Golden Bears rout Austin Peay 72-55


Golden Bears rout Austin Peay 72-55

BERKELEY -- Mike Montgomery understood why his team had a tough time matching its first-half energy over the final 20 minutes considering California had already built a 27-point lead."It's probably human nature, you're up 27 and don't have that same intensity," Montgomery said. "We've been a little bit lax."Jorge Gutierrez had 14 points, six rebounds and three assists and the 23rd-ranked Golden Bears jumped out to a comfortable early cushion on the way to a 72-55 rout of cold-shooting Austin Peay on Tuesday night.It gets tougher from here for Cal. Next up is a matchup with Georgia in the CBE Classic semifinals Monday night in Kansas City, Mo."We know what we're up against. We're going to have to be better for longer," Montgomery said.Harper Kamp added 12 points and nine boards for the Bears (3-0), who just missed a chance to begin the season with three straight 20-point victories for the first time since the 1952-53 team started with four.Gutierrez and Kamp each scored six of their points in the opening six minutes as Cal (3-0) built a 17-2 lead and wasn't challenged the rest of the way by the overmatched Governors, who did outscore the Bears 42-32 in the second half against mostly reserves. That allowed Montgomery to regularly substitute and try out different lineup combinations on a night a half-dozen professional scouts turned out at Haas Pavilion.Josh Terry scored 16 points to lead the Governors (0-2), who play their first six games away from home and eight of the first 10. They shot 37.1 percent and missed their initial 13 3-point tries before Herdie Lawrence connected with 12:56 remaining. Austin Peay also got outrebounded 36-32 and reached the free throw line only eight times as Cal went 15 for 21 from the line to overcome a 1-for-12 showing from 3-point range.Freshman David Kravish came off the bench to make 6 of 7 field-goal attempts for 12 points and his first double-digit scoring performance, while Brandon Smith scored 11 points."The last couple of games we've come out with a strong intensity, from the gate we've come out with a strong punch," Smith said. "Coach said in the locker room the second half should match the intensity of the first half. It's good we had some money in the bank there. We lost the second half and we still won."Allen Crabbe, last season's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year coming off 20-point performances in each of his first two games, was limited to five points on 2-for-12 shooting."Allen's not going to have a game like that," Montgomery said. "I don't know the next time that's going to happen. He's a good shooter. That's an aberration. There's no question we're going to need him."It hardly mattered this time. Cal improved to 23-2 in non-conference games at home in Haas under Montgomery.The Bears shot 52.8 percent, their second straight game going over 50 percent from the floor, and received contributions from most of the roster. They are picked to finish second in the Pac-12 behind UCLA."We look at being picked second - anything we can do to get a little chip on our shoulder I think is good," Kamp said.Austin Peay, the school from Clarksville, Tenn., played its first game in the state of California during the 22-year tenure of coach Dave Loos, the winningest coach in the Ohio Valley Conference. Loos is the lone Division I basketball coach also serving as athletic director.While he has four of five starters from last season on a team favored to win the OVC, senior center John Fraley didn't make the trip after sustaining a concussion in the season-opening 80-71 loss Friday at Middle Tennessee. That hurt the Governors' chances to match up and battle for boards in the paint with Kamp and 6-foot-10 Richard Solomon."He's doing better. They have a list of things, a checklist, and he made really significant improvement over the last 24 hours," Loos said. "It always hurts our rebounding. He gets us a few points down low but it's his rebounding."Austin Peay began the game 1 for 7 while Cal hit six of its first seven shots. The Governors were 2 for 15 at the 7:32 mark of the first half and went 0 for 9 from long range to trail 40-13 at halftime.They shot only 39 percent in their season opener.This was the first meeting between the schools and only the third matchup Austin Peay has had with current members of the Pac-12. Loos' first game as Governors head coach was a 122-80 loss to Arizona in 1990.

Pac-12 basketball teams near Barcelona terrorist attack safe


Pac-12 basketball teams near Barcelona terrorist attack safe

Men's basketball teams from Oregon State, Clemson and Arizona were staying at a hotel in Barcelona, Spain, near where a van drove into pedestrians on Thursday, but team officials said everyone was safe.

Spanish police have confirmed they are investigating the bloodshed in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district as a terror attack. The area is a popular summer tourist spot.

Tulane also was playing in Barcelona, but it was unclear if they were staying in the same hotel as the other teams.

Oregon State assistant coach Gregg Gottlieb posted to Facebook: "We are all luckily ok. Our hotel/restaurant is located right on Las Ramblas. This tragedy happened right in front of us as our team just sat down for pregame meal. Thoughts and prayers for all those that are were hurt."

The Beavers' game Thursday night was canceled. It was supposed to be the first of a five-game tour.

Clemson was scheduled to play Thursday night against a Spanish All-Star team.

"We've been in contact with our men's basketball program currently in Barcelona and the entire travel party is safe and secure. Their exhibition game for tonight has been cancelled and the team will return to Clemson as previously scheduled tomorrow morning. Our thoughts are with the people of Barcelona," the South Carolina school said in a statement.

Clemson coach Brad Brownell confirmed in a text to The Associated Press that the three teams were staying in the same hotel.

"We are fine. Thankful to be safe and together," Brownell wrote.

Tulane athletic director Troy Tannen confirmed via social media that the Green Wave players and staff were safe.

Replying to a Twitter inquiry from a Portland television about whether the team was OK, Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle responded: "Yes we are, happened directly in front of our hotel while we were having a team meal in the restaurant, so senseless and sad! All accounted4."

Oregon State said it has not yet determined the remaining schedule for the team, which was supposed to be on the exhibition tour until Aug. 25.

A spokesman for Arizona said the Wildcats have canceled their third and final exhibition of their tour and "are currently working on travel plans to return home."

The future of Cal athletics, or lack thereof


The future of Cal athletics, or lack thereof

Your education dollars are always at work, so it is with pride and bewilderment that we report that the University of California’s incoming class (2021, for those few who can get out in four years) marched to Memorial Stadium and formed the world’s largest human letter.
It was . . . wait for it . . . a “C.” A 7,196-person-strong “C.”
But the school, as it occasionally does, missed a golden opportunity to seize a golden opportunity. All they needed to do was have a quick whip-round, get $55,586.44 from each and every one of the captives . . . er, students, and they could have wiped out their entire athletics deficit in one night.
You see, while forming gigantic letters is always fun (or as the kids used to say when double negatives didn’t mean voting, never not fun), Cal is staring at quite possibly the bleakest future a major athletic university ever has. The athletic department, whose chief officer, Mike Williams, has just announced his intention to quit, is over $400 million in debt between construction costs, ambition, shrinking allegiance and the absence of a Phil Knight-level sugar daddy to buy the pain away.
And before you blame Williams, he inherited this indigestible planetoid from his predecessor, Sandy Barbour, who grew it from her predecessor, Steve Gladstone, and hastened it from . . . well, you get the drift. 
Cal’s been blowing through money it hasn’t been taking in for years upon years, didn’t realize the deficit-cutting benefits of the Pac-12 Network (because they largely don’t exist), and the day of reckoning looms closer and closer, especially now that new chancellor Carol Christ (no apparent relation) described the deficit as “corrosive” and has insisted that the athletic department have a balanced budget by 2020.
In short, the school may only be able to afford a lower-case “C” before too long. Maybe in comic sans.