California Golden Bears guard Jabari Bird (23) speaks with head coach Mike Montgomery. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Cal beats Arkansas 85-77 to open EA Sports Maui Invitational


The California Golden Bears beat the Arkansas Razorbacks 85-77 in the opening round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.  California improved to 5-0 while Arkansas fell to 3-1.

The Bears had five players in double digits to the Razorbacks’ three.  Razorback sophomore guard Michael Qualls led all scorers with 21 points on 6 of 13 shooting including 4 of 7 from beyond the arc.  California Junior forward David Kravish had the most dominate performance of any player with 19 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 blocks.  Kravish led the Bears to a 50-31 rebounding advantage.  Cal’s ability to rebound the ball helped offset its 18 turnovers.

Chad Ford of ESPN.com tweeted NBA scouts were impressed with Cal freshman guard Jabari Bird.  Bird had 15 points on 5 of 8 shooting including 3 of 4 from three-point range.

 

California will play the winner of No. 8 Syracuse v. Minnesota.  The other side of the bracket includes No. 18 Baylor v. Chaminade and No. 11 Gonzaga v. Dayton.  Check out the bracket for a full listing of game times and ESPN channels broadcasting the EA Sports Maui Invitational.

 

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