Dec. 9, 2009
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) - Patrick Christopher had game-high totals of 22 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday night to lead California to a 79-54 victory over Pacific.
The Stockton Showcase turned into a showcase for Cal's shooters as the Bears shot 53 percent in the first Division I basketball game played at Stockton Arena. The crowd of 8,704 was the largest ever for a Pacific home game.
Jerome Randle had 15 points and six assists for the Bears (6-3), who took command early in the first half and extended their lead throughout the game.
The Golden Bears wasted no time in taking a stranglehold on the game, taking a 10-point lead seven minutes into the contest. Christopher helped Cal gain that early lead when he connected on the first five shots that he took. Sophomore center Max Zhang helped out, as well, swishing two outside shots. Randle scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half.
The Bears never let the Tigers get back in the game. Cal went into the locker room at the half with a 14-point lead.
The second half featured much of the same as the first half. The Bears maintained leads in the 20s throughout the half, going up by as many as 27 late in the game.
Senior forward Theo Robertson made his return to lineup for the first time in a month, and collected eight points, all in the second half.
The game was a homecoming for the Stockton native, sophomore guard D.J. Seeley.
Cal made 10 of its 11 shots at the free throw line. From behind the arc, Pacific only made four of its 23 attempts. The Bears' defense held the Tigers in check all night long. Pacific shot just 33 percent from the floor.
Michael Nunnally led Pacific (6-2) with 16 points and four rebounds.
Cal limited the Tigers to 33 percent shooting and held Sam Willard, Pacific's leading scorer, to one point.