I was not in Reno for the game today, but here’s a report:
FINAL: Cal 63, Nevada 56. Tyrone Wallace overcame a rough first half to score a career-high 29 points and lead the Bears’ comeback. Wallace was 1 for 9 from the field in the opening 20 minutes, but made 10 of 11 thereafter, to go with eight rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Wallace has scored at least 20 points the past three games and improved his season scoring average to 19.3 points.
Cal (7-1) is off to its best start since 2007-08.
The Bears got 11 points from David Kravish, making his 100th career start, his 96th in a row.
Cal played limited the Wolfpack (2-6) to 7 for 27 shooting in the second half. Nevada has lost six in a row.
The Bears played a clean game, turning the ball over a season-low three turnovers.
Christian Behrens contributed nine rebounds and Cal won despite getting just five points on 1 for 8 shooting from Jordan Mathews.
Nevada led 52-51 after a jumper by A.J. West with 4:34 left. But the hosts did not make another field goal the rest of the game, and the Bears outscored them 12-4 to close the game.
The Bears return home Wednesday to a face Wyoming (8-1), then remain at Haas to take on Princeton (3-6) on Saturday.
HALFTIME: Nevada 30, Cal 24
The Bears shooting 25 percent (7 for 28), including 1 for 9 by top scorer Tyrone Wallace.
All other stats are even: Rebounds are 20-20, turnover 3-3.
But Cal has missed at least four lauyps.
No Jabari Bird today, still out with a foot injury. Also not available is freshman guard Brandon Chauca, who was held out with an ankle sprain. Chauca gave the team a lift in his college debut Wednesday against Montana, contributing eight points and six assists.