TEMPE, Ariz. -- Translating effort into results is the next step for the Cal basketball team.

The Golden Bears (7-7, 0-2 Pac-10), coming off an encouraging 73-71 loss at Arizona, face Arizona State (8-6, 1-2) today, hoping to avoid their first 0-3 conference start in 11 seasons.

"It's still about performance, and we're going to have to make plays," Cal coach Mike Montgomery said.

Arizona star sophomore Derrick Williams came through on that count against Cal, scoring a career-high 31 points Thursday.

Cal often got good shots, but not enough of them went in. "That's been the case a lot where "... we got a better shot than they just got, but they made it and we didn't," Montgomery said. "That's what I'm talking about with performance."

In the wake of freshman guard Gary Franklin quitting the team this week, Montgomery said young players such as Bak Bak, Richard Solomon, Emerson Murray and Nigel Carter will get more opportunity but that they need to show improvement.

"They've just got to not be young guys with not much experience," Montgomery said.

  • Montgomery is not happy that the Bears played in the 8:30 p.m. (MT) slot Thursday night and must return 40 hours later for a 12:30 p.m. (MT) tipoff today. Those scheduling issues came on the heels of playing last Sunday night at Stanford, as opposed to a more typical Saturday assignment.

    "Why wouldn't we have played early (Thursday) night? I really don't understand it," he said. "Honest opinion, I don't care if it's us or someone else, you shouldn't allow that to happen."


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  • Cal junior Harper Kamp, who grew up in Mesa, Ariz., and as a high schooler played open-gym at Wells Fargo Arena against former Arizona State star Ike Diogu, said he wasn't really recruited by the Sun Devils until it was too late.

    "The day I called coach (Ben) Braun and committed to Cal, about five minutes later (then-new Arizona State) coach (Herb) Sendek called," Kamp said. "It was like his first day there. He started talking to me and I broke him the news right there."

  • The Sun Devils scored just 41 points Thursday in their loss to Stanford, a record-low for ASU in its home arena. That senior point guard Jamelle McMillan sat out with a groin injury didn't help. McMillan is not expected to play today.

    ASU shot 1 for 14 from 3-point range, was out-rebounded 25-8 in the second half and missed its final nine shots in the 55-41 defeat.

    today's game
    Cal (7-7, 0-2 Pac-10) at Arizona State (8-6, 1-2), 11:30 a.m., CSNBA