Cal Faces Temple in First Round of Old Spice Classic
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Release:  11/22/2010

Nov. 22, 2010

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California (2-0, 0-0) vs. Temple (2-0, 0-0)
Date: Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010
Time: 6:00 p.m. PT
Location: HP Field House, Orlando, Fla.
Radio: KNEW 910

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Winning its opening two games on the home court, the California men's basketball team now heads across the country to Florida to participate in the 2010 Old Spice Classic in Orlando from Nov. 25-28 at the HP Field House. The Golden Bears (2-0) will face Temple (2-0) in its first game of the tournament Thursday, Nov. 25, at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN2.

The Bears picked up their second win of the season last Saturday with a convincing victory over New Mexico, 89-64, at Haas Pavilion. Cal was led by juniors Harper Kamp and Jorge Gutierrez, who both notched new career highs in scoring with 25 and 20, respectively. Gutierrez, who has taken the reigns as the team's starting point guard; has tallied new career highs in scoring in each of the first two games. Ever the strong defender, Gutierrez recorded five steals last week, as well, and now has 60 for his collegiate career.

Boasting a youthful team this season with five true freshmen, the Bears turned to their newcomers to make an immediate impact right away, and they have not disappointed. Freshman guard Gary Franklin scored 16 points against the Lobos, drilling four of the 10 three-point attempts that he took. Guard Allen Crabbe, a 6-6 freshman, grabbed five rebounds and swatted two blocks against New Mexico, after scoring eight points against Cal State Northridge. Forward Richard Solomon is shooting 6-for-8 on the season (14 points), and snagged four rebounds in each of the first two games.

A sign of how young this year's team is, Cal started a pair of freshmen against CSUN -Crabbe and Franklin. The last time the Bears had at least two freshmen in the opening-day starting lineup occurred on Nov. 18, 1999, when true freshmen Joe Shipp and Brian Weathers and redshirt freshman Donte Smith started against TCU in the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska. Cal won, 91-83.

Sophomore guard Brandon Smith will also play a key role on this year's squad, and will see a fair amount of time running the point. Last Saturday against New Mexico, Smith boasted new personal highs in scoring (9) and assists (7).

Cal's offense got things rolling after halftime in both of its first two games. After scoring 36 and 38 points in the first half, the Bears came out in the second half and posted 44 and 51 points to turn the close games into decisive victories. Cal has also won the battle on the boards in both contests, including a 44-27 margin over CSUN. A team that will pride itself on its defense all year, the Bears forced 18 turnovers in both games, and have notched a combined 15 steals.

Probable Starters

POS     NO      NAME                  HT     WT     YR     PPG     RPG
F       22      Harper Kamp           6-8    245    Jr.    18.5    6.5
Scored a career-high 25 points against New Mexico
C       10      Markhuri Sanders-Fri  6-7    265    Sr.    8.5     9.5
Posted first career double-double vs. Cal State Northridge
G       2       Jorge Gutierrez       6-3    195    Jr.    19.0    5.5 (APG)
Has secured new career highs in scoring in both games this season (18,20)
G       23      Allen Crabbe          6-6    205    Fr.    6.0     4.5
Recorded two blocks against New Mexico
G       4       Gary Franklin         6-2    195    Fr.    11.5    1.0
Drilled four three-pointers, part of his 16 points against New Mexico

Temple Scouting Report
A Look at Temple

No. 21 Temple is currently 2-0 on the year after picking up victories over Seton Hall and Toledo. Through those first two games, the Owls have four players averaging over 10.0 ppg. Center Micheal Eric is pacing Temple on the boards at 7.5 rpg. In Temple's last game against Toledo, all five starters reached double figures in scoring. Defensively, the Owls forced 18 turnovers and garnered 12 steals.

Cal-Temple Series History
Temple owns the all-time series lead over the Bears, 3-1. The last time these teams met was during the 1973-74 campaign, when the Owls were victorious, 51-42, in Philadelphia. The Bears won the first meeting in the series, 49-43, in the 1936-36 season.

Temple Head Coach Fran Dunphy
In his fifth season as head coach of the Owls, Fran Dunphy took over for Hall of Fame head coach John Chaney and led Temple to the 2008 Atlantic-10 Championship and its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2001. The following year, he again led Temple to the A-10 title, becoming the first conference team to win consecutive championships since 2001.

Probable Starters

POS     NO      NAME            HT      WT      YR      PPG     RPG
F       24      Lavoy Allen     6-9     225     Sr.     10.5    6.0
F       33      Scootie Randall 6-6     205     Jr.     7.5     5.5
C       50      Micheal Eric    6-11    240     Jr.     11.0    7.5
G       23      Ramone Moore    6-4     180     Jr.     13.0    3.5
G       4       Juan Fernandez  6-4     180     Jr.     11.0    5.0

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Golden Bear Notes
Cal Improves to 2-0 with Win over New Mexico

Behind two career-high nights for Harper Kamp and Jorge Gutierrez, Cal won its second straight game of the season against New Mexico. Kamp and Gutierrez each posted new personal bests in scoring, 25 and 20 points, respectively. Cal went on a 16-1 run to take the game from a 46-44 advantage to a 62-45 lead in the second half. The Bears shot 58.6 percent (17-of-29) from the field in the first half, led by Gutierrez (5-6), Brandon Smith (3-3) and Richard Solomon (2-2). Smith also scored a career-high 9 points and dished out a career-best 7 assists. His previous personal records were 7 points vs. Cal State Northridge on Nov. 16 and 4 assists vs. UCLA on Jan. 6, 2010. Gary Franklin finished with 16 points, most for a Cal freshman in a game since Harper Kamp also had 16 vs. Jackson State on Dec. 5, 2007.The four Cal freshmen who played - Franklin, Solomon, Allen Crabbe and Emerson Murray - combined for 30 points.

Gutierrez Starts Season Off on Right Foot
Jorge Gutierrez set new career highs in scoring both games this week (18 vs. Cal State Northridge and 20 vs. New Mexico). His previous career high was 15. Gutierrez also posted a new personal best in assists with eight against the Matadors. Gutierrez was a catalyst for the Bears, not only taking over for Jerome Randle as the team's point guard, but he also maintained his strong defensive presence. He scored the Bears' first basket of the game against New Mexico on a layup after notching his first steal, setting the tone for the rest of the game. Gutierrez was also clutch at the free throw line, connecting on 20 of his 26 attempts in the two games, including 13-for-15 against CSUN. He posted numerous milestones against New Mexico last Saturday - 350th point, 200th rebound, 150th assist and 60th steal.

New Bears Get Their Feet Wet
For the first time since 1999, Cal had two freshmen in its opening-day starting lineup on Nov. 16 - Allen Crabbe and Gary Franklin. The freshmen guards combined for 15 points (Crabbe 8, Franklin 7), six rebounds and three assists. Each guard also saw a significant amount of playing time (Franklin 26 minutes, Crabbe 20). Last Saturday against New Mexico, Crabbe, Franklin and fellow freshmen Richard Solomon and Emerson Murray combined for 30 of Cal's 89 points. Franklin collected 16 points, most for a Cal freshman in a game since Harper Kamp also had 16 vs. Jackson State on Dec. 5, 2007. Against the Lobos, Solomon was a clean 4-for-4 from the floor, grabbed four rebounds and the 6-10 forward also swatted away his first collegiate block.

Harper Kamp: Picking Up Where He Left Off
After redshirting last season due to a nagging knee injury, Harper Kamp has picked up right where he left off in the 2008-09 campaign. Kamp posted a career-best 25 points against New Mexico last Saturday. His previous personal high was 18 points. In addition, Kamp was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line, 10-for-10 now on the season, and he also made his first three-pointer since he swished three treys during his freshman season. He also recorded his 300th career point and 200th career rebound against New Mexico.

Sanders-Frison Makes an Immediate Impact
After battling back spasms through the second half of last season, Markhuri Sanders-Frison got his senior season off to a great start with his first career double-double against Cal State Northridge on Nov. 16. Sanders-Frison tallied a personal-best 15 points and tied his career high in rebounds with 10. He shot 4-for-6 from the field and 7-for-10 from the free throw line. He was a force on the boards and with the inside game for the Bears. Knowing his number would be called upon frequently this season, Sanders-Frison lost weight through a lot of offseason conditioning to help alleviate pressure off of his back. Last Saturday against New Mexico, Sanders-Frison paced the Bears on the boards again, collecting nine rebounds.

Bears Get to the Free Throw Line Early and Often
For the second time in as many years, Cal took 50 free throw attempts in a game. The Bears shot 50 times from the charity stripe against Cal State Northridge on Nov. 16. The last time Cal recorded that many free attempts was last season at Washington. The Bears were good on 31 of their attempts against the Matadors. Jorge Gutierrez swished 13 of his 15 tries, while Harper Kamp was a clean 4-for-4. In addition, the 22 free throw attempts were more than Cal had in 20 complete games last season. The school record for free throw attempts is 55 in the five-overtime game against Oregon on Feb. 10, 1977. Kamp and Gutierrez have both been stellar at the charity stripe through the first two games. Kamp is a perfect 10-for-10 and Gutierrez is 20-for-26.

Montgomery Named Hoops Report Head Coach of the Week
The Hoops Report recently named Cal head coach Mike Montgomery its National Head Coach of the Week after Cal's two season-opening victories last week. Losing four key starters from last season, Montgomery and his youthful 2010-11 squad wasted no time in racking up a pair of wins last week against Cal State Northridge (80-63) and New Mexico (89-64).

Cal Inks David Kravish for 2011-12 Season
The Bears signed 6-9, 210-pound forward David Kravish out of Lee's Summit, Mo., to a National Letter of Intent on Nov. 10. Kravish, who was named a First-Team All-Conference selection as a junior, is a candidate for the Kansas City Player of the Year award, according to numerous members of the local media in Kansas City. Through his sophomore and junior seasons (30 games), Kravish is averaging just under 10 points per game and is shooting 72.5 percent from the charity stripe. He also has 185 rebounds and 47 blocks to his credit. Kravish has been regarded as an agile player who attacks the offensive glass hard and is always going to the rim with his quick leaping ability, long arms and good hands. He is a solid free throw shooter and is capable of knocking down the high post jump shots.

Cal Brings in Top-20 Recruiting Class
Cal's incoming freshman class was ranked No. 17 by 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 freshmen join the squad from the Los Angeles area - forward Richard Solomon and Justin Cobbs, a 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 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 ... 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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