Nov. 11, 2009
No. 12/13 Cal Goes For Second Win vs. Detroit
California Golden Bears (1-0) vs. Detroit Titans (0-0)
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 8:00 p.m., Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: ESPNU
Following a close five-point victory over Murray State on Monday, No. 12/13 California looks to improve to 2-0 on the young season when it faces Detroit on Wednesday, Nov, 11, at 8 p.m. at Haas Pavilion as part of the regional portion of the 2009 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
The Golden Bears, who were picked to win the Pac-10 in the conference media poll that came out on Oct. 29, were led by seniors Jerome Randle and Theo Robertson against the Racers. Randle posted a game-high 18 points, while Robertson recorded 14 points and six rebounds. With his 18 points, Randle moved up to 18th on Cal's all-time career scoring list with 1,202 points, and he just 13 points behind Doug True for 17th (1,215). Ten of Randle's 18 points came from the free throw line. He ended the night an impressive 10-for-11 from the charity stripe.
Senior guard Patrick Christopher is now 24th on the school's all-time scoring with 1,167 points, after notching 13 on Monday night, and it was also his 100th career game (80th career start).
Making his first start as a Bear, junior center Markhuri Sanders-Frison, a transfer from South Plains College, made his presence felt immediately, snaring a team-best seven rebounds. Last season's leading rebounder, senior forward Jamal Boykin, had five boards of his own.
One of the major contributing factors to Cal's 20-win campaign in 2008-09 was its three-point shooting. Against Murray State on Monday, the Bears connected on five of their 12 attempts. Sophomore guard Jorge Gutierrez was a clean 2-for-2 from behind the arc. Gutierrez also collected two steals. He paced the team with 27 a year ago. Also getting some quality playing time was sophomore Omondi Amoke, who put in 16 minutes of work and had three rebounds. Besides Sanders-Frison, freshman guard Brandon Smith was the other newcomer to get involved on Monday. Smith, a true freshman, swished his first collegiate basket to go with his eight minutes of play.
Probable Starters (2008-09 Averages & Notes)
POS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPG F 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 240 Sr 9.6 6.4 F 24 Theo Robertson 6-6 230 Sr 13.1 3.9 C 45 Markhuri Sanders-Frison 6-8 275 Jr G 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 172 Sr 18.3 4.5 apg G 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 220 Sr 14.5 3.8