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August 20, 2011

Thurman scores 21 in Cal win

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Big Robert Thurman led the California basketball team to victory today against the Danish National Team, netting a game-high 21 points as the Bears came out on top, 81-73.

Thurman started the game, along with Harper Kamp, Allen Crabbe, Brandon Smith, and, for the first time on the trip, senior guard Jorge Gutierrez.

Sophomore big man Richard Solomon was unavailable because of a scratch on his eye, but the big take-away from the game was the performance of Gutierrez, who had been nursing nagging injuries for the duration of the stay overseas.

In his first significant action, Gutierrez netted 13 points, good for second on the team behind Thurman, who continues to have a solid trip. In the opener, Thurman poured in 14 points and pulled down eight boards, and his seven rebounds against Uppsala Basket were one of the game highlights. In a loss to the Norwegian National Team, Thurman pulled down five boards and scored six points.

Cal pulled ahead to a large lead after the first quarter, pacing the Danes 21-11. At halftime, Denmark had closed the gap to 43-38, but a second-half starting five of Thurman, freshman David Kravish, Crabbe, Gutierrez and Smith kept good distance, finishing the third quarter up 59-52.

Sophomore guard Justin Cobbs scored 10 points, as did both Kravish and fellow freshman Christian Behrens. Smith chipped in nine, Crabbe scored six, and Kamp -- who only played two rotations in the first stanza -- scored two.

The Bears finish their trip tomorrow at 1 PM local time (4 AM Pacific) with a second game against the Danes at Farum Arena Stavnsholtvej 41.

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