March 6, 2010
Today's 71-61 win gave Cal the outright Pac-10 championship, its first conference title in 50 years. The Bears completed the regular season with a 21-9 overall record and 13-5 mark in the Pac-10. The Bears will enter next week's conference tournament as the No. 1 seed.
Cal swept both games from Stanford this season (92-66 in Berkeley; 71-61 at Stanford), the first time Cal has swept the season series since 1993, when the Bears won 83-66 in Berkeley and 86-61 at Stanford.
Cal won at Stanford for just the second time since that 1993 campaign. The Bears also prevailed 67-63 in 2007.
Cal went 5-4 away from home in the Pac-10 this year, the Bears' first winning road record in the conference since 2006 when Cal was 6-3 outside Berkeley.
With 23 points today, Patrick Christopher moved past Bob McKeen and into sixth place on Cal's career scoring list, now with 1,633 points. McKeen scored 1,632 points from 1952-55. Next up is No. 5 Kevin Johnson (1,655 points, 1984-87). Christopher also has 31 career 20-point games, as well.
After holding Stanford to 61 points, the Bears have allowed just 56.75 ppg the last four games, which included surrendering 49 points at Oregon and 46 points to Arizona State.
Cal is 18-3 when leading at the half this season. The Bears were up, 34-30, over Stanford at the break today.
With his three-pointer midway through the first half, Jerome Randle tied his own school season record, matching the 82 he had last season. Randle also holds the Cal mark for career three-pointers, now with 242.
Markhuri Sanders-Frison grabbed six rebounds, equaling his high for a Pac-10 game this year. He also had six boards at UCLA Feb. 6. Career high is 10 vs. UC Santa Barbara.
With his start in today's game, senior Patrick Christopher set a Cal record for most games played in a career. He has now appeared in 129 contests for the Bears, one more than Keith Smith, who played in 128 games from 1987-90. Senior Jerome Randle appeared in his 127th today, which ties Joe Shipp (2000-03) for third-most in Cal history.
Cal tied its season-best for rebound margin after grabbing 41 boards to Stanford's 30. The Bears were also +11 vs. Arizona last week.