Joe Shipp and Solomon Hughes each led the Bears with 20 points and Dennis Gates added 15. Freshman Jamal Sampson added 10 points. But perhaps the most impressive performance last night was that of Gabriel Hughes, whose hustle and energy provided the Bears with a defensive spark which will be essential if Cal wants to compete for a Pac-10 title.
The game provided little drama as the outcome was decided about 10 minutes into the first half. Coach Ben Braun did use his bench and it seems that he could go as much as 12-13 deep if he so chooses. However, it's most likely he'll choose to fix that number at 10-11 in order to maintain continuity.
Unfortunately this was an exhibition game so it's very difficult to tell how good this team is or can be. An exhibition against EA Sports follows and then the season opens with the Princeton Tigers. However, the destiny of this team won't be determined until they open Pac-10 play with Stanford. Those games will reveal a great deal about this year's version of Golden Bears and will show if this is just a tournament team or perhaps something more.