Cal easily won its first game of the Maui Invitational on Monday with at least four tougher teams hoping to join them on the winners side of the double-elimination tournament.
David Kravish had 19 points and 15 rebounds as Cal beat Arkansas 85-77. Ricky Kreklow scored 17 points off the bench while three others scored in double-digits for the Golden Bears (5-0).
Cal made just under half its shots as a team — 47.5 percent. The Bears had 24 second-chance points on 19 offensive rebounds, and made eight of 20 3-point attempts (40 percent).
Freshman Jabari Bird led the Bears in scoring for most of the game before finishing with 15 points.
Cal will take on Syracuse today.
STANFORD 86, HOUSTON 76
NEW YORK — Dwight Powell and Anthony Brown both scored 20 points to lead Stanford to victory against Houston in the semifinals of the Progressive Legends Classic.
Josh Huestis had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Stanford, which shot 66.7 percent from the field (18-of-27) from the field in the second half.
The Cardinal (5-1) will play Pittsburgh, which beat Texas Tech 76-53, in the championship game today.