Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/29/14
UC Irvine coach Russell Turner spent nearly a decade learning from Mike Montgomery as an assistant, so before he faced his longtime friend from the opposite bench Turner invited Montgomery over to meet his team. Montgomery stayed only briefly and said only a few words. The gesture still meant plenty to Turner, whose team lost 77-56 to No. 24 California on Friday night. ''We had a good little back and forth, as Mike's great doing with anybody,'' Turner said. ''That was important to me because I do have incredible respect for what that guy has done at every stop and what he's doing here. ''I introduced him to my team today because he's going to be in the Hall of Fame as a college coach one day.'' Montgomery had to save his energy for his own team. Cal's fourth-year coach returned to the bench three-plus weeks after undergoing surgery for bladder cancer and guided the Golden Bears to a solid season-opening victory. ''I'm fine,'' Montgomery said afterward in his typical matter-of-...
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