Nov. 8, 2007
BERKELEY - Sophomore guard Patrick Christopher scored 32 points and sophomore forward Ryan Anderson added 23 more to lead California to a 100-42 exhibition victory over Alaska Thursday night in Haas Pavilion.
The Golden Bears, who had a significant height advantage over a visiting team that didn't sport a player over 6-7, shot 53.8 percent from the floor and saw 10 players reach the scoring column.
Christopher and Anderson combined to score all of Cal's first 15 points, staking the Bears to a 15-10 lead, before freshman Harper Kamp banked home a lay-up to break the streak. Senior DeVon Hardin followed with a dunk to put the Bears ahead by 11, and they held a double-figure advantage the rest of the way.
Hardin, who was playing in his first game since suffering a stress fracture in his foot last December, finished with eight points, six rebounds, two steals and a block in 16 minutes.
Two other Bears also saw their first action after sitting out all of 2006-07 due to knee injuries. Sophomore Nikola Knezevic started at point guard and, although he didn't score, dished out seven assists against just two turnovers. Sophomore center Jordan Wilkes came off the bench for five points, 10 boards and three assists.
Christopher, though, was the star of the night. He had 16 points in each half, shooting 12-of-17 from the floor and 5-of-9 from three-point distance. He also added four assists and six boards in his 29 minutes on the court. Christopher's high for a regular-season game was 24 points against Oregon State last season.
Cal officially opens the year on Wednesday, Nov. 14 when the Bears host Southern Mississippi at 7:30 p.m.
Head coach Ben Braun Quotes
"The guys were really ready to play tonight after getting after each other every day in practice. We've got a really good group of guys. We've got high hopes, and they were ready."
On the play of Patrick Christopher, whose 32 points included five three-pointers:
"Patrick has been playing this way in practice. We're going to need him to be that kind of guy. He's been shooting the ball really well."
On the overall shooting of the team, which shot 53.8% from the field:
"We've got a lot guys who can shoot. Patrick, Eric [Vierneisel], Jordan [Wilkes], Ryan [Anderson], Harper [Kamp] - they can all shoot it. That's what we're going to have to do. We're going to have to knock down some shots."
On the play of Max Zhang, who entered the game late in the second half:
"In all fairness to Max, he came in after only practicing twice this week. But Max has a lot of good skills."