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Cal beats Weber State 77-57 for 3rd straight win

Cal beats Weber State 77-57 for 3rd straight win

By Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 16, 2011 at 11:17 p.m.


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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Jorge Gutierrez scored 24 points and held Damian Lillard, the nation's leading scorer, to his worst offensive performance of the season as California beat Weber State 77-57 on Friday night.

Allen Crabbe added 16 points and six rebounds while Richard Solomon and Harper Kamp had 11 apiece for the Golden Bears (9-2), who have won three straight and five of six. Cal also remained unbeaten at home and has outscored its last three opponents at Haas Pavilion by an average of 30.6 points.

Lillard, who grew up and went to high school in nearby Oakland, entered the game averaging 26.9 points a game but couldn't get loose against Gutierrez and finished just 4 of 17 from the floor while scoring a season-low 14 points.

Scott Bamforth had 19 points for Weber State (6-3).

Things got chippy between Gutierrez and Lillard early in the second half when both were called for a double technical foul after Weber State, behind a stream of 3-pointers, pulled within 41-33.

Gutierrez responded with a short jumper on Cal's ensuing possession, then forced Lillard into an air ball - his second of the game - two minutes later. Gutierrez later scored cutting across the baseline on a pass from Justin Cobbs then added a 3- pointer to give the Bears a 54-38 lead that was never challenged.

It was a frustrating night all around for Lillard, who went 3 for 10 on 3-pointers, shot two air balls and also missed a dunk.

Bamforth tried to pick up the scoring slack and made four of his five 3s in the second half but the Wildcats couldn't get closer than eight points.

Kyle Tresnak added 14 points and Byron Fulton had 13 points and eight rebounds for Weber State, which has two nonconference games left before opening Big Sky Conference play at home against Idaho State on Dec. 29.

The Bears, whose only losses this season have been to San Diego State and No. 10 Missouri, also have two games left before getting started in the Pac-12.

Gutierrez gave Cal a boost with his second-highest scoring total this year, 18 of his points coming in the second half.

But it was Gutierrez's work against Lillard that made the difference early. Cal's shutdown defender fought through Weber State's repeated screen attempts and forced Lillard to miss nine of his first 10 shots.

The Bears rode their defense to a 14-point lead before intermission, holding the Wildcats to a season-low 18 points in the first half.

Weber State was within 44-36 with 14 minutes left to play before Cal went on a 20-5 run.

Weber State attempted a season-high 31 3-pointers, making 12 for a 39 percent success rate.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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