Feb. 27, 2010
With today's win, Cal has clinched at least a share for the regular-season Pac-10 title, as well as the No. 1 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament. It is Cal's conference championship in 50 years.
Cal last won a conference title in 1960 when the Bears captured the last of four straight Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU) crowns. Cal finished that year with a 28-2 overall record and 11-1 league mark. The Bears reached the championship game of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Ohio State.
Today, Cal trailed, 30-29, at the half, just the second time this season the Bears were behind at the break at home. Cal trailed Washington State, 45-34, on Feb. 13, but came back to win 86-70.
Ahead 44-42 with 11:04 left, Cal went on an 18-4 run to finish the game. ASU's only buckets to close out the contest came with 7:11 to go and with 31 seconds on the clock.
Cal shot 54.2 percent from the field in the second half, compared to ASU's 26.9 percent (7-26).
With 13 points, Theo Robertson moved past Doug True into 19th place on Cal's career scoring list, now with 1,225 points. True scored 1,215 points from 1977-80.
With 14 points, Patrick Christopher became the eighth player in Cal history to score 1,600 points. He now has 1,610 points to rank seventh all-time for the Bears.
With his start in today's game, Patrick Christopher tied the Cal record for most games played in a career with 128. Keith Smith, who suited up for the Bears from 1987-90, also appeared in 128 games. Cal senior Jerome Randle played in his 126th game today.
Today's attendance of 11,877 represented Cal's first sellout of the season. Among those present at the game were Kevin Johnson, former Cal point guard (1984-87) and current mayor of Sacramento, Cal's all-time leading scorer Sean Lampley and former Cal linebacker Scott Fujita, who now plays for the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.
Cal's defense forced Arizona State into two shot-clock violations in the first half.
Fun Facts about 1960
The Soviet Union down a U.S. U-2 spy plane and captured the pilot, Capt. Gary Powers.
John F. Kennedy defeated Richard M. Nixon in the presidential election.
Chubby Checker introduced the Twist at the Peppermint Lounge in New York.
Xerox introduced the first production paper copier machine
Motown Records had its first hit with "Shop Around," a #1 R&B song by The Miracles.
The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the New York Yankees, 4 games to 3, to win the 1960 World Series with Bill Mazeroski's seventh game dramatic home run.
The Philadelphia Eagles defeat the Green Bay Packers for the NFL championship.
Alfred Hitchcock's movie Psycho premiered, while other popular films included Swiss Family Robinson, Spartacus and Exodus. The Apartment won the Academic Award for Best Picture.
Gunsmoke was the most popular TV program.
The Howdy Doody Show ended after 13 years.
The high for the Dow Jones Industrial Average for the year was 685.
Some prices from 1960: new home - $16,500; first-class stamp - 4 cents; gallon of regular gas - 31 cents; and a gallon of milk - 49 cents.
Facts about the 1959-60 Golden Bears
Center Darrall Imhoff was named team MVP and earned All-America honors for the second straight year. He also won a gold medal as part of the 1960 U.S. Olympic team in Rome and went on to a 12-year NBA career that included two All-Star Game appearances. He was inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988 and had his No. 40 jersey retired in 2009.
Pete Newell concluded his coaching career in 1959-60, ending his six-year run at Cal with a 119-44 record and four AAWU titles. He guided the Bears to the 1959 NCAA championship and the runner-up finish in 1960. Newell served as head coach of the 1960 U.S. Olympic team before beginning an eight-year stretch as Cal's Director of Athletics. Newell was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978, the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987. On Dec. 21, 1987, the playing surface at old Harmon Gym (now Haas Pavilion) was renamed "Pete Newell Court" in his honor.
Cal's primary starting five during the 1960 season consisted of forwards Tandy Gillis (9.6 ppg) and Bill McClintock (11.9 ppg), center Darrall Imhoff (13.7 ppg), and guards Earl Schultz (9.5 ppg) and Bob Wendell (4.9 ppg).