Justin Cobbs did what he could to keep the Cal Golden Bears in the game on Wednesday, but it wasn’t enough as Dayton took the third place game of the Maui Invitational 82-64.
Cobbs scored the first 12 points of the second half for Cal (5-2), but the Flyers (6-1) went on a 12-point run early in the second half that helped them out to a 52-39 lead.
Dayton got hot in the second half, hitting nearly 52 percent of its shots after shooting below 50 percent in the first half.
Cold or not, the Flyers led by 10 at halftime, 37-27, thanks in large part to a 14-0 run midway through the first half that carried them from a seven-point deficit at 15-8 to a seven-point lead, 22-15.
Cal got to within two at 41-39 early in the second half before Dayton stepped on the accelerator again, scoring 12 straight points to expand the edge to 53-39, and the Flyers cruised home from there.
Devin Oliver scored 21 points for Dayton, while Jalen Robinson added 17 points and two blocked shots. Vee Sanford scored 14 points, Kyle Davis tossed in 12, Devin Scott grabbed eight rebounds and Dyshawn Pierre blocked a pair of shots.
Cobbs scored 31 points for cal on 12-of-20 shooting, but the rest of the squad managed to hit just 11-of 37. Cobbs also blocked two shots. David Kravish scored 12 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked five shots and Roger Moute a Bidias came off the bench to swat two shots.
Freshman sensation Jabari Bird was held to six points on 1-of-7 shooting and Cal’s offense had trouble getting rolling—just four of the Golden Bears 23 baskets were assisted.
Cal returns to the mainland to host UC Irvine (4-3) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Haas Pavilion.