Cal junior point guard Sam Singer speaks following the Bears' first-round NCAA Tournament loss to No. 13-seeded Hawaii

Our Steven Summers talks with Cal point guard Sam Singer following the Golden Bears' first-round loss to Hawaii in the NCAA Tournament.

For five games, while senior point guard Tyrone Wallace was laid up with a broken hand earlier in the season, California junior Sam Singer started at the point for the Golden Bears. He started during Wallace's first three games back on the floor. Cal went 6-2 with Singer at the helm. During the stretch, Singer twice broke his career high in assists, first with nine against Stanford and then with 11 against Oregon. He averaged 4.1 ppg, 5.0 apg and 3.9 rpg over the eight games.

Since returning from injury, Wallace had led Cal to seven wins in nine tries, averaging 16.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and  4.7 rebounds, and the Bears averaged 85.4 points per game since Wallace's return, up from their season average of 75.1.

With Wallace's hand broken again on Friday, and Wallace sitting at home in Berkeley, Singer started again, going a career-best 5-of-9 from the floor for 12 points, with five rebounds and two steals, but no assists, as the Bears shot 23-of-56 from the floor (41.1%) and 3-of-19 from three-point range (15.8%), with Jabari Bird sidelined due to illness. The Bears had just six total assists on the game. Top Stories