No. 24 Cal continues its blistering beginning

BERKELEY, Calif. — Jorge Gutierrez scored a season-high 26 points to go with six rebounds and five assists, and No. 24 California matched its best start under coach Mike Montgomery with a 73-57 victory over McNeese State on Monday night.

Allen Crabbe had 20 points and six rebounds and Harper Kamp scored 10 for the Golden Bears (6-1), who overcame a shaky first half before opening an 18-point lead. Cal also started 6-1 in Montgomery's first year in 2008.

Patrick Richard had 18 points and Dontae Cannon scored 15 for the Cowboys (3-3), going 1-1 on a rare West Coast trip. The defending Southland Conference champions beat Sacramento State two days earlier.

The Bears stumbled at the start with a rare lack of hustle against an overmatched opponent.

McNeese State's 2-3 zone gave Cal fits, and the small school from Louisiana sucked all the energy out of an already quiet — and half-empty — Haas Pavilion for what was supposed to be a tune-up test for the home team.

Instead, it almost became an upset.

The Cowboys opened with an 8-2 lead capped by Cannon's jumper, diving for loose balls and running into the stands at one point to save a steal. Not until Kamp's jumper more than 7 minutes into the half did Cal take its first lead at 10-8.

McNeese State regained the lead and held firm until the buzzer.

With the clock ticking down, Gutierrez snatched a defensive rebound and sprinted up court, almost losing his balance until flinging a pass from behind his head at half court to Crabbe on the wing. Crabbe rose up near the Cowboys bench and sunk a 3-pointer as time expired, giving the Bears a 28-26 halftime lead and bringing fans to their feet in the loudest ovation of the night.

UCLA 62, Pepperdine 39

At Los Angeles, Lazeric Jones scored 14 points to help UCLA defeat Pepperdine for the Bruins' first win of the year at their temporary home after opening with two embarrassing losses.

David Wear and freshman Norman Powell added 10 points each for the Bruins (2-4), who are playing at the Los Angeles Sports Arena this season while Pauley Pavilion is renovated.

UCLA was coming off a trip to the Maui Invitational that included 16-point losses to ranked Kansas and Michigan and a 32-point win over Chaminade.

Stanford 79, Pacific 37

At Stanford, Calif., Chasson Randle and Josh Owens each scored 14 points in helping Stanford beat Pacific.

Aaron Bright had six assists for the Cardinal (6-1), who recorded the largest margin of victory against Pacific in the 36-game games.

Travis Fulton scored 13 points to pace the Tigers (2-3), who did not attempt a free throw all night and lost for the third time in four games. Pacific starters scored just eight points.

Randle scored 11 of his points in the first half, helping Stanford take a 38-23 halftime lead. He started sharp after going scoreless in the first half of his last three contests. He hit all four of his first-half shots, including three 3-pointers.

Colorado 70, Georgia 68.

At Boulder, Colo., Andre Roberson had 15 points and 15 rebounds, Spencer Dinwiddie scored 16 points and Colorado beat Georgia.

Asika Booker scored 14 points and Carlon Brown had 10 points for the Buffaloes (4-2), who extended their non-conference home win streak to 26.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 15 points and Gerald Robinson 14 for the Bulldogs (4-3), who have lost three of their last four.

Colorado came out aggressive to start the second half, hitting five of their first six shots to take a 45-39 lead with 15:57 remaining.

Roberson converted a three-point play, Nate Tomlinson hit a 3-pointer and Shane Harris-Tunks made a layup to give the Buffaloes a 62-52 lead with 3:52 left.

The Bulldogs rallied late to cut the lead to three with 4.5 seconds left, but a free throw by Booker sealed the win.

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