March 11, 2010
LOS ANGELES - With today's 90-74 win over Oregon in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament, California gained its first five-game winning streak of the season and the Golden Bears have won eight of their last nine games. Cal beat Oregon three times this season 89-57 in Berkeley and 64-49 in Eugene. The margin of victory in this season's three-game series was 21.0 points.
Pac-10 Player of the Year Jerome Randle led Cal with 22 points (8-10, 4-5, 2-2). It's his 15th 20-point outing of the season and the 34th of his career. The Golden Bear came out roaring at the outset of the contest, scoring the team's first seven points with a steal. Randle was perfect in the first half, going 8-for-8 from the field, including 4-for-4 from three-point range and 2-for-2 from the free throw line before halftime.
The Bears were on fire from three-point range, finishing 11-for-20 for the game. Patrick Christopher went 5-for-9 from behind the arc. Christopher also led Cal with five assists, which was a new season high.
No. 2 on Cal's all-time scoring list, Randle is now just 10 points behind Sean Lampley on the school's all-time points list after racking up 22 on Thursday. Randle has 1,766 points. Christopher is one point shy of Kevin Johnson for fifth on the all-time scoring list. Christopher finished with 21 points today, his 32nd career 20-point performance.
After only playing five minutes in the first half due to two quick personal fouls, Boykin scored all 15 of his points in the second half, shooting 7-for-9 from the field.
The Bears set three school Pac-10 Tournament records on Thursday. The 33 field goals made was a new school tournament record. In blocks, Max Zhang set the individual record with his three on the afternoon, tying his career high. Cal also set the team school record in blocks with six. Omondi Amoke tied his career high in blocks with two.
Amoke was also stellar on the boards, notching nine on the afternoon, to go go with his 12 points. It was the fifth time this season that he reached double figures in scoring.
Cal will play UCLA in the semifinals Friday at 6 p.m. The teams split the season series with the road team winning each encounter. In the Pac-10 Tournament, Cal is 2-3 all-time vs. UCLA. They last met in the quarterfinals of the 2008 tournament, with UCLA winning, 88-66.
Cal now boasts an all-time Pac-10 Tournament record of 10-12, and this is the fourth time the Bears have reached the semifinals since the tournament resumed in 2002 (2002, 2003, 2007).
This is the fourth time this year that both Christopher and Randle have scored at least 20 points in the same game - UC Santa Barbara (Christopher 25, Randle 23), at Washington State (Christopher 21, Randle 39) and at Arizona State (Christopher 21, Randle 25).
Each of Cal's last eight wins have been by at least 10 points, starting with the 72-58 victory at UCLA Feb. 6.
If Cal beats the Bruins tomorrow, it will mark the third time since 1960 that the Bears won at least 23 games. The 1996-97 and 2001-02 Cal squads won a total of 23 games. The 1960 Cal squad won a total of 28 games.