Postgame Notes: California-Georgia
No. 20 California vs. Georgia November 21, 2011Sprint Center | Kansas City, Mo. Cal has led, at the half, in each of its four games, this season. The Bears led Georgia, 36-25, at the break; led Austi
By Cal Athletics on Mon, November 21, 2011
Nov. 21, 2011
No. 20 California vs. Georgia November 21, 2011
Sprint Center | Kansas City, Mo.
- Cal has led, at the half, in each of its four games, this season. The Bears led Georgia, 36-25, at the break; led Austin Peay, 40-13; were up, 48-23, against UC Irvine and, 39-19, against George Washington.
- The Bears have held each of its opponents under 40 percent shooting, this season. Cal held the Bulldogs to 32.8 percent shooting, from the field.
- The Bears used a 14-0 run at the end of the first half to overcome a 25-22 Georgia advantage and enter the locker room with a nine-point lead, 36-25.
- Cal pushed out to a 53-29 lead to extend their 14-0 run into a 31-4 run that held Georgia scoreless for seven minutes in the second half.
- Georgia's 46 points is a new season low for a Cal opponent. Previously, the Bears had held George Washington to 54 points on Nov. 13.
- With their fourth straight winning margin of more than 17 points, the Bears matched the hot start they had in 1952-53, when Cal opened the season with four wins of 17 points, or more, against the Alumni, San Francisco, Hawaii, and Pacific.
- The Bears have now won three of their four games by at least 20 points, this season.
- Cal evened its record at the Sprint Center at 1-1. Previously, Cal fell, 84-71, to Maryland, in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Championships; head coach Mike Montgomery's first season on campus.
- This was Cal's fist win in the state of Missouri since a 76-74 victory against Saint Louis in the 1982 Budweiser Classic on Dec. 29, 1982, in St. Louis, Mo., under head coach Dick Kuchen. Cal had lost its last six games in the state of Missouri since the win over the Billikens.
- At No. 20 (AP) and No. 18 (ESPN/USA Today), Cal is the highest-ranked team in its conference (Pac-12) for the first time since Nov. 16, 2009, when the Bears were No. 13 in the AP Top 25 and No. 12 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.