California point guard Tyrone Wallace was voted as the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the first week of the season, repeating a feat he accomplished last season, in being the conference's first awardee of the season.
Wallace scored 42 of the Bears' 184 points in an opening pair of 2K Classic games against Alcorn State and Kennesaw State, opening the season with a career-best 22 points and 10 rebounds for his third career double-double against the Braves in the opener.
On Sunday, Wallace was one rebound short of notching his fourth career double-double, scoring 18 and pulling down nine boards, and adding seven assists in the 93-59 win.
Wallace averaged 20 points, 9.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game over the first weekend of the season.
Wallace and the Bears will continue 2K Classic play this week in New York City, squaring off in what senior center David Kravish called an "epic" rematch with No. 23 Syracuse on Thurs., Nov. 20 at 6 p.m.
"It's a great tournament, and we get to play at Madison Square Garden, which is historic, and we get to have that epic rematch with Syracuse for the third time," Kravish said. "That's insane."
The Bears last played the Orange on Nov. 26 of last year during the Maui Invitational, where they lost, 92-81, without the services of big man Richard Solomon, who was out due to a corneal abrasion.
In that game, Kravish went 6-for-8 from the field and 3-for-3 from the free-throw line, but only pulled down one rebound in 25 minutes, scoring 15 points and adding two blocks.
Wallace shot 2-for-8 from the field and 1-for-5 from three, but hit 4-of-7 from the free-throw line and added five rebounds and four assists, though he turned the ball over six times in 35 minutes. Cal's 2012-13 season ended with a 66-60 loss against Syracuse in the third round of the NCAA Tournament in San Jose, Calif., a game in which both Wallace and Kravish played. Wallace went 5-for-13 from the field and 2-for-8 from three-point range, pulling down just one rebound. Kravish was neutralized by the Orange's zone, shooting just 1-for-3 from the field and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe, despite playing 21 minutes.