Dec 29, 2010
Mike Montgomery Wins No. 600

Mike Montgomery won’t get many victories as easy as this one, but he’ll remember it more than some of the others. It was his 600th, after all.

It came at the expense of dreadful Hartford on Tuesday night in a sparsely attended affair at Haas Pavilion, a 74-56 win for Cal in its last nonconference basketball game before the start of Pac-10 play Sunday at Stanford.

Though the Bears played sloppily throughout and had 20 turnovers, they nevertheless improved to 7-5. Montgomery, meanwhile, improved to 600-271 in his 29th season as a collegiate head coach at his third college, after Montana (1978-86) and Stanford (1986-2004).

Montgomery is the seventh active Division I men’s coach to reach 600 victories, joining Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Jim Calhoun, Gary Williams, Roy Williams and Bob Huggins.

Montgomery said he felt “probably the same as … at 599, just happy to get a win. Worked with a lot of good coaches, a lot of good teams, a lot of good players. I’m thankful to have the opportunity 29 (seasons) ago at Montana and still be doing it.”

In his first season at Montana in 1978-79, win No. 1 for Montgomery was against Wisconsin-Stout, which was probably as competitive then as Hartford was for No. 600.

“He was happy with 600, but he said can we get to 612 or 615 by the end of the season?” freshman wing Allen Crabbe said. “We just laughed about it. It’s a challenge for us to see if we can get some victories in the Pac-10.”

The Bears unquestionably played down to the level of competition, such as it was, from the 2-9 Hawks of the obscure America East Conference and produced several embarrassing moments.

Freshman guard Gary Franklin, on the offensive end and looking to set up a play, had the ball poked out of his hand by a Hartford player, who scored on a layup. Junior guard Jorge Gutierrez was the victim of a 10-second violation in casually bringing the ball up court and later on an inbounds play inexplicably lobbed the ball to an opponent.

Be that as it may, Cal had no trouble building comfortable leads. It was 39-25 at halftime and 50-30 on Crabbe’s three-point shot at 15:28.

The Bears had four players in double figures, led by forward Harper Kamp’s 19 and Crabbe’s 17, and four players with at least nine rebounds.

Briefly: Bak Bak got his first career start when Montgomery decided to rest Markhuri Sanders-Frison (aching feet). … It was the first-ever game between Cal and Hartford.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/12/28/SP371H0KU8.DTL#ixzz19WL5P03D

Mike Montgomery Wins No. 600

San Francisco Chronicle

Mike Montgomery won’t get many victories as easy as this one, but he’ll remember it more than some of the others. It was his 600th, after all.

It came at the expense of dreadful Hartford on Tuesday night in a sparsely attended affair at Haas Pavilion, a 74-56 win for Cal in its last nonconference basketball game before the start of Pac-10 play Sunday at Stanford.

Though the Bears played sloppily throughout and had 20 turnovers, they nevertheless improved to 7-5. Montgomery, meanwhile, improved to 600-271 in his 29th season as a collegiate head coach at his third college, after Montana (1978-86) and Stanford (1986-2004).

Montgomery is the seventh active Division I men’s coach to reach 600 victories, joining Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Jim Calhoun, Gary Williams, Roy Williams and Bob Huggins .

Montgomery said he felt “probably the same as … at 599, just happy to get a win. Worked with a lot of good coaches, a lot of good teams, a lot of good players. I’m thankful to have the opportunity 29 (seasons) ago at Montana and still be doing it.”

In his first season at Montana in 1978-79, win No. 1 for Montgomery was against Wisconsin-Stout, which was probably as competitive then as Hartford was for No. 600.

“He was happy with 600, but he said can we get to 612 or 615 by the end of the season?” freshman wing Allen Crabbe said. “We just laughed about it. It’s a challenge for us to see if we can get some victories in the Pac-10.”

The Bears unquestionably played down to the level of competition, such as it was, from the 2-9 Hawks of the obscure America East Conference and produced several embarrassing moments.

Freshman guard Gary Franklin, on the offensive end and looking to set up a play, had the ball poked out of his hand by a Hartford player, who scored on a layup. Junior guard Jorge Gutierrez was the victim of a 10-second violation in casually bringing the ball up court and later on an inbounds play inexplicably lobbed the ball to an opponent.

Be that as it may, Cal had no trouble building comfortable leads. It was 39-25 at halftime and 50-30 on Crabbe’s three-point shot at 15:28.

The Bears had four players in double figures, led by forward Harper Kamp’s 19 and Crabbe’s 17, and four players with at least nine rebounds.

Briefly: Bak Bak got his first career start when Montgomery decided to rest Markhuri Sanders-Frison (aching feet). … It was the first-ever game between Cal and Hartford.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/12/28/SP371H0KU8.DTL#ixzz19WL5P03D






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