The Golden Bears scored the first 11 points of the game Saturday afternoon and never let up, pummeling the hapless Sun Devils, 68-47, in front of 8,859 at Haas Pavilion.
Cal (18-6, 8-3 Pac-12) ramped up its defensive intensity and it was evident from the start, as Arizona State gave the ball away on its first two possession. It ultimately led to 34 points off 20 turnovers.
Allen Crabbe led the way with a game-high 19, including six free throws during the opening run.
The sophomore guard sprained his right ankle early in the second half when his leg was pinned under Arizona State center Jordan Bachynski while scrambling for a loose ball, but returned after a brief stop in the locker room and knocked down another three before sitting for the final 9:17.
Crabbe had X-rays after the game.
It was one of three near misses for an already short-handed team. Forward Harper Kamp dislocated a finger on his left hand taped together, while guard Jorge Gutierrez was hammered in the back of the head as Bachynski came down on him while collecting an offensive rebound.
"It's basketball," Cal head coach Mike Montgomery said. "Stuff is going to happen."
Gutierrez finished with 10 points and five rebounds.
The blowout afforded Cal a chance to give the likes Brandon Smith, Christian Behrens and Alex Rossi more minutes. Outside of forward Robert Thurman and guard Emerson Murray, the bench has been a non-factor this season, exacerbated by forward Richard Solomon's academic ineligibility.
"I like when we're able to do that," Montgomery said. "When you get kids time in a game situation, you find things out that you don't see in practice.
"Jorge and Harper and Crabbe have been playing huge minutes and I thought eventually it could take its toll. The more confidence we can get guys, the better off we'll be."
Under Montgomery, Cal has now won at least 18 games in each of his four seasons at the helm, joining Pete Newell (1957-60) and Ben Braun (1999-2003) as the only coaches to do so. "Well, we hoped it would happen at some point," Montgomery joked when discussing the 18-win barrier. "We've generally done our job. We're hanging in there. That's all you can do is give yourself a chance."
Kyle Cain had 18 points and nine rebounds for Arizona State (7-16 3-8 Pac-12), which dropped to 1-6 on the road in conference play this season.
Trent Lockett missed his sixth consecutive game with a sprained ankle. The junior guard is leads Arizona State in points (13.9) and rebounds (6.4), but has not played since Jan. 14.