FT by Crabbe and layup by Thurman got the Bears even. Cal shooting 10 for 21, but 0 f0r 4 from 3-pt; UCLA 9 for 21, 3 for 8 from deep.
11:47 1st H: Kreklow and Thurman into the game for Cal a couple minutes ago. Bears lead 14-13 on putback by Thurman. Bruins outscoring Cal 9-0 from 3-point arc and 2-0 from FT line. Otherwise, Cal has 14-2 edge. Bears going inside effectively.
15:51 1st H: Bruins finally scored on jumper by Travis Wear after starting 0 for 6. Cal leads 8-5.
17:38 1st H: Cal jumps to 6-0 lead, prompting timeout by Bruins. UCLA is shooting 0 for 4 with 2 turnovers.
LINEUPS: Cal will start Richard Solomon, David Kravish, Tyrone Wallace, Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbs. UCLA goes with Shabazz Muhammad, Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson, Travis Wear and Larry Drew II.
KREKLOW UPDATE: He is warming up, after all. But from where we’re sitting (virtually at the top of the joint) I didn’t recognize him with his new, shorter haircut.
WELCOME: Here at the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion (Nice, I guess, but hardly an earthshaking change) for tonight’s Pac-12 opener between Cal (8-4) and UCLA (10-3). Senior G Brandon Smith (concussion) remains out for the Bears. Sophomore G Ricky Kreklow (foot) was expected to dress, but did not see him warming up.