Tempers Flare in Cal Loss

Kansas Beats Cal 78-63

By NBC Bay Area Sports
|  Thursday, Dec 23, 2010  |  Updated 8:46 AM PDT
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Tempers Flare in Cal Loss

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California guard Jorge Gutierrez, right, is held back by teammate Harper Camp as head coach Mike Montgomery, center, argues with Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Kansas coach Bill Self was happy with how his team responded after leading scorer Marcus Morris was ejected for a flagrant elbow to the head.

What led to the ejection is what had Self so bothered after another win.
 
Markieff Morris had 21 points and 10 rebounds and No. 3 Kansas overcame the ejection of his twin brother to beat California 78-63 in a testy game Wednesday night.
 
"It was ridiculous," Self said. "We obviously contributed a great amount to it. I think Cal was chippy also, but we didn't handle it very well. We let it bother us too much and had to get the last word in. I was disappointed in how our guys reacted, really disappointed in Marcus. He got exactly what he deserved."
 
Freshman Josh Selby scored 18 points in his second game since an NCAA suspension and the Jayhawks (11-0) remained unbeaten and handed the Golden Bears (6-5) their third loss in four games.
 
This marked Kansas' 10th straight win over Cal. But instead of being remembered for Selby's sweet outside shooting or Morris' strong play inside, this one will be remembered for the chippy second half that featured one flagrant foul, Marcus Morris' ejection and three technical fouls.
 
"If they want to initiate a physical game, I feel very strongly we'll end up on the winning side," Kansas forward Thomas Robinson said.
 
Jorge Gutierrez scored 15 points, Allen Crabbe had 11 and Markhuri Sanders-Frison added 10 points and 12 rebounds for Cal. Coach Mike Montgomery failed in his first try to win his 600th career game.
 
Tyrel Reed scored 18 points and Thomas Robinson added seven points and 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks, who improved to 4-0 against Pac-10 teams this season. Unlike home victories over USC and UCLA, this one didn't go down to the wire.
 
The Jayhawks scored the first nine points of the second half, highlighted by a three-point play from Selby, to take a 47-30 lead. But Cal responded with a 13-0 run, sparked by a 3-pointer by Crabbe that was followed by Marcus Morris' elbow to Harper Kamp's head.
 
Kamp made both free throws for a five-point trip, while Morris was ejected after scoring eight points.
 
"The thing that bothers me in basketball is when guys put their own agendas ahead of their team. That's very, very, very selfish," Self said. "That was about as bad a basketball play as I've ever seen."
 
The chippiness continued from there with Gutierrez and Robinson getting into a scrum during a fight for a loose ball. Gutierrez jumped up off the court angry at Robinson and had to be held back by Montgomery.
 
Other Cal players had to be held back on the bench as the officials tried to settle things down. Both players got technical fouls after the officials checked the replay monitor.

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