Cal Heads to Oregon for First Pac-12 Road Tests
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Release:  01/02/2012

Jan. 2, 2012

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Game #16
California (12-3, 2-0) at Oregon State (10-4, 0-2)
Gill Coliseum | Corvallis, Ore.
Thursday, Jan. 5 - 7 p.m. PT
Series Record: California leads, 77-59
Last Meeting: W, 87-76 (Feb. 26, 2011 | Corvallis, Ore.)
Last 10 vs. Oregon State: 7-3
Radio: KNEW 910AM (Roxy Bernstein and Todd McKim)
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Game #17
California (12-3, 2-0) at Oregon (10-4, 1-1)
Matthew Knight Arena | Eugene, Ore.
Sunday, Jan. 8 - 4:30 p.m. PT
Series Record:
California leads, 78-55
Last Meeting: W, 81-71 (Feb. 24, 2011 | Eugene, Ore.)
Radio: KNEW 910AM (Roxy Bernstein and Todd McKim)
TV/Web: Fox Sports Net (Kevin Calabro and Marques Johnson)
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BERKELEY - The Golden Bears (12-3, 2-0 Pac-12) will hit the road and head to the Beaver State for their first Pac-12 tests away from the comforts of Haas Pavilion.

The Bears are 2-0 in conference games for the first time since 2008-09 when head coach Mike Montgomery opened his tenure at Cal with a 4-0 run into Pac-10 play. Against the Beavers, the Bears will face the league's top scorer in junior G Jared Cunningham (17.0 ppg), but Cal has proven that it can shut down the best scorers in the country, recently, in games against Weber State's Damian Lillard, and UC Santa Barbara's Orlando Johnson.

While Cal is 11-0 in games at Haas Pavilion, the road has not been a friendly place for the Bears. Their only win away from Berkeley was in a neutral-site game against Georgia on Nov. 21, in Kansas City, Mo. In true road games, Cal has fallen by a point (64-63) at San Diego State, and was dealt an 85-68 loss at UNLV on Dec. 23.

Sophomore G Allen Crabbe leads the Bears in scoring with 15.9 ppg, but Cal looks to seniors Jorge Gutierrez and Harper Kamp who have each been consistent forces, this season. Gutierrez puts up 13.9 ppg to go with 5.1 rpg and is Cal's team-leader for steals with 18, this season. Kamp has posted 9.3 ppg, and 5.3 rpg, as the only player to start all 15 games for the Bears.

GAME RECAP (UCLA): After holding a one-point lead at halftime, 40-39, the Golden Bears blew the doors off their game against UCLA with a quick 10-0 run to open up the second half. Cal shot a season-high 65.4-percent en route to an 85-69 victory over the Bruins that helped it sweep the LA schools for the first time since 2002-03. The Bears also moved to 2-0 in conference games for the first time since 2008-09; head coach Mike Montgomery's first, at Berkeley. Sophomore G Allen Crabbe was 8-for-13 from the field with four three-pointers and led the team with 20 points to go with a career-high six assists and five rebounds. Six players scored in double figures for Cal, including junior F Robert Thurman who poured in 11 points (5-5 FG, 1-1 FT) off the bench. Senior G Jorge Gutierrez had 16 points to go with eight assists and four rebounds while sophomore G Justin Cobbs put up 13 points to go with his career-best eight assists. Senior F Harper Kamp had 10 points and one of Cal's three blocks as the Bears held the Bruins to a 46.4-percent shooting night. Cal's defense held UCLA's leading scorer (Lazeric Jones) to just five points, on the evening, as the Bears moved to 11-0 in home games and will face their first conference road tests in the Beaver State.

A LITTLE HOME COOKIN': The Bears' have enjoyed repeated success at Haas Pavilion, this season, where they are 11-0. Cal is 29-3 in non-conference home games under head coach Mike Montgomery. Last year, the Bears completed the 12th season in Haas Pavilion since its 1999 renovation. Since Haas officially re-opened, Cal is 170-58 in home games on Pete Newell Court. In 2009-10, the Bears won all but one game at home. This year, Cal is outscoring opponents by 21.3 points in home games and grabbing 8.2 more rebounds than visitors to Haas Pavilion. The Bears also hold a considerable edge in shooting percentage with a .519 mark against the visitors' .369 percentage.

FRIENDLY FOES: Cal is 647-659 (.495) in all-time conference games. Head coach Mike Montgomery is 37-20 (.643) in his time with the Bears. Overall, Montgomery has won over 320 league games as a collegiate head coach. The Bears are 7-3 in their last 10 league-openers, and experienced their best start under Montgomery's direction in his first season (2008-09) when they went 4-0 with wins over Arizona (69-55), Arizona State (81-71), Washington State (57-50), and Washington (88-85, 3OT).

THEY GOT SIX ON IT: Six Cal players scored in double figures for the first time, this season, in an 85-69 victory over UCLA on Saturday, Dec. 31. Sophomore G Allen Crabbe led the way with 20 points, and was followed by senior G Jorge Gutierrez who had 16. Freshman F David Kravish and sophomore G Justin Cobbs had 13 points, each, and junior F Robert Thurman came off the bench to post 11 points.

BROOM LA-LA: The Bears earned a pair of home victories against both LA schools (53-49 vs. USC, and 85-69 vs. UCLA) for their first home sweep since the 2002-03 season when they beat USC, 73-68, and UCLA, 80-69.

HANDS OF STEAL: Senior G Jorge Gutierrez leads the Bears in steals, this season, with 18. He ranks 13th in the Pac-12 with 1.3 steals per game. He entered the season with 109 career steals and with 127, is now just two shy of joining Cal's top-10 career leaders for steals. Keith Smith (1987-90) currently ranks 10th with 129 career steals.