Cal head basketball coach Cuonzo Martin breaks down Cal's win over East Carolina

BERKELEY -- What did Cal head coach Cuonzo Martin think of the Bears' squeaker over zoning East Carolina?

GAME RECAP

Opening Statement:
“I thought it was a tough fought game. We expected those guys really to play a full game in zone, and they did that. (It was) A really good game for us, especially to come away with a win. The level of attention to detail you have to give in practice when you go against a zone, I think now our guys are doing a better job with the zone defense just to duplicate game situations, so it was a good one for us. I didn’t think we did a poor job; we did a great job offensive rebounding so we found a way to get a win”

On Ivan Rabb:
“I thought he played well. Outside of the fouls, I thought he played really well, rebounded the ball, kept the ball alive, made plays, blocked shots, (and) makes good decisions with the basketball when he is dealt with in the post. I thought he played really well. Again, watching him play I can tell he had a good game without looking at the stats sheet. I can tell he played well. He did a really good job of playing assertive, playing aggressive and then now the biggest key is keeping him out of foul trouble.”

Notebook

  • With tonight’s 70-62 win, the Golden Bears improve to 10-2 in non-conference home games under Cuonzo Martin. Cal has won its first three games to open a season for the sixth consecutive season.
  • Rabb finished with his second career double-double in three games, and his third straight game of double figures in points with 14. He also pulled down 13 rebounds, tying his season best in both categories. He also had a season-best five blocked shots against East Carolina, the most since David Kravish also had five against Alcorn State last year.
  • Rabb now has nine blocks through three games this season. Rabb hit four of six free throws making him 16-for-18 on the year, though the Bears went 19-of-31 from the line. With the game tied at 11-11 in the first half, Rabb made two free throws, blocked a shot and then was good on a put-back to give Cal a 15-11 lead in a four-point swing.
  • Cal had six blocked shots as a team for the second time this year (Rice, 7).
  • Four of the five Cal starters hit double figures in scoring, led by senior point guard Tyrone Wallace's 20 points. It was Wallace's third straight game scoring 20 or more.
  • Wallace has led the Bears in scoring in four consecutive games, dating back to last season’s Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinal game against Arizona on March 12, 2015. Wallace enjoyed his 16th consecutive game in double figures scoring. He ranks No. 21 on the Cal career rolls in career points, now with 1,260. Kravish (2012-15) is 20th with 1,266. It was Wallace’s 18th career 20-point performance.
  • Freshman Jaylen Brown was second in scoring for the Bears tonight with 16 points, one shy of his season high. Along with his personal-best 10 rebounds, Brown notched his first career double-double.
  • After hitting one 3-pointer tonight, Jordan Mathews needs 21 more to crack Cal’s career top-10 list.
  • The Bears went 3-of-23 from beyond the arc, their worst mark this season.
  • Cal opened the game on an 8-1 run through the first six minutes before ECU scored its first field goal.
  • The Pirates missed their first five shots from the field, and didn't hit their first field goal until Michael Zangari hit one with 13:49 left in the first half.
  • The first half went back and forth until the 5:42 mark when the Bears went on an 8-0 run to take a 27-17 lead with just over two minutes left until the Pirates snapped their scoring drought. Cal never gave up the lead the rest of the way.
  • Friday's attendance was 8,658.

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