FINAL SCORE: Cal 67, Fresno State 56. Solomon finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds and the Bears (8-3) improved to 7-0 at home. Cobbs had 13 points, Wallace 12 and Kreklow 11 for the Bears, who return to action a week from Sunday at Creighton.
The win was the 665th of Mike Montgomery’s career, pushing him one past John Wooden into sole possession of 27th place on the all-time Division I list.
Cobbs had four assists to climb into seventh all-time at Cal with 397. Solomon shot 7 for 9 from the floor while the rest of his teammates combined to shoot 19 for 52.
3:50 2nd H: Solomon, already with 13 points and 13 rebounds, going to the FT line for a pair with Cal leading 56-47. The Bears had missed their past four FTs, but Solomon makes both and the lead is 58-47.
7:17 2nd H: A layup by Wallace off a steal and assist by freshman Sam Singer and the Cal lead is 52-42. Kravish and Solomon both have 10 rebounds.
11:20 2nd H: A fastbreak layup and free throw by Kreklow pushes Cal to a 43-35 lead, but it hasn’t been pretty. Cal shooting 39 percent, Fresno just under 30 percent. Kreklow has nine points, four rebounds and four assists. Solomon 11 points and nine rebounds.
15:13 2nd H: It didn’t figure that FSU’s Harris — who leads the team with an 18.4 ppg scoring average — would keep missing all day. He hasn’t. Scored on a dunk and 3-pointer on consecutive possessions and the Bulldogs are withibn 34-32. Cal looking fairly inept on offense right now. Five turnovers already in the half.
18:16 2nd H: Well, whatever was said at halftime didn’t change things much. At least for the Bears. Fresno has outscored Cal 6-2 to open the second half and trails just 30-27. For some reasons, James Harden still is here. Can’t imagine why. More understandably, Monty calls timeout.
HALFTIME: Cal 28, Fresno State 21. A ragged first half and one that won’t please Cal coach Mike Montgomery. The Bulldogs shot just 26.7 percent (8 for 30) and their top two scorers — Marvelle Harris and Cezar Guerrero — were a combined 0 for 12. Yet, this is still somehow a game. Cal made 4 of its first 6 shots, then just 8 of 28 the rest of the half for 35.3 percent. Solomon has nine points and six rebounds. No one else has been terribly dependable on offense.
3:57 1st H: Kreklow followed Cobbs’ 3-pointer with one of his own and Solomon flushed a follow dunk, stretching Cal’s lead to 22-10. Solomon has eight points and six assists, but now is resting. Cal up 24-15. FSU shooting 24 percent.
7:09 1st H: Hot early, Cal cooled also and Fresno State pulled within 14-10 before Cobbs just nailed a 3-pointer for a 17-10 lead. The Bears are making just 36.4 percent of their shots, but the Bulldogs continue to struggle at 25 percent. Watching from courtside: ex-Arizona State star and Houston Rockets guard James Harden.
10:51 1st H: Bears lead 12-4, but the margin could be much greater. Cal has made just 2 of its past 10 shots, but Fresno has been worse. The Bulldogs are 2 for 14 for the game.
15:51 1st H: Cal’s lead reached 8-0 before Johnson ended the drought for FSU with a driving layup at 16:10. Otherwise, the Bulldogs are taking lots of quick, perimeter shots. Cal 4 for 6 from the field, FSU 1 for 6. Ir’s 8-2 Cal.
17:40 1st H: Cal leads 6-0 after a fastbreak layup by Walplace and a Solomon dunk off a Wallace feed. Fresno St has two turnovers and two missed free throws.
THE LOOK: Cal is wearing gray uniforms with dark blue numbers trimmed in gold. A sharp look for a weekend matinee.
LINEUPS: Cal shuffling its starting five again: Justin Cobbs, Tyrone Wallace, Ricky Kreklow, David Kravish and Richard Solomon. Fresno State welcomes back senior guard Tyler Johnson of Mountain View, returning to the lineup after a four-game absence due to a foot injury. Completing the Bulldogs’ starting five are Cezar Guerrero, Alex Davis, Paul Watson and Marvelle Harris.
WELCOME: Back at Haas Pavilion for the Bears’ first weekend home game of the season. Cal (7-3) faces Fresno State (6-4) in a game that will tip off at 3 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks.