Justin Cobbs scored a career-high 31 points, but Cal was overpowered 82-64 by Dayton in the third-place game of the Maui Invitational.
David Kravish had another solid game, contributing 12 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots. The junior forward averaged 15.3 points in the three-game event.
“We came out and they were just busting our butts from the get-go,” Kravish said. “They were playing way harder than us from the beginning.
“I think we recognized that toward the end of the first half we started playing harder and got it marginally closer, but in the second half they kept the tempo up and they were beating us up and down the floor.”
The Bears (5-2) played a second straight game without senior forward Richard Solomon, who suffered a corneal abrasion two days ago and watched the game from the bench.
It was a tough night for freshman Jabari Bird, who shot 1 for 7 and scored just six points.
Coach Mike Montgomery was impressed by the Flyers.
“That’s a good basketball team,” he said. “They were obviously very well prepared. They were fired up. I think they were probably a little bit upset with yesterday and losing (to Baylor) and giving up a lead. They were the better team today and clearly the more aggressive team.”
Dayton (6-2) turned the ball over just four times and had a 52-8 edge in bench scoring.
“I’d just assume they left their starters in to be honest with you. They killed us off the bench,” Montgomery said. “They had 15 fast breakpoints; we had
zero. You cannot win a basketball game if you don’t run a break and get some points off the break.”
Cobbs was selected to the all-tournament team.
Cal returns to action at home against UC Irvine.