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Basketball: Dayton blasts Bears in Maui

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.

Jeff Faraudo

  • SteveNTexas

    Dayton is a deceptively good team but it’s hard to justify losing to them by 18 points. We should have had more fans there than Dayton but even on a neutral court 18 points is a bad loss to an un-ranked team. on the other hand had Dayton not lost to Baylor they might have been ranked next week.

  • joey

    Great that Cobbs scored 31 but he has to be a much better point guard than he was. 2 assists and 3 turnovers is really poor for a PG. The team play looked like Cal of old.

  • Gobears49

    Didn’t watch the game, but did listen to a good portion of it on the radio. The announcers were saying that Cal was essentially playing one-on-one gym rat ball a lot of the time, which apparently Monty allows them to do. During the post-game interview on the radio, Monty essentially indicated that, right now, Bird is playing catch and shoot basketball and is not creating his own shots, but didn’t get the ball in his spots today to be effective at catch and shoot. This is disappointing to me, as I thought he was more of a slasher/creator. But maybe that will come later this season as he adjusts more to college ball.

  • SteveNTexas

    We will certainly improve as will our competition. We have ways to go if we are to make the NCAA’s but it’s certainly doable and should be expected.

    I watch Indiana with 4 new starters try to work out its lineup (two of last year’s starters left early but graduated) and expect them to make the tourney too. Last year Syracuse beat both Cal and IU and they are likely to do it again Ugn. They won’t be IU next year.

  • Juancho

    Happy thanksgiving to Jeff and the brothers.

  • Dan

    Happy Thanksgiving to all-

    I’m thankful today for so many reason, but to be BearTalk specific, I’m very thankful for this blog, this forum, this place to come and stay up to date with all things Cal sports related, all the great and at times not so great thought, ideas, opinions, etc.

    A special thanks to JF- Jeff you do a TREMENDOUS job with this both on the front end by giving us great content, but also go the extra mile answering questions and occasionally joining in the silliness. I was bummed when JO was gone, but you stepped in and filled that void and took it to a whole new level of excellence. Hope your turkey is extra special this year.

    A special thanks to my 2 favorites on here-

    Juancho – the spiritual leader and voice of hope, optimism, knowledge, diligence and
    humor.

    And Eric, who, IMO, contributes the most thoughtful, well written, on point, classy posts on here. Of course, I am probably a wee bit biased as I always agree with his point of view. But Eric you always say it much more eloquently than I could, but I’m guessing that’s because you had the privilege of getting a Cal degree and I’m a lowly state school guy.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow BearTalk brethren, I today is special to all.

    And if you’re bored later today, stuffed and sick of football- probably not possible, I know, lol- check out my Aztecs in the Wooden Legacy at 5:30 on ESPNU… We need all the viewers, and hopefully supporters, we can get. The team is fun and frustrating to watch- fun on D as the boys use their length and athleticism to flat out get after it, and frustrating
    on O- as usual.

    I’m crazy about them, just like I have been over Cal for the last 30+ years. I’m thankful for it all, I hope you have have much to be thankful for and are tremendously blessed today, and every day. Hope I wasn’t too corny, lol.

  • Daredevil fan

    Happy turkey day to all me fellow brothers in pain. I am especially thankful today that potatoes need to be peeled. It is the perfect football watching job.

  • Rob Bear

    Third game in three nights. Not a good recipe for a young team on the road during this time of the year. Bears lost to two pretty good teams without Solomon. A lot of video to break down for the staff. We will get better. We are in a tough conference this year. Solomon, Cobbs, Kreklow and Kravish have all shown that they can play with anyone. Finding that 5th – 8th is the key right now. Matthews, Bird and Wallace are the ones that will need to fill critical minutes when we get into foul trouble or start playing two conference games over a 3 day period. I am overly optimistic that this team can contend for the conference title. Go Bears!

  • gc

    Can you write a new article because, “Basketball: Dayton blasts Bears in Maui” is wearing thin at the top. How about putting GO BEARS or something.