FINAL SCORE: Cal 83, Coppin State 64. Freshman Jabari Bird filled the stat sheet in his debut, contributing 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots. Wallace scored a career-high 20 points for the Bears, adding six rebounds and seven assists, and Justin Cobbs scored 16. Solomon had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears.
6:27 2nd H: Bird has scored 3 of Bears’ past 4 baskets, but Coppin State not going away. Cal leads 67-56.
13:01 2nd H: Cal leads 57-37 after fastbreak dunk by Solomon off Cobbs feed.
15:24 2nd H:Cal stretches lead to 51-32 after dunk by Solomon. Cobbs assisted on a fastbreak dunk by Wallace and converted a drive and free throw. Bears showing a little full-court pressure early in the half, something Monty’s teams haven’t often done. We’ll see where it leads.
HALFTIME: Cal leads 43-28 after Tyrone Wallace’s third 3-pointer of the half, just before the buzzer. Wallace, who shot 22.8 percent from the 3-point arc last season, is 3 for 5 tonight. He has 13 points, five assists and four rebounds. Kreklow has eight points and all five freshmen have played, contributing a total of 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Cal is shooting 44 percent, including 8 for 18 from the 3-point line.
3:50 1st H: Cal leads 36-23 after fastbreak layup and free throw by Wallace, who played a long stretch at PG and also has five assists. A pair of 3-pointers by Bird and the freshmen have contributed 12 points, six rebounds and three assists so far.
7:52 1st H: The freshmen arrive. Bird wows the crowd with a spectacular block . . . alas, a goaltend. Then he goes up to steal the ball from a Coppin St. player trying to put up a shot. Jordan Mathews came in and hit a 3-poiner, and has made 3 of 4 FTs since. An alley-oop pass from Bird to Richard Solomon on the fast break. Cal leads 25-15.
11:54 1st H: Bears lead 17-11. Jabari Bird entered the game for David Kravish with 13:33 left. Has not taken a shot yet. Cal shooting 47 percent so far, Coppin State 33 percent.
15:22 1st H: Two 3-pointers by Ricky Kreklow and one by Tyrone Wallace and the Bears lead 15-8.
Welcome from Haas Pavilion, where the Golden Bears open their season tonight against Coppin State, visiting from Baltimore.
It’s the start of coach Mike Montgomery’s sixth season and the debut of five Cal freshmen, including former Salesian HS All-American Jabari Bird.
STARTING LINEUPS: Coppin State will start Taariq Cephas, Andre Armstrong, Sterling Smith (from Chico!), Dallas Gary and Brandon St. Louis. Cal will start Tyrone Wallace, Justin Cobbs, Ricky Kreklow, David Kravish and Richard Solomon.