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Basketball: WSU game thread

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FINAL SCORE: Cal 67, Washington State 54. Wallace scores a career-high 16 points for Cal, including the Bears’ only two field goals in the final 11:43. Wallace had not scored in Cal’s two most recent home hames. Cal made 17 of its final 20 free throws to ice the win. Crabbe had 14 points, Cobbs had 10 — all in the second half. Cal improves to 10-6, 2-2 in the Pac-12. Cal tied school record with 11 blocked shots, including six by Richard Solomon, who also had seven points and eight rebounds. Cal won despite having more turnovers (19) than field goals (18). Bears finished 28 of 36 from the FT line. WSU (9-7, 0-3) shot 33 percent and was 4 of 18 from the 3-point line. Motum scored 16 points, but was held to 5 for 14. 

5:48 2nd H: Cal has gone 10 possessions w/o a field goal and still leads 52-49.

7:27 2nd H: The Bears had the lead up to 50-43 after two FTs by Crabbe, but Dexterm Kernich-Drew hit a 3-pointer and Cougs are within 50-46. Bears have gone nine possessions without a field goal . . . and still lead. I’m telling you, a strange game.

12:24 1st H: Cal leads 44-41 following a baseline jumper by Bak Bak, who has a season-high five points off the bench. Moments earlier, Cobbs attempted his first shot of the game and made it — a 16-foot pull-up jumper with 14:47 left. Then he fed Solomon for a layup. Crowd coming alive after snoozefest for most of the afternoon.

15:53 2nd H: A putback and 3-pointer by Brock Motum and WSU leads 37-36. Crabbe scored on Cal’s first two possessions of the half, and actually appears to be trying to do too much. That’s something of a switch for him. Has a turnover and almost a second. Cobbs still has not attempted a shot. Not sure what to make of this game, but it doesn’t have a comfortable feel.

HALFTIME SCORE: Cal 29, WSU 27. A bad half of basketball. Cal took the lead on a putback off a scramble for loose offensive rebound by Robt Thurman with 6 secs left in half. Cal shooting 43 percent with 10 turnovers. Bears completely out of sync on offense. They had six turnovers on their final nine possessions of he half covering the final 6 minutes. Crabbe has taken two shots — made one. Cobbs, who shot terribly in recent games, has not attempted one. Ty Wallace leads Bears with seven points. WSU shooting 35.7 percent, including 1 for 8 from 3-point. Brock Motum has 10 points, but has had to work for them. 

3:59 1st H: WSU leads 24-22. Cal’s past four possessions have ended with turnovers. Bears have eight turnovers, seven field goals. Not a workable equation.

5:21 st H: We’re tied at 22-all. Cal offense sputtering — Cobbs hasn’t taken a shot and Crabbe is 1 for 2.

7:49 1st H: Cal leads 17-16 in what, so far, has been a fairly unwatchable game. Cal has not made a field goal since Wallace’s 3-pointer with 13:21 left. Biggest cheer of the afternoon just now for new Cal football coach Sonny Dykes, introduced along with several members of his staff.

11:50 2nd H: Crabbe returned to the game and appears fine. But he just picked up his second personal foul. Cal leads 14-9.  Cal football recruits at Haas, including QB Jared Goff, set for mid-year arrival when second semester begins.

15:42 1st H: Bears lead 6-5, but Crabbe is on the sidelines with some sort of ailment. He seemed to limp off the floor with 16:22 left, but medical staff then was working on his right hand or wrist. He’s still not returning after the timeout.

LINEUPS: WSU will start Brock Motum, D.J. Shelton, Mike Ladd, DaVonte Lacy and Royce Woolridge. Cal goes with Allen Crabbe, Justin Cobbs, Jeff Powers, David Kravish and Robert Thurman. First start of the season for Powers, a junior walk-on from De La Salle HS. Still no Brandon Smith or Ricky Kreklow available to play.

WELCOME: Cal (9-6, 1-2) takes on Washington State (9-6, 0-2) this afternoon, otherwise known as the 49ers-Packers pregame show. Tipoff is 1 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.

Jeff Faraudo