21-0 Run Helps Bears Conquer Colonials
By Brandon Singer
The California men’s basketball team earned their first win of the Progressive CBE Classic when they bested George Washington, 81-54, on Nov. 13. The Golden Bears’ 21-0 run to close the first half put them in control, and they maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half. Sophomore guard Allen Crabbe led the way for the Bears with 21 points, including 5-for-8 shooting from three-point range.
The critical run to end the first half forced three timeouts by the Colonials, but that did little to slow the Bears’ momentum. Sophomore guard Justin Cobbs had eight of his 16 points during the stretch, including two three-pointers. Cobbs also tied with senior guard Jorge Gutierrez to lead the team with five assists, each.
While Cal’s offense took off after a sluggish start to the game, it was defense that created the separation, going into halftime. After a three-pointer by George Washington’s Tony Taylor, gave the Colonials a slim lead, 19-18, with 6:23 remaining in the half, the Bears’ defense clamped down, and held them scoreless until after the break.
“I think you all know about Jorge [Gutierrez] and how good he is, defensively, and gets into guys’ heads and so forth,” Cal head coach Mike Montgomery said. “I think the guy you don’t notice, as much, that’s doing a tremendous job is Harper [Kamp]. If you watch Harper, he’s always helping. He’s always in a position. He knows exactly what is going on, and he sees who is open.”
Kamp had eight rebounds on the night, trailing only freshman forward David Kravish’s nine. Kravish saw increased playing time after starter Richard Solomon got into early foul trouble. Limited to only 12 minutes of play, Solomon still pulled down five boards and had two blocks.
After the win over the Colonials and a win in their regular-season opener over UC Irvine, 77-56, on Nov. 11, the Bears hope to carry momentum into their next Progressive CBE Classic contest tonight against Austin Peay.