Golden Bears Host Gauchos in Pete Newell Classic
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Release:  12/17/2011

Dec. 17, 2011

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Game #12 | 2011 Pete Newell Classic
California (9-2) vs. UC Santa Barbara (5-3)
Haas Pavilion | Berkeley, Calif.
Monday, Dec. 19 - 7:30 p.m. PT
Series Record: California leads, 8-0
Last Meeting: Cal 87, UCSB 66 (Dec. 29, 2009 | Berkeley)
Radio: KNEW 910AM (Roxy Bernstein and Todd McKim)
Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 94
TV/Web: All-Access
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Game #13
California (9-2) vs. UNLV (11-2)
Thomas and Mack Arena | Las Vegas, Nev.
Friday, Dec. 23 - 2 p.m. PT
Series Record: UNLV leads, 3-1
Last Meeting: Cal 73, UNLV 55 (Nov. 28, 2008 | Las Vegas)
Radio: KNEW 910AM (Todd McKim and John Wheeler)
CBS College Sports Network
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BERKELEY - In their final non-conference home game of the season, the Golden Bears (9-2) will host UC Santa Barbara (5-3) in the Pete Newell Classic. The Classic will honor Earl Robinson--a two-sport star (baseball and basketball) at Cal in the 1950's--with the Pete Newell Career Achievement Award during a special halftime ceremony.

The Bears can match this season's longest streak of four straight victories with a win against the Gauchos who are amidst a five-game road stretch. Cal can also break the 10-win mark before it finishes out the non-league schedule with a road game against UNLV on Dec. 23.

Cal has been comfortable within the confines of Haas Pavilion where it has reeled off eight wins, this season. The Bears have outscored their opponents by 24.3 in those victories and have out-rebounded their competition by 12 rebounds at Pete Newell Court. Under head coach Mike Montgomery, Cal is 28-3 in non-conference home games.

Though the Bears are understandably more successful with home-court advantage on their side, they have faced their share of challenges, this season. Last game, the team shut down the nation's leading scorer in Weber State's Damian Lillard, who came into the game averaging 26.7 ppg, but finished with 14. This time, Cal will have to contend with the country's third-leading scorer--Orlando Johnson who puts up 22.4 ppg.

Offensively, the Bears have three players averaging double digits; Allen Crabbe (15.8 ppg), Jorge Gutierrez (13.9 ppg), and Justin Cobbs (10.8 ppg). As one of the top rebounding teams in the Pac-12, Cal looks to Richard Solomon (6.9 rpg), David Kravish (6.0) and Harper Kamp (5.5 rpg) who crash the boards for the Bears.

GAME RECAP (WEBER STATE): The Bears earned their eighth straight win at home in a 77-57 win over Weber State. Cal outscored the Wildcats, 34-8, in the paint and used a 24-point outburst from senior G Jorge Gutierrez to claim its third straight win, since suffering a road loss to San Diego State on Dec. 4. Gutierrez also pulled down five boards and dished out three assists while shooting 8-for-12 from the field including 3-for-5 from beyond the three-point arc. However, it was Gutierrez's defense that made the difference for the Bears as he held the nation's leading scorer to 14 points. Weber State's Damian Lillard came into the game averaging 26.7 ppg, but finished with 14 on 4-of-17 shooting with six of those points coming after Gutierrez left the game. Sophomore G Allen Crabbe also had an efficient night as he tallied 16 points and six rebounds. Senior F Harper Kamp had 11 points and five rebounds, and sophomore F Richard Solomon pitched in 11 points to go with seven boards. Freshman F David Kravish had a game-high and career-high 11 rebounds to help the Bears out-rebound their opponent for the 10th time, this season. Kravish also threw in six points and a blocked shot. For the Wildcats, Scott Bamforth led the way with 19 points and three assists.

PETE NEWELL CLASSIC TO HONOR EARL ROBINSON: The Cal-UC Santa Barbara game at Haas Pavilion on Dec. 19 has been designated the second-annual Pete Newell Classic. This year, Earl Robinson--a two-sport star (baseball and basketball) at Cal in the 1950's--will receive the Pete Newell Career Achievement Award during a special halftime ceremony. The special night honors the legacy of Cal's Hall of Fame basketball coach Pete Newelland the contributions he made to California basketball. The award is presented to a Cal men's basketball alumnus who has distinguished himself in his career accomplishments; upholding the highest ideals of Coach Newell and the University.

A LITTLE HOME COOKIN': The Bears' game against UCSB is their final non-conference game at Haas Pavilion, this season, where they are 8-0. Cal is 28-3 in non-conference home games under head coach Mike Montgomery. Last year, the Bears completed the 12th season in Haas Pavilion since its 1999 renovation. Since Haas officially re-opened, Cal is 168-58 in home games on Pete Newell Court. In 2009-10, the Bears won all but one game at home. This year, Cal is outscoring opponents by 24.3 points in home games and grabbing 12 more rebounds than visitors to Haas Pavilion. The Bears also hold a considerable edge in shooting percentage with a .513 mark against the visitors' .356 percentage.