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FINAL SCORE: Cal 77, Denver 50. Wallace scored 16 points, Kravish 15 and Solomon had a career-high 16 rebounds as the Bears (2-0) won easily. Cobbs had 10 points and six assists before leaving the game. Bird, scoreless at halftime, finished with eight points, as did fellow freshman Sam Singer. Cal returns to action Friday at home against Oakland (0-2). Tipoff is 8 p.m.
UPDATE: Coach Mike Montgomery said after the game that Cobbs’ left knee is fine and he expects the senior PG to play Friday against Oakland.
3:09 2nd H: Cobbs returned to the bench a couple minutes ago, his left knee wrapped in ice. Cal leads 68-45. Solomon has a career-high 16 rebounds. Wallace has 16 points and Kravish has 15. Cobbs had 10 points and six assists before leaving. Bears holding Denver to 33-percent shooting.
8:27 2nd H: Cobbs goes down awkwardly and stays on floor for 2 minutes. Holding his left knee. Finally walks (limps) off the floor with help, and into the locker room. Bears hold their breath.
10:41 2nd H: The Pioneers have hit four 3-pointers this half and twice got within 14. But Cal leads 53-37, thanks to 15 points from Kravish, 12 from Wallace and 13 rebounds by Solomon.
15:34 2nd H: Jabari Bird with a smooth LH layup — his first two points of the game. Cal leads 44-25.
17:46 2nd H: A steal, layup and free throw by Wallace (who has 10 points) pushed Cal’s lead to 40-22. But Udofia hit a 3-pointer for the Pioneers. It’s Cal 40-25.
RECRUITING UPDATE: Wednesday is the start of the fall signing period and 7-footer Thomas Welsh, a 4-star prospect from Loyola HS in Los Angeles, just told me he hasn’t yet made a decision. Likely in the next couple days, he said. Cal has been after him hard.
HALFTIME: Cal 35, Denver 18. The Bears led by 22 points until the final 30 seconds of the half, when the Pioneers scored the final five points of the half. Kravish leads the Bears with 11 points and Solomon has 10 rebounds. Cal shooting 59 percent from the field. Denver is at 21 percent, including 2 for 13 from the 3-point line. Cam Griffin has 10 points for the Pioneers; the rest of his team has eight points on combined 2 for 17 from the field.
3:46 1st H: Cal leads 27-11. Solomon with six points and eight rebounds. Denver still have some difficulty finding the basket: 4 for 20, including 1 for 11 from 3-point. I got a feeling the Duke-Kansas game might be just a little bit better than this one.
7:40 1st H: Beautiful bounce pass from Wallace to Solomon for a dunk and Cal leads 24-5. The Pioneers are shooting 2 for 14, 0 for 8 from deep and have as many turnovers as points. That won’t work. Cal shooting 10 for 13, without a basket outside the lane.
10:24 1st H: Cal leads 19-5 as the Pioneers cannot find the basket. Denver shooting 2 for 12 from the field, 0 for 7 from beyond the arc. Kravish already halfway to his career high of 18 with nine points. Solomon has four points and five rebounds. Ricky Kreklow on the bench with two fouls.
15:38 1st H: Cal leads 6-0 as the Pioneers have failed to convert on their first six possessions. Denver shooting 0 for 5 with a turnover. Cal taking the ball inside to maximize their size advantage: Kravish with a pair of baskets in the lane, Solomon with one.
STARTING LINEUPS: Mike Montgomery makes a change: Freshman Jabari Bird to start in place of Ricky Kreklow. Rest of the lineup the same: Justin Cobbs, Tyrone Wallace, David Kravish and Richard Solomon. Denver’s starting five: Jalen Love, Brett Olson, Marcus Byrd, Cam Griffin and Chris Udofia.
WELCOME: Here at Haas Pavilion as the Bears (1-0) take on the Denver Pioneers (0-0) of the Summit League.
The schools have met four times previously, with Cal winning all four.
Will be back with the Bears’ starting lineup.