Cal Held to Five First-Half Points in Loss to Irish

Cal Held to Five First-Half Points in Loss to Irish

Nov. 26, 2010


LAKEBUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Carleton Scott had 16 points and 10 rebounds,and Notre Dame held California to five points at halftime to move intothe Old Spice Classic championship game with a 57-44 victory Fridaynight.

The Irish (6-0) took a 21-5 lead in asloppy first half for both teams, went ahead by 18 points and held onto hand the Golden Bears (3-1) their first loss of the season. NotreDame will play Wisconsin in the final Sunday.

Allen Crabbe had 10 points and 10rebounds and Harper Kamp scored 10 for California, which couldn'trecover from its horrendous first half. The Golden Bears trimmed thedeficit to 10 late but never mounted a seriously comeback.

The first half was as sloppy as acollege game gets - even the Old Spice Classic logo at midcourt cameunglued. Small patches of the emblem had to be taped down for thesecond straight day with far more area to cover Friday. The logo didn'tappear to have any holes after it was repaired, and never seemed toeffect any plays.

The teams did that on their own.

Cal turned the ball over on almostevery way possible: players bounced balls off their legs, threw passesto the wrong team and sometimes not even to anybody. When the GoldenBears actually did shoot, their attempts weren't any prettier: Theywent 2 for 25 before the break, including 0 for 8 on 3-pointers.

Not that the Irish were much better.

They were 9-for-32 shooting,including 0 for 13 from beyond the arc, with five turnovers in theopening half. But they eventually found their rhythm, taking a 17-pointlead early in the second half to pull away.

Notre Dame will take a win any way it can get it.

There wasn't much expected this yearwith mainstays Luke Harangody and Tory Jackson gone. But now a teamthat was supposed to be in transition has a chance to do somethingspecial already this year.

Cal, meanwhile, got its first reality check.

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

A young, inexperienced rosterfeaturing six freshmen for a team that earned back-to-back NCAAtournament berths in coach Mike Montgomery's first two seasons finallylooked like it.

The Golden Bears will play the loser of Temple-Georgia in the losers' bracket Sunday.

Durant addresses scuffles with Westbrook after Warriors' loss: 'That's just ball'


Durant addresses scuffles with Westbrook after Warriors' loss: 'That's just ball'

As you might expect when Kevin Durant returns to Oklahoma City, things got chippy at several moments Wednesday.

Once during the second quarter and again in the third quarter, Durant and former running mate Russell Westbrook could be seen yapping at each other. During the latter incident, the two literally went nose-to-nose, touching foreheads before being sperated.

After the Warriors' 108-91 loss to the Thunder, Durant was asked about the exchanges.

"Man, that's just ball. That's just ball me. He's competitive, I'm competitive. We like to go at it. Both of us. That's just part of the game, so I respect it. I got nothing but love for him. I'm expecting it again when we play them again. All fun and games to me," Durant told reporters.

Despite what the cameras caught, Durant tried to downplay the level of emotions between the two teams on the court.

"Can't let emotion seep into business. Can't do that. So I think on our end, we were just playing our game. They just played better than us tonight. The emotion around the court, around the arena, around the city I'm sure was a little higher than it was on the court. can't let emotion seep in. Just have to play better than that," Durant said.

When a reporter kept pressing about the incidents between Durant and Westbrook, the Warriors forward pushed back.

"Did you watch the game? Or did you watch for the scuffles? The story is about the game. We lost, they kicked our a**, they played a great. You should give them credit for how they played. We should be better. It's not about who's in each other's faces. That stuff is not real. So please, don't believe it. All the fans, they are lying to you. It's all about basketball. They played a great game. We didn't," Durant retorted.

So how did returning to his former home for the first time this season compare to his first trip back last year?

"It was a little better. Nothing like the first. I'm sure everyone in the arena said what they had to say," Durant said.

The next two times Durant and Westbrook meet up, it will be in Oakland (Feb.6 and Feb. 24). The Warriors don't return to Oklahoma City until April 3, 2018.

Jones strong in goal, contains Coyotes to snap Sharks' three-game skid


Jones strong in goal, contains Coyotes to snap Sharks' three-game skid


GLENDALE, Ariz.  — Logan Couture scored his team-best 11th goal to help lift the San Jose Sharks to a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday night.

Joe Thornton also scored and Joel Ward added an empty-net goal with 47.8 to play for the Sharks, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Brendan Perlini scored with 7:37 to go, ruining Sharks goalie Martin Jones' bid for his second shutout of the season. The Coyotes saw their season-high three-game winning streak snapped and lost for the eighth time in nine home games (1-7-1).

Jones finished with 26 saves.

Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta left at 14:37 of the first period with an upper-body injury. Couture had collided with Raanta more than four minutes earlier, earning an interference penalty. Raanta skated to the bench during a stoppage in play and retreated to the locker room.

Scott Wedgewood took Raanta's place and was in net for only five seconds before the Sharks broke through. Wedgewood stopped Brent Burns' long shot from the top of the right circle even after it deflected off San Jose right wing Timo Meier. But the rebound kicked to the bottom of the right circle, where Thornton swept in and beat the goalie with a quick wrist shot.

San Jose made it 2-0 at 4:56 of the second, taking advantage of Arizona's inability to clear the zone while the Sharks were on a line change.

Justin Braun fought three Coyotes for the puck along the right boards before Joonas Donskoi swooped in, skated to the goal line then sent a pass across to Couture. Couture deked Wedgewood to the ice with a forehand fake, then scored on the backhand.

Perlini cut the lead to 2-1 when he redirected Derek Stepan's shot from the top of the right circle past Jones.

NOTES: Thornton has 22 goals and 83 points in 82 career games against Arizona. ... The Coyotes, who had played seven of their past eight on the road, opened a three-game homestand. ... Raanta made eight saves before leaving and has stopped 98 of the past 105 shots he's faced. ... Couture's goal was his first in five games.


Sharks: visit Las Vegas on Friday