Golden Nuggets: Flat Start, Poor Shooting Hold Bears Back Against UCLA

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A slow start and continuing struggles from beyond the arc prevented the Bears from stealing a win against the Bruins.

The last three-pointer the men's team hit was with just over 6 minutes left in the game against Prairie View. The Bears have since gone over 86 minutes without a three. Never quite able to close the gap between themselves the Bruins, the Bears could have used some threes last night.

Crabbe said the Bears' poor start came back to haunt them.

"We came out flat, didn't have any energy," he said.

Richard Solomon had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears, and David Kravish chipped in nine points and 12 rebounds. Justin Cobbs had 12 points and six assists but shot 6 for 18.

Cal missed all 13 of its 3-point attempts, its second straight outing without making a shot from beyond the arc.

"They're taking it away," Crabbe said of the approach opposing defenses are taking. "We're not trying to force 3-pointers, I know I'm not. If they give me the lane, I'm going to take what they give me."

It's not all doom and gloom, however.

Allen Crabbe, who scored 21 points, said the Bears shouldn't make too much out of one defeat.

"We're down about it -- nobody wants to lose a conference game, especially the first one," he said. "We've got to get the next one. We've got 17 more conference games. We can't dwell on this one."

Cal plays Saturday night at USC, which opened conference play with a win over Stanford.

UCLA star freshman Shabazz Muhammad was excited to get past the Bears in the league opener. "They're going to win a lot of games in the Pac-12," he said.

Fortunately we can forget about this loss by basking in the tremendous success of the women's team, which hopes to build on the best start in school history tonight against Utah.

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