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Cal holds court to stays perfect in Pac-12

By Alanah Anderson

Berkeley, Calif.  1/18/14  – The California Golden Bears hold on to their perfect Pac-12 record with a 76-55 over the Washington State Cougars (8-10, 1-5 Pac-12).  Cal (14-4, 5-0 Pac-12) struggled out of the gate as WSU took an early 8-point lead in the first 9 minutes. Cal responded immediately going on a 14-0 run, that included 2 threes by senior Justin Cobbs, to take a 24-18 lead. 

The Bears owned the second half, outscoring the Cougars 42 – 22 to mount a 21-point victory. Cobbs and sophomore swingman Tyrone Wallace led the Bear attack on both the offensive and defensive ends.  Cobbs had a team-high 16 points to complement 7 assists in 36 minutes.  While Wallace finished with an all-around game of 13 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 4 steals.

“He does a little bit of everything.  He’s been a really good player,” Cal Coach Mike Montgomery acknowledged.  “We’ve taken him and put him on a guard and utilized his size.  He’s quick enough to keep the guard out of the paint, but his size then keeps the guard from doing much, because he’s big and that really helps us.”  He’s been making shots.  He’s -1-for-4 today from three, but he’s been making shots and he’s done a great job getting to the basket.  He’s been doing a little bit of everything.

Cal Wallace stealWallace’s quick hands helped the spur the first half run.  With the Huskies up 7 with 10:56 in the half, Wallace nailed a jumper.  Then on the ensuing sequence Wallace got in the passing lane when the Huskies were inbounding the ball under their basket and deflected the ball to Cobbs who instinctively threw a wrap-around pass ahead to Wallace for the dunk.

“The crowd got excited about it. It was a nice play,” Coach Montgomery stated.  “That was a play he (Cobbs) recognized that, one, I have to work to get it and two he knew that Ty(rone) was stripped going down the floor.  (Cobbs) is a good player and he needs to do that and do whatever it takes in his position to get us to have a chance to win.”

Cal’s senior center Richard Solomon had another solid game on both sides of the ball as well.  He finished with 3 blocks and 2 steals to go with 12 points and 9 rebounds, one shy of his 10.3 boards a game which leads the Pac-12. 

Solomon helped maintain Cal’s 13-2 second half run that shut the door on Washington.  With the Bears up 46-35 at the 13:13 mark Solomon retrieved a offensive rebound from a Cobbs missed and followed it up with a dunk.  The next two times down freshman guard Jordan Mathews assisted Solomon on two more slams to increase the lead to 15.  Mathews who added 7 points and 3 assists, completed the run with a layup, assisted by Wallace, to give the Bears a comfortable 54-37 lead.



 


 

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

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