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Cal wins battle of hot hands over Nevada

By Monica Guzman

Cal CobbsBerkeley 12/10/13 -- The California Golden Bears (7-3) and the Nevada Wolfpack (4-6) both scorched the nets shooting over 55-percent from the field for the game.  It was Cal’s balanced scoring that gave them the edge for a 92-84 win in front of 8,679 home fans.   The Bears leveraged 6 players in double-figures by moving the ball and accumulating 19 assists as a team.

Senior point guard Justin Cobbs lead the Bears attack with 8 assists to go with his 15 points.  He also had his hands full of the defensive end guarding his former Los Angeles friend, senior Deonte Burton, who led the Wolfpack with a game-high 26 points to go with 5 assists and 7 rebounds.

“We played against each other many times,” Cobbs acknowledged.  “He’s one of my childhood friends.” 

Cobbs and BurtonHe wasn’t too friendly tonight slicing, dicing and flying to the rim to hammer a few monster jams.   Burton launched from all over the court landing 50-percent of his shots (9-of-18) from the field. Burton had an edge on Cobbs on his home court, which seemed to aggravate the Cal guard.  They even got into a little squeamish when the refs had to intervene.

“I wouldn’t say he got under my skin,” Cobb laughed.  “I just want to win and he did a good job getting body contact.”

Forward David Kravish and freshman Jabari Bird paced the Bears with 16 points each.  Richard Solomon and Tyrone Wallace added 14 points and freshman Jordan Mathews contributed 13 points to round out the double-digit scorers.

“My role is even more on distributing now, because we have so many weapons,” Cobb said.  “That makes us so dangerous we have guys like Jordan, Jabari, Ricky and Tyrone.
Cal Bird three pointerStandout wingman Bird gave the Bears a huge second half lift scoring 12 points in the period including 2 threes.   Bird who was a top-20 recruit and played his prep career at Salesian High in Richmond has made Coach Mike Montgomery a happy camper by staying at home.

Nevada kept in striking distance most of the game and cut the lead to 7 with 4:43 remaining.  Then Cobb took over the next 2 minutes hitting a jumper, nailing a three and assisting Wallace with his three pointer to spark a Cal 8-0 run to give them an 86-71 lead at the 2:30 mark, which put the game away.


The Wolfpack has now lost 4 of their past five contests, three of them are at the hands of UC schools (Cal, UCLA and Davis).  Now they get to go back home with an opportunity to improve their record over the next three games.

Cal will be pitted against Fresno State on Saturday at Haas Pavilion with a 3PM start time.










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