Justin Cobbs and Jordan Mathews had 13 points apiece while
Jabari Bird added 11 for second-seeded California (20-13), which
shot 52.5 percent and advanced to host No. 3 seed Arkansas on
Monday. Jeff Powers scored 10 points and Kravish collected 10
rebounds to help the Golden Bears bounce back from a close loss
to Colorado in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament.
Holton Hunsaker paced Utah Valley (20-12) with 22 points on
7-of-14 shooting and Ben Aird added 19 points and nine rebounds.
Mitch Bruneel had seven points and eight rebounds for the
Wolverines, who earned their school’s first NIT berth after
winning the Western Athletic Conference regular-season title.
California shot 55.9 percent in the first half and led 43-34 at
the break before taking control early in the second half. Powers
hit back-to-back 3-pointers during an 11-0 run and California
extended its lead to 60-43 with just over 13 minutes remaining.
Hunsaker scored 13 points in the opening stanza to keep the
Wolverines close, but California used a balanced offensive
attack to maintain a double-digit lead for most of the second
half. California, playing in the NIT for the first time since
2011, shot 7-of-17 from beyond the arc and outrebounded Utah
GAME NOTEBOOK: California senior F Richard Solomon, who led the
Pac-12 in rebounding during the regular season with 10.2 per
game, sat out due to a concussion. … California defeated
Arkansas 85-77 at the Maui Invitational on Nov. 25, 2013. The
Razorbacks improved to 22-11 with Tuesday’s 91-71 win over No. 6
seed Indiana State. … Cobbs contributed seven assists for the
Golden Bears, who won for the second time in their last six
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