Newcomers Justin Cobbs and David Kravish joined the mix in a big way Sunday night, helping the 24th-ranked Cal basketball team to an 81-54 victory over George Washington in the CBE Classic at Haas Pavilion.
Cobbs, a transfer from Minnesota, and Kravish, a 6-foot-9 freshman, were on the floor and in the middle of things during a 21-0 run that closed the first half and pushed the Bears into a 20-point lead at the break.
The visiting Colonials (1-1) led 16-14 after a 3-point basket by Nemanka Mikic with 8:56 left in the half. That was soon a distant memory.
By the time the teams left the court for intermission, Cal (2-0) had stormed to a 39-19 lead.
Cobbs, subbing for starting point guard Brandon Smith, had 10 points and four assists in the half, and Kravish, who came on when Richard Solomon picked up two early fouls, contributed five points and five rebounds before halftime.
Cobbs wound up with 16 points and five assists, and Kravish -- with his parents and younger brother in the crowd -- finished with five points, nine rebounds and a blocked shot.
They delivered welcome contributions two nights after coach Mike Montgomery expressed his disappointment with the play of his bench in a 77-56 rout of UC Irvine.
Cobbs and Kravish certainly weren't perfect. Cobbs had the ball picked from him early in the second half, and Kravish missed a wide-open reverse layup that drew a smile from Montgomery on the bench.
Sophomore wing Allen Crabbe led the Bears in scoring for the second straight game, notching 21 points to go with five rebounds. Senior guard Jorge Gutierrez contributed 15 points, five assists and four rebounds.
Rebounding and running its transition game, Cal scored on nine of its final 10 possessions of the half. The Bears racked up the final 21 points of the period in less than 51/2 minutes.
The visitors from Washington, D.C., meanwhile, could not find the basket, finishing the half at 29.6 percent from the floor. The Colonials made just one of their final 15 shots in the period, and that one was an off-balance heave by Tony Taylor just before the shot clock expired.
Cal made seven straight shots from the floor at one point and converted 58.3 percent for the half.
After George Washington missed its first four shots in the second half, it had converted just 1 of 19 over a stretch spanning nearly 12 minutes.
The Bears' lead reached 46-20 when Solomon made two free throws with 17:18 left, capping a 32-4 run.
Taylor led GWU with 20 points.
Cal plays its second preliminary-round game in the CBE Classic on Tuesday at home against Austin Peay. The Bears will play in Kansas City next week regardless of the result of Tuesday's game.
Austin Peay (0-1) at Cal (2-0), 7 p.m. ESPN2