FINAL SCORE: Texas 71, Cal 55. The Bears (3-1) battled, but simply could not cope with the Longhorns’ size and strength. Texas’ frontcourt players scored 45 points to 24 for the Bears’ counterparts. Kravish had 19 of those, despite foul trouble. Christian Behrens and Kingsley Okoroh, the Bears’ other two big men, combined for five points, two rebounds and nine fouls. Forward Jonathan Holmes had 21 points and 12 rebounds for 10th-ranked Texas (4-0).
Cal shot 32.3 percent (20-for-62) and didn’t get enough from its three guards to offset the Longhorns’ size. The Bears got a little more in transition in the second half, but Texas’ defense was strong start to finish. Tyrone Wallace’s energy fueled the Bears midway through the second half. He finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists, but shot 5 for 15.
Jordan Mathews and Jabari Bird, who combined for 38 points the night before against Syracuse, totaled 15 on 5 for 20 from the field.
Cal was outrebounded 44-34, had just nine assists and missed 10 free throws.
7:48 2nd H: Texas 54, Cal 42. Wallace scored nine straight Cal points at one stretch, but the Bears have no rhythm and little ball movement on offense. Behrens has fouled out. Texas keeping the Bears at arm’s length. Wallace and Kravish each with 13 points. Everyone else has combined for 16. Cal shooting 30 percent.
12:23 2nd H: Texas 43, Cal 36. Behrens just picked up his fourth foul and sits. Okoroh already with four.
13:30 2nd H: Texas 43, Cal 36. Back-to-back baskets by hustling Ty Wallace and Cal staying in it. He has nine points, seven rebounds, four assists.
15:59 2nd H: Texas 38, Cal 29. Cal got within six points twice, most recently when Bird hit a pullup jumper to make it 35-29. But Kendal Yancy answered immediately with a 3-pointer and the lead is nine again.
HALFTIME: Texas 31, Cal 21. Too much Texas length and defense. The Bears are shooting 24.1 percent (7 for 29). Take away David Kravish, who is 4 for 9 and has 11 points, and the rest of the team is 3 for 20. Cal’s three guards, who got so many accolades after their excellent performance against Syracuse, have combined to shoot 3 for 15. The Bears cannot win with Wallace, Bird and Mathews held in check that way.
Texas owns a 27-18 rebounding edge, including eight offensive boards. Longhorns hardly burning up the nets — 11 for 32 for 34.4 percent – but they are in charge. Points in the paint: Texas 14-4.