Dec. 5, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Patrick Christopher scored a career-high 26 points and Ryan Anderson added 23 points and five rebounds, leading California past overmatched Jackson State 117-74 on Wednesday night to remain unbeaten.
The Golden Bears are 6-0 for only the second time in 40 years. They won their first seven games in 1994-95 but later had to forfeit the wins for using an ineligible player.
DeVon Hardin scored Cal's first eight points of the second half and had a big block in a 13-5 run and finished with 17 and eight rebounds as his team won for the 17th time in its last 18 non-conference home games at Haas Pavilion -- scoring the third most points in school history. Cal now hits the road to face Kansas State on Sunday before returning home and getting a break for finals followed by a six-game homestand, including a tough Pac-10 opening weekend against USC and UCLA.
Grant Maxey had 18 points and seven rebounds and Darrion Griffin added 10 and four assists as Jackson State (1-8), from Jackson, Miss., lost its third straight game. The Tigers are the reigning champions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference and advanced to the NCAA tournament last season, losing 112-69 to eventual national champion Florida.
Christopher shot 10-for-17, had an emphatic dunk late in the first half and dished out four assists. Anderson, the Pac-10 player of the week last week, scored eight straight with a 3 and a three-point play during a first-half stretch as Cal quickly took control.
Jerome Randle added 14 points and was perfect from the field and free-throw line and also had seven assists as Cal reached 100 points for the first time this season. Harper Kamp had 16 points and five boards for the Bears, who shot 58 percent.
The Bears' first-half total of 57 was the most for the team in a half since also scoring 57 in the second half at Arizona State on Feb. 28, 2002. Cal won that game 91-80.
Cal took good care of the ball while forcing the Tigers into 12 first-half turnovers and 24 total in the first meeting between the schools. The Bears made 11 turnovers, only four in the opening 20 minutes, outrebounded the Tigers 42-32 and made 30 of 36 free throws.
Cal hit 13 of 18 shots to start the game, including going 4-for-7 from 3-point range, and shot 61 percent in the first half for a 57-35 lead at the break. The Bears led by as many as 23 in the closing minutes before halftime.