Who knew after 54 years there would be such hatred between these two teams. Officials needed to stop the game and go to the TV monitor twice to determine what fouls to give. This led to an ejection of a Kansas player and fired up Cal players.
The first half seemed to go by rather smoothy with Cal clinging on to Kansas and pretty much matched them shot-for-shot but trailing 38-30 going into the half.
Less than three minutes into the second half things heated up. Allen Crabbe sunk a 3-pointer for Cal and Kansas’ Marcus Morris fouled Crabbe so hard that officials decided to look at the TV monitor to see how much damage he did. They decided it was a flagrant foul and an automatic ejection. This excited the crowd as well as the players but not soon after another confrontation occurred on the floor. A minute later Jorge Gutierrez and Thomas Robinson were each given technicals while fighting over a lose ball. Gutierrez was irate at this point and had to dragged away from the Kansas players. The closest Cal brought it to in the second was 50-47, but just couldn’t hold Kansas on defense.
In the end it just came out to being a normal Kansas game for the last 15 minutes. Scoring on all or most possessions and playing good defense helped them stretch their lead and end up winning, 78-63.
Jorge Gutierrez led Cal with 15 points, followed by Crabbe with 11, and Markhuri Sanders-Frison with 10. While for Kansas big center Markieff Morris had 21 points and Josh Shelby and Tyrel Reed each had 18 points.
Kansas now moves to 11-0, and plays Texas-Arlington next Wednesday. Cal is now 6-5 and play their last non-league game against Hartford at Haas Pavilion on Tuesday.
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