AP file photo: Ivan Rabb (1) Cal Bear forward has a lot to be jubilant about as he and Cal freshman Charlie Moore help lead Cal in scoring
By Jeremy Harness
The Cal basketball team was never really challenged Sunday night, as they cruised to a 67-55 win over Southeastern Louisiana inside Haas Pavilion.
The Golden Bears raced out to a 40-22 halftime lead and then held on in the second half. In the process, they ran their record to 4-1 with more than a month before Pac-12 play starts.
Freshman guard Charlie Moore, who is averaging more than 20 points per game in this young season, led the Golden Bears with 22 points while making seven of his 13 shots – including going 4-for-6 from 3-point territory – to go along with four assists and three steals in the process.
Cal out-rebounded its opponent 36-31 and also won the turnover battle. The Bears forced Southeastern Louisiana into 16 turnovers while only committing 11 of their own.
However, one cause for concern for Cal came at the free throws, as the Golden Bears knocked down only 14 of their 26 foul shots, which is only 53.8 percent.
Oakland native Ivan Rabb, a sophomore forward, was not far behind him, adding 17 points while pulling down 10 rebounds.
For Southeastern Louisiana, Davon Hayes led the way with 11 points – aided by making three of his four 3-point attempts – to go with six rebounds.
The Bears will now get ready to take on Louisiana Tech, a team that will visit Haas Pavilion Wednesday night.