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California 92, Nevada 84

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[December 11, 2013]  BEREKLEY, Calif. — David Kravish and Jabari Bird scored 16 points each to lead six players in double figures and the Golden Bears rolled past the visiting Wolf Pack 92-84.

Justin Cobbs collected 15 points and eight assists, and Richard Solomon and Tyrone Wallace each scored 14 points for California (7-3), which bounced back from last Friday’s seven-point loss at UC Santa Barbara by shooting 55.9 percent. Freshman Jordan Mathews chipped in 13 points in his first career start.

Deonte Burton led Nevada (4-6) with 26 points and seven rebounds, and Jerry Evans Jr. added 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting. The Wolf Pack lost for the fourth time in their last five games despite shooting 55.2 percent and outrebounding the Golden Bears 34-23.

California committed two turnovers and shot 53.3 percent in the first half to grab a 49-40 advantage, and Kravish scored eight straight Golden Bears points to extend the lead to 61-49 with 15 1/2 minutes remaining. Burton’s 3-pointer cut the deficit to five with nine minutes to play, but California drew clear with seven unanswered points.

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Michael Perez also scored 18 points, including five 3-pointers, and grabbed eight rebounds for Nevada, which grabbed an early 17-10 lead after making seven of its first nine shots. The Wolf Pack were hurt by eight turnovers in the first half and 14 overall.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Golden Bears coach Mike Montgomery recorded his 664th career victory and tied UCLA legend John Wooden for 27th on the all-time list. … Burton provided the game’s top highlight late in the first half when he drove past Solomon and threw down an emphatic dunk over Kravish. … California improved to 41-6 in non-conference home games under Montgomery.

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