Cal Coasts Past Northridge 80-63 in Season Opener

Cal Coasts Past Northridge 80-63 in Season Opener

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BERKELEY (AP) -- Jorge Gutierrez had a career-high 18 points and eight assists, Markhuri Sanders-Frison added 15 points and 10 rebounds and California won its season opener 80-63 over Cal State Northridge on Tuesday night.

Gutierrez, the lone remaining starter from last year's Pac-10 championship team, took only four shots but made 13 of 15 free throws. Eight came in the final seven minutes for the Golden Bears, who extended their home winning streak against nonconference opponents to 20.

More importantly, Gutierrez provided much-needed stability for a team that is short on experience.

"Your point guard, his job is to keep those young people and get them in a position to be successful," Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. "I thought Jorge did a really good job of that. That's what he's got to do at that position. That means as a point guard he's doing his job."

Cal overcame a sluggish first half and led by as many as 21 despite missing 11 of 16 3-pointers.

Rashaun McLemore scored a career-best 24 points to lead Northridge (0-2).

The Bears won their first conference championship in 50 years last season but are in rebuilding mode this year after losing Pac-10 Player of the Year Jerome Randle and three other starters to graduation.

Gutierrez and Harper Kamp are at the heart of Cal's makeover. Both showed why against the Matadors.

In his first game since replacing Randle at point guard, Gutierrez ran an offense that at times looked rusty and at other times sharp. The eight assists were a career high for Gutierrez, while his 18 points were three better than his previous best.

Kamp, who sat out all of 2009 recovering from knee surgery, had 12 points and seven rebounds. That enabled Cal to keep the game close until Gutierrez got the offense going in the second half.

"I was pretty nervous," said Kamp, who briefly came out of the game after rolling his right ankle. "My stomach was hurting all day. I was just thankful to be back out there."

The Bears have never lost to the Matadors in six games. Cal beat Northridge in 1995 but later forfeited the game due to NCAA violations.

Northridge, only two years removed from appearing in the NCAA tournament, kept it close in the first half but went scoreless for more than six minutes early in the second. The Matadors missed seven straight shots during the drought and never recovered.

"The second half our mentality changed a little bit, and we started to settle for quick shots and 3s," Northridge coach Bobby Braswell said. "This was the perfect example of being a young team where we played a great first half ... and instead of building on that, we just changed our mind-set."

Northridge's Michael Lizarraga, who attended the California School for the Deaf in nearby Hayward, scored a career-best 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

Cal's inexperience showed early. The Bears went more than five minutes without a field goal, missed eight of 12 free throws during one stretch and repeatedly struggled trying to get the ball inside against Northridge's zone defense.

"We've got to allow these young kids to learn," Montgomery said. "We're not going to get any better if we can't get these young guys to learn what it's like. They're going to make mistakes. We just have to hope they learn from their mistakes."

The Matadors, who lost to UCLA 83-59 in their opener Friday, led by five on McLemore's step-back 18-footer with 3:55 to go in the first half. The Bears later tied the game before McLemore's free throw gave Northridge a 37-36 lead at the break.

Northridge, 2-for-12 on 3-pointers in the loss to the Bruins, had six in the first half.

Sanders-Frison scored four straight points for Cal coming out of the break, and Allen Crabbe added five points as part of a 13-0 run that pushed the Bears' lead to 51-39.

Reports: Former Warriors center agrees to one-year deal with Magic

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Reports: Former Warriors center agrees to one-year deal with Magic

After one season with the Clippers, free agent Marreese Speights is headed back to the state of Florida.

The former Warriors center has agreed to a one-year deal with the Orlando Magic, according to USA Today Sports.

News that the two sides were closing in on a deal was first reported by David Pick.

The deal is reportedly worth the veteran's minimum of $2.1 million.

In his lone season with the Clippers, Speights averaged 8.7 points and 4.5 rebounds in 82 games.

Speights played three seasons was the Warriors and was part of the 2014-15 championship team.

The soon-to-be 30-year-old Speights was born in St. Petersburg, Florida and played his college ball at the University of Florida.

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Blach knocked around as Giants drop three of four to Padres

Blach knocked around as Giants drop three of four to Padres

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Wil Myers has had his way with the San Francisco Giants, and so has San Diego.

Oh how this rivalry has shifted - not to mention Myers' power stroke at AT&T Park, where he has already cleared the fences five times this season.

He decided to embrace the ballpark's challenging conditions and typical chilly temperatures coming off the bay.

Myers homered for a career-best third straight game against San Francisco, Jabari Blash hit a go-ahead two-run double in the decisive fourth to back Dinelson Lamet, and the San Diego Padres beat the Giants 5-2 on Sunday.

"One of the big things is just actually wanting to come here to play. Last year I kind of dreaded coming here because it's a pitcher's ballpark and they have great pitchers," Myers said. "One thing I did this year was just got excited to play here. It's the mindset you got to have if you want to play well."

Lamet (4-4) struck out six pitching into the seventh in his 10th big league start and sixth on the road. He has allowed three or fewer earned runs in six of his outings.

San Diego hit three straight doubles in the fourth and four consecutive hits in all against lefty Ty Blach (6-6), who is yet to beat the Padres in three career starts.

Hector Sanchez added a run-scoring double in the fourth against his former and Cory Spangenberg hit an RBI single.

Myers clobbered a 3-2 pitch for his 20th home run with two outs in the first. The Giants tied it in the bottom half when Buster Posey's RBI single scored Denard Span, who doubled leading off the inning.

"A couple bad pitches they ambushed me early in the count," Blach said. "It's frustrating when you're rolling like that you can't make adjustments quick enough."

Lamet surrendered eight hits and two runs and walked a batter in 6 2/3 innings as the teams finished after nine innings following extra-inning games the previous two days. Brad Hand, San Diego's third reliever, finished with a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save.

Sanchez had a season-best three hits Friday and finished this series 5-for-12 with a home run and three RBIs. He is a career .464 hitter (13 for 28) with five homers and 14 RBIs against San Francisco, which hasn't won a series with the Padres since May 2016.

The Giants had won the past three starts by Blach, who allowed five runs on eight hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked one after winning his last two decisions.

San Diego has won seven of the last nine meetings in the rivalry, currently featuring the two bottom teams in the NL West.

"We still have a ton of respect for who they are, the players on the field and what they've done," Padres manager Andy Green said. "We know at any point in time they could go reel off 10 or 12 and have a great run. We don't want that to start on us."

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Padres: 2B Yangervis Solarte, a switch-hitter sidelined by a strained left oblique muscle, is set to begin swinging from the right side Monday. The left side hasn't been a problem. ... RHP Craig Stammen is still two or three days away from pitching after he strained a hamstring, Green said. ... OF Travis Jankowski's rehab will be extensive, with him staying with Triple-A El Paso through the month as he nurses a bruised bone in his right foot. ... LF Jose Pirela got a break.

Giants: Closer Mark Melancon threw all of his pitches in a mound session as he works back from a second DL stint with a strained forearm. "Now it's a matter how he comes out of it," manager Bruce Bochy said. Melancon is likely to need another two or three weeks and the Giants have no target date for his return. The reliever could face hitters within a week. ... RHP Johnny Cueto, who landed on the DL with blisters on three fingers, played light catch. ... 2B Joe Panik had a day off.

UP NEXT:
Padres: LHP Clayton Richard (5-10, 5.35 ERA) faces the Mets owning a 4.17 ERA against New York over his initial seven starts.

Giants: RHP Matt Cain (3-8, 5.49) will try to avoid matching the longest losing streak of his career at eight games - from July 28, 2015-May 10, 2016 - when he pitches the series opener at home against Pittsburgh.