Raab sits but Cal has no problem beating South Dakota State

BERKELEY, California (AP) Jabari Bird and Sam Singer scored 14 points apiece and California beat South Dakota State 82-53 on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

The Golden Bears hardly seemed to miss preseason All-American Ivan Raab, who sat out with an injured toe he suffered two weeks ago.

California built a 16-point lead in the first half and pulled away with a 30-3 run early in the second half to extend its home winning streak to 19 games – the second-longest streak in team history.

Grant Mullins added 13 points and seven rebounds while Roger Moute a Bidias added a career-high 12 points, six rebounds and five assists.

The Bears had little problem against the smaller and outmatched Jackrabbits, who kept things close in the first half before falling apart in the second half of coach T.J. Otzelberger's debut.