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Mike Montgomery Goes for 600th Win Against Hartford
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Release:  12/27/2010

Dec. 27, 2010

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California (6-5, 0-0) vs. Hartford (2-8, 0-0)
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010
Time: 7:30 p.m. PT
Location: Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
TV: None
Radio: KNEW 910

California looks to end its nonconference portion of the schedule, as well as its five-game homestand, on a high note when the Golden Bears welcome Hartford to Haas Pavilion on Tuesday, Dec. 28, at 7:30 p.m. If the Bears are victorious, head coach Mike Montgomery will earn his 600th career NCAA Division I win.

Cal (6-5) fell to No. 3 Kansas on Dec. 22, 78-63, but the Bears put up a good fight against the Jayhawks. At one point in the second half, Cal dwindled the lead down to three before Kansas went on a 13-2 run to take a permanent stranglehold on the contest. Senior center Markhuri Sanders-Frison recorded his third career double-double and the second in as many games. He scored 10 points and tied his career high in rebounds with 12. On the season, Sanders-Frison is shooting .591 from the field, which ranks third among the Pac-10 leaders.

Junior forward Harper Kamp currently leads the Pac-10 in free throw shooting at 87.0 percent (40-46). Junior guard Jorge Gutierrez has been solid from the charity stripe, as well (50-65), as well as freshman guard Allen Crabbe (15-18).

A team that will pride itself on its defense all year, the Bears' defense is holding opposing offenses to shoot just over 40 percent from the field (40.1). On Dec. 18, Cal Poly shot 29.4 percent against the Bears and 14.3 percent from three-point distance. Cal also boasts 64 steals on the campaign, led by Gutierrez's 15. Crabbe is second on that list with 11 after notching two against Kansas. Crabbe's eight blocks paces his team, as well.

Cal has also been successful in the rebounding department. In the Bears' loss to then-No. 14 San Diego State on Dec. 8, the Bears outrebounded the Aztecs by 10 (38-28). Last Wednesday against No. 3 Kansas, Cal was outrebounded by only one (40-39). Sanders-Frison currently leads the team on the boards at 8.2 rpg.

Boasting a 4-3 record in Haas Pavilion thus far this year, Cal has won 42 of its last 47 nonconference home games. Cal went 15-1 for the entire 2009-10 season at Haas Pavilion, with the lone defeat coming in overtime against UCLA. In 2008-09, the Bears were 9-0 in Berkeley against teams outside the Pac-10. In his first three years as head coach at Cal, Mike Montgomery currently has a record of 35-6 on the home court.

With the win over UC Davis on Dec. 1, Montgomery reached 50 wins at Cal in 74 games -- faster than any coach at Cal since Nibs Price won 50 of his first 60 games from 1924-25 through the start of the 1928-29 season. He is also one win away from his 600th career collegiate head coaching victory. He will become the seventh active head coach to record 600 Division I victories. If Cal beats Hartford, there will be a brief ceremony immediately following the game.

Probable Starters

POS     NO      NAME                    HT    WT      YR      PPG     RPG
F       22      Harper Kamp             6-8   245     Jr.     12.6    5.5
Collected 20 points against So. Miss.
C       10      Markhuri Sanders-Frison 6-7   265     Sr.     9.2     8.2
Earned double-doubles in past two games
G       2       Jorge Gutierrez         6-3   195     Jr.     12.8    3.7 (APG)
Reached double figures in scoring nine times this season
G       23      Allen Crabbe            6-6   205     Fr.     7.7     4.8
Collected 11 points, six rebounds and three assists vs. Kansas
G       4       Gary Franklin           6-2   195     Fr.     8.3     1.1
Led Cal in scoring with 13 points against UC Davis

Hartford Scouting Report
A Look at Hartford

Hartford comes to Berkeley with a record of 2-8. The Hawks haven't take the court since Dec. 11 when they lost to Monmouth in double overtime, 78-74. Hartford's two wins this year have come over St. Francis (PA) and Brown. Joe Zeglinski currently paces the Hawks in scoring at 15.9 ppg. Milton Burton leads the Hawks on the boards at 7.3 rpg, and he's also averaging 10.7 ppg.

Cal-Hartford Series History
This is the first meeting between Cal and Hartford.

Hartford Head Coach John Gallagher
John Gallagher is in his first season as head coach at Harford. Gallagher made his return to the Hartford sidelines after spending two seasons as the Hawks' associate head coach from 2006-08. He spent the past two seasons on Glen Miller's staff at the University of Pennsylvania.

Probable Starters

Pos     No      Name              Ht      Wt      Yr      Ppg     Rpg
F       23      Morgan Sabia      6-8     200     Sr.     14.5    6.9
F       25      Anthony Minor     6-6     200     Sr.      6.4    4.2
G        1      Milton Burton     6-4     175     Sr.     10.7    7.3
G       24      Joe Zeglinski     6-0     185     Sr.     15.9    4.4
G       32      Clayton Brothers  6-1     170     Jr.      4.3    2.9

For more information: www.hartfordhawks.com

Golden Bear Notes
Jayhawks Top Bears by 15 in Pete Newell Classic

In the first Pete Newell Classic, No. 3 Kansas defeated Cal, 78-63, on Dec. 22 at Haas Pavilion. In front of a near-sellout crowd, the Bears trimmed the Jayhawk lead from 15 to three with just under 13 minutes remaining the game. Kansas then went on a 13-2 run to regain a stranglehold on the game. Markhuri Sanders-Frison registered his second straight double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds), which was also the third of his career. The 12 boards tied his career high. Jorge Gutierrez (15) and Allen Crabbe (11) also reached double figures.

Montgomery Approaching 600 wins
With the victory over UC Davis on Dec. 1, Mike Montgomery reached 50 wins at Cal in 74 games -- faster than any coach at Cal since Nibs Price won 50 of his first 60 games from 1924-25 through the start of the 1928-29 season. He is also one win away from his 600th career collegiate head coaching victory. He will become the seventh active head coach to record 600 Division I victories. If the Bears defeat Hartford, there will be a brief ceremony immediately following the game.
Active NCAA Division I Head Coaches with 600 Wins

1. Mike Krzyzewski  879
2. Jim Boeheim      841
3. Jim Calhoun      832
4. Gary Williams    657
5. Roy Williams     621
6. Bob Huggins      607
7. Mike Montgomery  599

Getting it Done on the Boards
Entering this season without a lot of size, Cal has held its own in the rebounding department. In the Bears' loss to then-No. 14 San Diego State on Dec. 8, the Bears outrebounded the Aztecs by 10 (38-28). Last Wednesday against No. 3 Kansas, Cal was outrebounded by only one (40-39). A big reason for the strong play on the glass comes from Markhuri Sanders-Frison, the team's leading rebounder at 8.2 rpg. He has hit his personal high of 12 rebounds twice this season (San Diego State, Kansas). Harper Kamp is second on the team in rebounds at 5.5 rpg. He notched a career-high of 10 at Iowa State on Dec. 4. Allen Crabbe is currently averaging 4.8 rpg after collecting six boards against Kansas last Wednesday. Cal has outrebounded seven of its 11 opponents this season and has a rebounding margin of +3.4.

Crabbe has Solid Game Against Kansas
Allen Crabbe had been quiet in his past couple games before last Wednesday's showdown against Kansas. Crabbe was one of the Bears' solid contributors vs. the Jayhawks, finishing that game with 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals. Earlier this season, he earned his first collegiate double-double against Notre Dame on Nov. 26 when he notched 10 points and 10 rebounds. Crabbe is averaging 7.7 ppg and third on the team in rebounds at 4.8 rpg. He has also been good on 15 of his 18 tries from the free throw line. He just missed getting his first double-double against Temple on Nov. 25 when he boasted a season-best 12 points and eight rebounds. He nailed three treys at Iowa State. Against Southern Miss. on Dec. 12, Crabbe notched two assists and two steals. His eight blocks pace the team, while his 11 steals rank second on the squad.

Gutierrez Leads the Way for the Bears
Jorge Gutierrez has reached double figures in nine of the 11 games this season, after recording just four double-figure scoring performances last season. Ever the tough defender, Gutierrez's 15 steals, part of the team's 64, leads the team. He tied his season high with three against Southern Miss. He is first on the team in scoring at 12.8 ppg, and set new career highs in scoring in the first two games of the season (18 vs. Cal State Northridge and 20 vs. New Mexico). Taking over as the team's primary point guard, Gutierrez has recorded a personal-best eight assists twice this season. He posted 19 points against San Diego State on Dec. 8, and shot 9-for-9 from the free throw line. In the past six games, Gutierrez has gone 27-for-35 at the charity stripe.

Harper Kamp: Picking Up Where He Left Off
After redshirting last season due to a nagging knee injury, Harper Kamp has jumped into the fire as one of the Bears' most reliable players this season. Kamp posted a career-best 25 points against New Mexico on Nov. 20, and secured his second 20-point outing against Southern Miss. on Dec. 12. He also had a career day at Iowa State on Dec. 4, recording his first career double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds). The 10 boards were a new career high for Kamp, and he also tied his personal best in assists (5) and set a new career best in blocks (3). Kamp is currently second on the team in scoring (12.6) and second in rebounding (5.5). After making his first 10 free throws this season, he has made 40 of his 46 tries (.870) from the charity stripe, including a perfect 6-for-6 effort against Southern Miss., which is the best in the Pac-10 right now.

Sanders-Frison Racking up the Double-Doubles
After battling back spasms through the second half of last season, Markhuri Sanders-Frison has produced double-doubles in his last two games. He posted 10 points and 12 rebounds against Kansas on Dec. 22 and and 15 points and 10 rebounds against Cal Poly on Dec. 18. He has led Cal in rebounding eight of the 11 games this season. Sanders-Frison's efforts on the boards have helped Cal currently lead the conference in defensive rebounds at 26.5 per game. Sanders-Frison is also pacing the Bears on the boards at 8.2 rpg on the season that ranks fourth in the conference. He posted double figures in scoring three consecutive games earlier this season, including a 12-point effort at Iowa State on Dec. 4. He got his senior season off to a great start with his first career double-double against Cal State Northridge on Nov. 16, tallying a personal-best 15 points and tied his then-career high in rebounds with 10. He is shooting 26-for-36 from the field in his last six games. On the season, Sanders-Frison is shooting .591 from the field, which ranks third among the Pac-10 leaders. In his first four games this season, Sanders-Frison made just nine of his 24 attempts. His 9.2 ppg ranks third on the team.

Help Off the Bench
As much as the Bears rely on their veterans to lead the team, Cal has also gotten significant help off the bench. Brandon Smith has totaled at least 18 minutes off the bench in eight games this season. He is second on the team in assists with 37. Richard Solomon has collected 10 steals on the year, and is currently averaging 4.3 ppg and 4.4 rpg. Bak Bak and Nigel Carter have made the most noise on the court off the bench. Carter went 4-for-4 from behind the arc against Southern Miss. on Dec. 12, while Bak produced career highs in scoring (12) and rebounds (6) against UC Davis on Dec. 1, shooting a perfect 6-for-6 from the field.

Cal's Freshman Class was Ranked in the Top 20
Cal's freshman class this season was ranked No. 17 by Rivals.com and No. 24 by ESPN. Leading the way is guard Allen Crabbe out of Price HS in Los Angeles, who was named the 2010 California Gatorade Player of the Year and Parade All-American. Among Cal's other standout recruits is Gary Franklin (Mater Dei HS), whom ESPN listed as the No. 66 recruit in the nation. Two other newcomers join the squad from the Los Angeles area - freshman forward Richard Solomon and Justin Cobbs, a sophomore transfer from Minnesota who attended Bishop Montgomery HS. Solomon was a high school teammate of Crabbe's and was rated the No. 20 power forward in the nation by Rivals.com. One of the Bears' later signings, Emerson Murray from Vancouver, British Columbia, played on the Canadian Junior National team this past summer and was regarded by Hoopstars Canada as the second-best backcourt prospect in Canada. Alex Rossi is a natural shooter who is also known for his defensive abilities.

Golden Bear Notes
Max Zhang, Cal's 7-3 center who would have been a junior this season, recently signed with a professional team in China, ending his collegiate career ... Harper Kamp played chess competitively as a child ... Brandon Smith, a graduate of De La Salle High School, has been to four different continents, including working for an outreach program for schools and orphanages in India ... Emerson Murray comes from a family with a history of competing in track and field. His father is a long time track and field coach, and his sister was a member of the Canadian National Track and Field team and competed at Hawaii ... The lone signee this fall for the Bears was 6-9, 210-forward Davis Kravish out of Lee's Summit, Mo ... Cal's Pac-10 title last season was the Bears' first since 1960 ... Cal was 24-11 overall and 13-5 in the conference in 2009-10 ... Mike Montgomery has won 46 games in his first two seasons in Berkeley, breaking the school record of 39 set by Lou Campanelli in 1986 and '87.

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