BERKELEY -- California freshman guard Tyrone Wallace was awfully quiet in his first career start -- at least until the second half.
The 6-foot-4 Bakersfield, Calif., native went 0-for-4 from the field in the first stanza of the Bears' 68-59 win over UC Santa Barbara, missing the only three-point shot he took.
As the second half dawned, though, Wallace nailed two straight threes and went on to go 3-for-6 from the field, 2-for-3 from beyond the arc and 2-for-3 from the free throw line in the second half, finishing with 10 points and a career-high-tying 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. Wallace became just the second Cal player to have a double-double this season, joining sophomore David Kravish, who had 11 points and 12 boards against Denver.
Wallace represented the first change to Mike Montgomery's starting lineup all season, as he joined Allen Crabbe, Justin Cobbs, Kravish and Richard Solomon, who have each started 10 games.
"I thought Tyrone has played well, and I felt like we could still get the same thing with Brandon [Smith] off the bench, because he's a smart kid, and if he's watching what's happening, he can go in and make plays, which is exactly what he did do," Montgomery said. "[Smith] had a good game. He played 21 minutes and he did a good job. Tyrone has played well. He has a double-double with 10 rebounds. He's the one guy who was reacting to the ball in terms of going to get rebounds. He'll just continue to get better and I hope Ricky [Kreklow] gets better, as well, as he starts to get a little timing and rhythm out there. There was no magic. I'm not big on starting being the end-all be-all. You try to put guys in combinations that will play for you. That was something we wanted to take a look at."
The Bears -- last in the Pac-12 coming in with just 33 treys -- hit their first three attempts from beyond the arc, before going ice cold and missing five straight. After halftime, Cal sunk three of seven from long distance.
The Bears did not hit a three-point shot for 14:28, from Ricky Kreklow's trey with 9:58 left in the first half until Wallace hit his with 15:30 left in the second.
Until there were 2:33 left in the game, Cal was on pace to shoot better from three-point land than from inside the arc, a dubious feat the Bears only accomplished once this season, against Pepperdine.
The Gauchos, though, did finish the game with a better three-point shooting percentage than field goal percentage. In addition to making more three-point field goals than baskets inside the arc by the count of 13 to 9, UC Santa Barbara shot 43.3 percent from three and 33.3 percent overall. The Gauchos set Cal opponent season highs for three pointers made and attempted.
After a dismal first half shooting (14-for-38), Cal started the second half going 11-for-18 from the field in the first six minutes.
The Bears attempted just two free throw shots in the first half -- hitting one -- but went 5-for-7 after the break.
Senior big man Robert Thurman came off the bench and led all scorers at the half with 10 points (tying his season-high in scoring), six of which came on second-chance opportunities. Thurman finished with a game-high 14 points on 7-for-11 shooting, with six rebounds and one block in 23 minutes. Thurman's 14 points were also a season-high.
With the win, Cal moves to 10-0 all-time against the Gauchos, and 32-5 in non-conference home games under Montgomery.
The Bears matched a season-low with eight turnovers, having also turned the ball over eight times last time out against Creighton. Cal went nearly 16:47 between turnovers, committing its second of the game with 11:34 left in the first half, and didn't commit its third until 14:47 was left in the game.
UC Santa Barbara's 22 points at halftime was the lowest total by a Cal opponent in a half this season. Coincidentally, the Bears also led by 22 points with 9:02 left in the game, but let the Gauchos close the lead to nine before the final horn sounded.
UC Santa Barbara's 33.3 shooting percentage from the floor is the lowest by a Cal opponent this year.
Four Bears scored in double figures, including Thurman, Wallace, Crabbe (12) and Kravish (10).
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