Short-handed Cal shot just 36 percent from the field and was held 21 points below its average of 75 a game in a 68-54 loss at Creighton on Sunday.

The Bears were without guard Ricky Kreklow, who broke his right hand in practice. Freshman Jabari Bird started in Kreklow's place, but he left with 5:02 to play in the first half with a sprained right ankle.

There was no timetable for how long Bird will be sidelined. He was wearing a protective boot in the second half. Kreklow, a transfer from Missouri, will be out four to six weeks.

Justin Cobbs led the Bears (8-4) with 13 points. Doug McDermott had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Bluejays (9-2).

"As poorly as we shot the ball, it looked like maybe Bird was going to have it going a little bit," Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. "He had a nice 3 with good rotation, he hit another one in traffic."

South Carolina 78, Saint Mary's 71: Tyrone Johnson scored 16 points to lead four players in double figures as the Gamecocks (3-5) beat the Gaels (9-1) at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. Brad Waldow had 20 points for Saint Mary's. Trailing 68-60 with five minutes left, the Gaels cut the deficit to 70-68 after Beau Levesque's basket with 2:57 left. Johnson hit a 3-pointer for a 73-68 lead with 2:11 left, and the Gaels got no closer than four points the rest of the game.


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UNLV 92, Santa Clara 71: Deville Smith had 21 points as the Runnin' Rebels (7-4) beat the Broncos (6-6) in the Las Vegas Classic. Two free throws by Evan Roquemore pulled Santa Clara within 62-56 with 12:31 left, but UNLV scored 14 of the next 17 points. Jared Brownridge led the Broncos with 22 points.

USF 77, American 69: Avry Holmes had 15 points as the Dons (7-5) beat the visiting Eagles (3-7). USF pulled away in the final two minutes with a 13-6 run sparked by back-to-back layups by Anthony Glover (nine points).

Akron 83, Oregon State 71: Demetrius Treadwell scored 24 points, and the Zips (6-2) beat the Beavers (6-3) at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. President Barack Obama and the First Family were among the 8,694 fans. OSU coach Craig Robinson is the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama.

Notre Dame: Jerian Grant, the son of former NBA great Harvey Grant and the team's leading scorer, won't play the rest of the season because of an "academic matter."

Women

Connecticut 80, Cal 47: The No. 21 Bears (7-3) made their first trip to the Final Four last April, but they were not a match for the top-ranked and defending national champion Huskies at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Breanna Stewart, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, led the Huskies (12-0) with 29 points and 10 rebounds. She finished the first half with 21 points -- one more than Cal had at that point.

"I had a chance to be part of USA Basketball so I got to see her close up this summer," Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. "There is nothing Breanna can't do. ... She's going to be in an Olympic jersey someday."

Brittany Boyd, Cal's star guard, finished with nine points but was 3 for 23 from the field.

Duke 69, Kentucky 61: Tricia Liston had 28 points to help the No. 2 Blue Devils (12-1) beat the Wildcats (11-1) before 23,706 at Rupp Arena -- the largest crowd to see a women's game in Kentucky.

Notre Dame 106, Central Michigan 72: Jewell Loyd had 30 points and 11 rebounds to help the Irish (10-0) rout the Chippewas (4-6) for the program's 800th victory.