Warriors

Cal Cuts Down No. 21 Temple

Cal Cuts Down No. 21 Temple

Nov. 25, 2010CAL PAGE PAC-10 SCOREBOARDBOX SCORE

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- So much for rebuilding.

Harper Kamp scored 13 points, Allen Crabbe had 12 and a young California team beat No. 21 Temple 57-50 on Thursday night in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic for a huge early season spark.

"Since day one, we just told people that we're going to surprise a lot of people," said Cal center Markhuri Sanders-Frison, who had eight points. "Everybody thought that we didn't have that much firepower coming back because we lost a lot of our good players last year. I think this win opened a lot of eyes to people around the world."

The Golden Bears (3-0) were propelled by a 16-1 run late in the second half to help the defending Pac-10 champions hand the Owls (2-1) their first loss of the season. Crabbe ripped the ball away from Rhalir Jefferson with about 30 seconds remaining, and he hit two free throws to give Cal a six-point lead and seal the victory.

Lavoy Allen had 13 points, and Jefferson scored 10 for a Temple team whose non-conference schedule is only getting tougher. Cal will play Notre Dame on Friday. Temple will face Georgia in the loser's bracket of the tournament.

The Owls had cruised through their first two games, but their schedule isn't getting any easier. No. 1 Duke, No. 7 Villanova, No. 16 Georgetown and Maryland are all upcoming for the Owls.

Not exactly the start they were hoping for on this tough stretch.

"We had some pretty open shots that we missed," Allen said. "The offense started getting stagnant a little bit. We did a bad job on defense. We gave them a couple open 3's and they hit them. It killed us. We did a bad job of maintaining the lead and a bad job of finishing off the game."

The opener was a relatively tight game most of the way.

Cal sprinted out to a seven-point lead in the first few minutes, but that quickly fizzled. Khalif Wyatt had consecutive baskets to end the first half, giving Temple a 25-23 lead at the break.

The Owls went ahead 45-38 with less than eight minutes remaining on back-to-back layups by Jefferson. That would match the biggest lead either team would hold.

The Golden Bears responded by going on a 16-1 run, including 12 straight, with strong defense and streaky shooting on a night they were otherwise cold. Temple did not make a field goal for almost six minutes during that stretch.

"They defended us well those last seven minutes and they made the shots that they needed to make," Owls coach Fran Dunphy.

It was a huge win for a Cal program that was supposed to be in almost complete rebuilding mode this season.

Five seniors from last season's conference title team are gone, including Pac-10 player of the year and leading scorer Jerome Randle, second-leading scorer Patrick Christopher and top 3-point shooter Theo Robertson. All of them played key roles in the school's first conference title in 50 years.

That leaves a young, inexperienced roster featuring six freshmen for a team that earned back-to-back NCAA tournament berths in coach Mike Montgomery's first two seasons.

Their toughest test yet was certainly a success.

"I don't know what a rebuilding year is," Montgomery said. "All I know is we start two freshman and come off the bench with a whole lot more, and I've never done that before."

Draymond responds to D'Antoni's 'they're not gonna stop us either' claim

ariza-trevor-draymond-green-rim.jpg
AP

Draymond responds to D'Antoni's 'they're not gonna stop us either' claim

Programming note: Warriors-Rockets coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm on NBC Sports Bay Area, and continues immediately after the final buzzer.

A couple weeks ago, Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said something about the Warriors that made headlines.

"You're not gonna stop them. It's just not gonna happen. They're not gonna stop us either. Should be fun."

On Monday, Draymond Green was asked about D'Antoni's comments.

"You should believe that. I'm turning over a new leaf," Draymond began, before giving his real thoughts. "Number 1 -- they want it to be a shootout, which is fine. But we're gonna play some defense.

"We score pretty well, but we're a damn good defensive team, too. So we're gonna play some defense."

The Rockets made some significant changes to their roster this offseason, most notably the addition of Chris Paul.

But Houston also added defensive-minded guys in P.J. Tucker and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.

But as Draymond pointed out:

"I don't know how serious they take defense with that comment, but I know they added some good defensive players."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Montana, Clark scheduled to address crowd at Levi's Stadium

montana-joe-clark-dwight-smile.jpg
AP

Montana, Clark scheduled to address crowd at Levi's Stadium

SANTA CLARA -- Dwight Clark and Joe Montana are scheduled to address the crowd Sunday at Levi’s Stadium at halftime of the 49ers’ game against the Dallas Cowboys.

It should be an emotional day, as 36 members from the team that defeated Dallas in the NFC Championship Game and went on to the franchise’s first Super Bowl title are expected to attend.

Montana is scheduled to be surrounded by his former teammates and speak from the field at halftime. Clark is likely to be situated in a suite, where he is expected to make some remarks. Clark, 60, announced in March he was diagnosed with ALS.

Former 49ers offensive lineman Randy Cross, appearing on the 49ers Insider Podcast, said he is looking forward to seeing so many of his teammates from the squad that served as a springboard for five Super Bowl titles under the ownership of Hall of Famer Eddie DeBartolo.

“I can’t wait to see (Clark),” Cross said. “I can’t wait to see Eddie. I can’t wait to see Joe. There is a core group of guys I’ve gotten to see a few times a year since we all went our separate ways. There are guys I’ll get a chance to see, in some cases, (for the first time) since almost around the time we parted ways in the early-‘80s.”

The NFC Championship Game on Jan. 10, 1982, is best-remembered for “The Catch” – Clark’s leaping, finger-tip grab of a Montana pass for a 6-yard touchdown with 51 seconds remaining.

The 49ers defeated the Cowboys 28-27 at Candlestick Park. Coach Bill Walsh’s team went on to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals, 26-21, in Super Bowl XVI.

“For those of us who played on the Niners charity basketball team with both Joe and Dwight, and knowing their hoop skills and the way they could jump, we weren’t terribly surprised at: A, how high he threw it; and, B, how high Dwight got,” said Cross, who was blocking from his right guard position near the sideline and had an unobstructed view of the play.

“If Dwight got his fingers on it, it was going to be a catch. That was the thing about D.C., you won’t find too many instances in which he had a ball on him or near him that he dropped. There wasn’t much doubt.”