Cal surges past Georgia Tech, 68-57

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Cal surges past Georgia Tech, 68-57

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Justin Cobbs scored 17 points, Richard Solomon got six of his 12 points down the stretch to help fuel a pivotal rally and California beat Georgia Tech 68-57 on Friday night to advance to the championship game of the DirecTV Classic.Allen Crabbe added 13 points and five assists for Cal, which is off to a 5-0 start. Cal's opponent in Sunday's title game will be Pacific, which beat St. Mary's 76-66 earlier Friday and topped Xavier 70-67 in Thursday's first-round game. The Golden Bears got to the semifinal round with a 73-70 win over Drake.Mfon Udofia had 16 points and Kammeon Holsey came off the bench to score 14 for Georgia Tech (3-1), which shot 39 percent from the field, was 2 of 15 from 3-point range and was outrebounded 41-29.

Rabb leads Cal with career-high 26 points in dominant win

Rabb leads Cal with career-high 26 points in dominant win

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BERKELEY -- Ivan Rabb scored 18 of his career-high 26 points in the first half and California beat Alcorn State 83-59 on Saturday for its 25th consecutive home win.

Roger Moute a Bidias added 12 points and Kingsley Okoroh had seven points with nine rebounds to help the Golden Bears (6-1) to their fourth consecutive win.

Three days after setting his previous career best for scoring, Rabb shot 10 of 12 and had seven rebounds to lead a dominant effort down low by California. Rabb scored on a pair of putbacks in the first half, added a one-handed dunk off a lob pass from Charlie Moore then scored six points as part of an 11-2 run in the second half.

Moore, the Bears' leading scorer going into the game, had an off-game while filling in for point guard Grant Mullins. Moore missed his first six shots and finished with seven points and four assists.

Alcorn State (2-5) couldn't keep up and lost its third straight.

Reginal Johnson scored a season-high 17 points and had seven rebounds while Marquis Vance added 11 points for the Braves.

Cal went on runs of 9-0 and 7-0 during an eight-minute span to build a 44-25 halftime lead.

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Alcorn State: Three consecutive lopsided losses have second-year coach Montez Robinson's squad reeling. The problems are happening on both ends of the floor, though Johnson provided a lift offensively. The biggest issues are consistency and 3-point shooting. The Braves went 5 of 21 beyond the arc and are shooting under 30 percent for the season.

California: The Bears got on top early and never let the Braves get back into the game, a definite step up after California had troubles closing out games earlier this season. Getting Moute a Bidias going is another good sign as the team tries to find some complementary scoring to support Rabb. Moore started at point guard in place of Mullins, who flew to Canada following a death in his family. Mullins will rejoin the team in Hawaii.

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Alcorn State: The Braves continue their six-game road trip at Louisiana Tech on Monday night.

California: The Bears left immediately after the win to fly to Hawaii for a pair of games in the Pearl Harbor Invitational. California opens against Princeton on Tuesday night.

Despite 29 points from Travis, Stanford downed by Kansas

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Despite 29 points from Travis, Stanford downed by Kansas

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LAWRENCE -- Frank Mason III scored 20 points, Devonte Graham delivered an early 3-point barrage and finished with 15, and fourth-ranked Kansas pulled away late for an 89-74 victory over Stanford on Saturday.

Josh Jackson and Svi Mykhailiuk added 15 points apiece for the Jayhawks (7-1), who overcame a monster game from the Cardinal's Reid Travis to win their 44th straight at Allen Fieldhouse.

Travis had a career-best 29 points and nine rebounds for Stanford (6-3), doing most of his damage at the free throw line. The career 54 percent free throw shooter was 19 of 22, breaking the school record for makes set by Todd Lichti against UC Santa Barbara during the 1987-88 season.

Travis also set records for makes and attempts in a game against Kansas. Rayford Young of Texas Tech hit 18 foul shots in February 1999 and Iowa State's Craig Brackins attempted 21 in January 2009.

He couldn't do it alone, though, and the Jayhawks' superior depth paid off.

After falling into an early deficit, coach Bill Self began going with a bigger lineup to deal with Travis in the paint, and that seemed to open up Graham on the perimeter. He knocked down all five of his 3-pointers in the first half, helping the Jayhawks to a 43-35 lead.

Stanford kept going to Travis inside, and the 6-foot-8 brute kept going to the free throw line. During two separate stretches of the second half, he made four free throws in less than a minute.

But the Jayhawks showcased their versatility down the stretch with Jackson scoring on a nifty dunk off an alley-oop pass, Mason getting a tilting runner to go while crashing to the floor, and Mykhailiuk knocking down 3-pointers from the wing that sent the lead ballooning toward 20 late in the game.

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Stanford coach Jerod Haase was hoping for a better return to the Phog. He played three seasons for the Jayhawks under Roy Williams, and later served as their director of basketball operations. Haase would follow Williams to North Carolina, but he was fondly received on Saturday, getting a massive ovation from an appreciative crowd during pregame introductions.

Kansas snapped a two-game skid against the Cardinal that included an NCAA Tournament loss in 2014, when Andrew Wiggins and Co. couldn't slow down Stanford in St. Louis. The Jayhawks were even able to get their benchwarmers some action for the third straight game.

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Stanford gets nearly two weeks off before playing Cal State East Bay on Dec. 16.

Kansas continues its six-game home stand against Missouri-Kansas City on Tuesday night.