Nov. 24, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -Forward Ryan Anderson scored 23 points and California overcame a slow start to beat San Diego State 77-69 Saturday at Haas Pavilion.
The Golden Bears asserted themselves with 10:08 in the game with a Jerome Randle three-pointer from the corner to give the Bears their first lead of the game, 60-58. After that, they never trailed.
The game turned in Cal's favor with two Patrick Christopher buckets: the first an electrifying alley-oop followed by a runner in the lane.
After the lackluster start the Bears finally caught up to the Aztecs' lung-burning style of play to run their record to 3-0, while San Diego State dropped to 5-1.
The game stalled for several minutes at 66 all, before Cal countered the Aztec's speed with a slowed-down half-court offense.
Center DeVon Hardin broke the tie with his first basket of the game with 2:58 left. Although he finished with just five points, Hardin did manage to grab 14 boards, including a few crucial rebounds in the closing seconds.
The cat-quick Randle, in his first game back following an Oct. 29 kidney biopsy, didn't start but got in fast and scored a career high 21 points in his first game of the season. With Randle, the Bears could get the ball up the floor, but they had trouble from there.
In fact, if not for 6-foot, 10-inch Anderson, who had 17 of Cal's 33 first-half points, they would have been blown out by intermission.
The game did reunite former Newark Memorial High teammates Hardin and Kyle Spain.