Basketball: ASU game thread

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FINAL SCORE: Arizona State 66, Cal 62. The Bears, down 15 points with 8 minutes left, battled back to within 2 points but couldn’t get it done in Tempe. Freshman Tyrone Wallace scored nine of his career-high-equaling 16 points in the final 7:06 to spark the rally and Justin Cobbs hit a 3-pointer with 1:13 left, then another with 22.9 remaining as Cal cut it to 64-62. Evan Gordon, who scored 23 points for ASU, made one of two FTs. But Allen Crabbe lost the ball out of bounds with 10.9 seconds left — his second turnover in the final 40 seconds — and ASU held on.

Crabbe scored 16 points, 12 in the first half, along with seven rebounds, six assists and five turnovers. Cobbs had 13 points. Wallace had eight rebounds and three steals before fouling out in the final minute. Cal had 18 TOs and dug itself too big a hole in each half.  

From Robert Thurman’s Twitter account: “If we didn’t dig ourselves into a hole we would be such a hard team to play. Gotta get better and get that split.”

Cal dropped to 13-9, 5-5 in the Pac-12 and missed a chance to move into a tie for fourth place. It only gets tougher, as the Bears visit No. 7 Arizona on Sunday, then return home to face UCLA on Valentine’s Day. ASU improved to 18-5, 7-3 in the conference. 

HALFTIME: ASU 37, Cal 27.  The Sun Devils used a 15-1 surge over 8 minutes to build a 25-9 lead, fueled by seven Cal turnovers. The Bears answered with their own 10-0 burst, sparked by nine points from Allen Crabbe. That got Cal within 25-19, but the Sun Devils got 3-pointers from Evan Gordon and Jonathan Gilling to rebuild their lead before halftime. Cal shot 50 percent in the half, but turned the ball over 10 times. Crabbe, who attempted only one shot in the first 12 minutes of the game, would up with 12 points at the break. Gordon led the Sun Devils with 13 and center Ruslan Pateev scored eight off the bench.

NOTE: I am not in Tempe with the Bears for tonight’s game vs. Arizona State. But I will provide halftime and postgame wrapups.

Jeff Faraudo

  • 1brsfan

    So many chances down the stretch… We kept shooting ourselves on the foot! Coulda, shoulda stolen this game at the end.

  • joey

    Oh well, they competed. At least they aren’t giving up like before.

  • wehofx

    The negative TO to assist ratio killed us again. Stat sheet isn’t out yet but it felt like were terrible at the FT line 55% to 60%.

    But they did show heart and kept fighting on D. If we stole the game, it would have been because of the D.

  • Crawford

    NIT here we come…

  • Gobears49

    We desperately need to win against Arizona to finish in fourth or better, to get a first round bye in the Pac 12 tournament.

    Cal needs to work out some new wrinkles in its offense. They can’t seem to get Crabbe open (and when he’s open he sometimes decides not to shoot). I think Cobbs is an excellent shooter WHEN HE ISN’T BEING GUARDED CLOSELY (and thus doesn’t force his shot). He really is more of a shooting guard than a point guard anyway. I think they need to try to find some shots for him in their offense, which would take some pressure off of Crabbe and perhaps make him more effective. Wallace has been shooting better recently, but I don’t think he’s quite ready to be a go to guy.

    I don’t know what to say about our post game, which ranges from decent to poor. It’s nice to know we’re getting a 7 footer next year who can help us. Other teams seem to have them. We still need to try it to make the defense think about not putting so much pressure on the guards. Seems like once the ball goes into the post it stays there without much passing. The best inside game is when you can make good passes to end up with a layup or dunk.

    All in all, a pretty discouraging loss. But, as mentioned above, the team definitely did not quit, which gave them a chance to win at the end and win a game they didn’t deserve to win. Hopefully, that reflects lessons that have been learned from the recent games as home.

    A split in Arizona would be sweet. Go Bears!

  • The Wisdom Cow

    NIT may be aiming high, sadly.

    I do have to wonder what a game would be like where the good play begins in the first 10 minutes of a game rather than the last. Oh, wait, that was the last game vs. Oregon (which I didn’t get to see = FSN). I’d theorize they can only do this on games televised by FSN, but they stank up several of those, too.

  • daredevilfan

    Maybe Monty should alter their pregame warmups or something. We always seem to come out so cold and dig ourselves a hole. We gotta come out on fire!

  • BlakeStreetBear

    With Kreklow or (insert one more healthy active body here) we win this game. This is not the year of the Bear, Monty’s recruiting failures have caught up with the team again, just like last year. Hoping for 10-8 in the p12 and NIT home game(s).

    P’s and C’s report on Tuesday…another title run for the Giants!? And go A’s too…

  • rollonubears

    So glad for the world baseball classic. I can’t believe they’ll actually be playing spring games on 2/23. Life is good, and it’s just a few more months until football season.

  • Eric

    Love the WBC. Went to the US/Japan game in Anaheim in 2003, sitting in the Japanese fan section. It was awesome.

  • Gobears49

    Brining up Kreklow reminds me of something. I recently replied to someone about what the rules were to qualify for a medical redshirt, after looking up the rules.

    I think if you played less than 30% of the games during the year and stopped playing because of an injury you could qualify, BUT only if you did not play a game after midseason. I think Kreklow did, which is probably why Monty recently stated Kreklow could not get a medical redshirt year. If so, playing him after midseason may not have been a smart move, given his continual injury status. But I could be missing something in the rules, which could be more technical than described (I think if you type in the words “medical redshirt” in Google you will see a link to a Wikipedia article on this subject), so I could be wrong about this and maybe playing Kreklow after midseason did not affect whether he could qualify for a medical redshirt year.