With his family in town, Jorge put on one of the best performances of his career to give Cal its first home victory over UCLA since 2004.
"It was just about the team tonight," Gutierrez said. "We needed this game. We all played hard together."
Head coach Mike Montgomery praised his humble sparkplug, who eschewed the media room after the game in favor of spending time with his family.
"Jorge was great," Montgomery said. "We've had people have performances against us, and it's good to see us have a performance against somebody else. He's got family here. Jorge doesn't like to speak. He really is shy, but his family is here, and I think he wanted to visit with his family, but there's also a certain amount of not being comfortable in a situation like this, and that's OK with me if he can play like that."
Sophomore point guard Brandon Smith hit two clutch threes -- one with 6:50 left in the second and another with 15 seconds left in overtime - gave all the credit to his off-guard Gutierrez, who's ability to drive the lane and hit his shots opened up the corner.
"Jorge, I mean, wow," Smith gushed. "That's the best game that I've ever seen Jorge play. He played phenomenally tonight. He was just so aggressive and really took us on his back tonight. Guys in the locker room were joking around earlier, watching Youtube video, and these commentators are talking about Marshawn Lynch taking his team on his back, and it's funny, because after that performance tonight, that's really what (Gutierrez) did. He took us on his back."
After the jump baseball opens the season with a sweep over Utah, rugby overcomes rain, mud, and a thirteen point deficit to defeat UBC, and women's basketball has a tough weekend in LA.
- Faraudo's game thread provides the most comprehensive recap of the win over UCLA.
- Monty talks about the defensive gameplan and UCLA's last-second three at the post-game interview.
- The women's team lost to USC to finish the weekend winless in LA.
- Joanne Boyle was pleased with the effort in the second half, but the Bears could not make up for an abysmal first half.
- The Bears swept Utah after scoring four runs in the ninth inning of game two to win 6-5.
- Save Cal Baseball still has a lot of work to do to preserve the future of Bears Baseball.
- No. 5 women's tennis defeated no. 19 Arkansas at the ITA Indoor Championship.
- No. 19 men's tennis swept UCSB 7-0.
- UC Davis defeated the Bears 194.050-191.500.
- After defeating Stanford last week, the men's team narrowly finished behind the Cardinal (351.7-352.0) and behind no. 1 Oklahoma (356.5) at the Stanford Open.