Mathews’ big night shooting lifts California past Davidson

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Jordan Mathews made five 3-pointers and scored 19 of his season-high 22 points in the first half to help California beat Davidson 86-60 Monday night in the final non-conference game for both teams.

Mathews made 7 of 10 from the field, including 5 of 8 from beyond the arc, as the Golden Bears (10-3) remained unbeaten in nine home games this season. The Pac-12's leading 3-point shooter a year ago, Mathews moved into 10th on Cal's career list for made 3s with 143.

Freshman Ivan Raab had 12 points and 11 rebounds – his fifth double-double – while Jaylen Brown added 17 points and seven assists for the Bears.

Peyton Aldridge scored 15 points with seven rebounds for Davidson (8-3). The Wildcats have lost two of three heading into their Atlantic 10 opener.

California began the season ranked No. 14 before tumbling out of the Top 25 following back-to-back losses in late November and was coming off a tough 63-62 overtime loss to No. 5 Virginia last week.

The Bears took out a lot of their frustrations on Davidson with one of their best shooting nights of the season.

Cal made a season-high 12 3-pointers – its most since setting a school record with 16 against Arizona on March 5, 2009 – and held the nation's third-leading scorer, Jack Gibbs, well below his average.

Gibbs, who has four games with 35 points or more this season and two with 40 or more, was limited to seven against Cal's man-to-man defense. The 6-foot guard was held scoreless for the first 14 minutes and finished 3 of 10 from the field.

Raab and Brown scored on back-to-back dunks midway through the first half to put Cal up by 17. Mathews later followed with consecutive 3s, helping the Bears take a 47-23 lead into halftime.

TIP-INS

Davidson: Guard Jordan Barham left the game with a possible right knee injury with 6 1/2 minutes left in the first half. The team's fourth-leading scorer going into the night, Barham had eight points on 4-of-6 shooting in nine minutes. He spent the entire second half on the bench with his leg wrapped. . The Wildcats have made at least one 3-pointer in 680 consecutive games. . Davidson is 1-3 on the road.

California: Mathews career-high for 3-pointers is six, coming at UCLA on Jan. 11. . The Bears have not allowed more than 67 points at home this season. . Cal's 47 points in the first half matched its season high. . The Bears forced two shot-clock violations over the final eight minutes in the first half. . This was just the second meeting between the two teams. Cal beat Davidson 95-87 on Jan. 2, 2000.

UP NEXT

Davidson: At St. Bonaventure on Saturday.

California: Hosts Colorado on Friday.