In the final tune up for Cal basketball before the regular season tips off, the Bears cruised to a comfortable, workmanlike 35 point victory over Carroll College. The Bears used a 20-0 run early in the first half to break things open and finished the half on a 49-19 run to keep things comfortably in hand the rest of the game.
Jaylen Brown led all scorers with 17 points on 7-12 shooting while also grabbing four offensive boards that led to around half of his points, and he did that all in only 18 minutes of action. Ivan Rabb chipped in with a double double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 boards on an admittedly limited Carroll front line that didn't have a single legitimate big man.
Tyrone Wallace had 15 points and two monstrous dunks, adding six assists and four rebounds. Jordan Mathews put in 14 points thanks to four triples.
Stephen Domingo was the big star for Cal off the bench, nailing three three pointers and shooting 5-9 from the field for 13 points while also blocking two shots and forcing a steal. Sam Singer added nine assists to lead the Bears while getting two steals of his own.
With no big men on the other side, Kingsley Okoroh and Kameron Rooks only logged a combined 15 minutes, scoring a combined two points with six rebounds. Cal generally played small lineups with Rabb at the five, starting the game with the Rabb-Brown-Bird-Mathews-Wallace look. They occasionally small balled even further with no big men on the floor and four wings/one point guard. Singer ran point occasionally with Wallace moving to the 2.
Cal held Carroll to 35% shooting (although they did allow 40% from downtown). The Bears shot 53% from the field and 45% from three point land while outrebounding the opposition 45-23.
- Cuonzo Martin on Singer: "He was aggressive. He is a sound basketball player and he really set the tone when he came in the game. I thought he was aggressive out of the break, wreaking havoc on defense."
- Martin on Domingo: "I thought he played well, defensively, in the first half. In the 2nd half, he had shots and knocked them down. He can stretch the defense and make the plays at that four spot."
- Martin on Bird: "He took good shots. He missed. On to the next game."
- Martin on Rabb and Brown: ""They're sound students of the game. They've played in a lot of gyms, they've seen that stage before. It's just about those guys understanding how hard you've got to play at this level. They will."
- Tyrone Wallace: "We played well, but we could have done better on defense. We'll break it down."
- Wallace on what they need to work on defense: "Communication. Discipline. Staying down on shot fakes.
- Wallace on Nick Kerr getting to hit a three: "Anytime that our players who don't get a lot of time get out there and score, we're all really excited for them."
- Wallace on Carr: "We definitely need to get better in being able to contain the smaller bigs. He got to his spots and he made us pay."
- Jaylen Brown: "We're a young team with a lot of room for growth and improvement. It's a long season."
- Brown on Kerr: "He told me [before the game] he knew it was going up."
- Brown on Singer: "How about Sam Singer? 9 assists today... That was big."
- Ivan Rabb on the exhibition: "I think it felt a little bit different, because there were so many eyes on us."
- "The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement."
Cal's first game this season will be on Friday night when the Bears take on Rice. Fill up Haas and get excited for hoops! GO BEARS!