Cal Defeats Utah Valley, 85-51
Dec. 28, 2009
Theo Robertson added 13 points in his third game back from a foot injury for Cal, which was coming off a 25-point loss to top-ranked Kansas.
Robertson got out of the gate quickly, scoring seven of the team's first nine points. It was Christopher who paced the Bears in scoring, though, posting 10 of his 18 points in the first half. Christopher was also quick on the defensive end, tying his career best in steal with four, three of which came in the first half.
After Utah Valley put up a good fight for most of the first half, keeping the score reasonably close, Cal went on a 20-6 run to take commanding lead at the half.
It was the fifth time this season that the Bears went over 80 points. They've only failed to score 70 points once during the campaign. Cal was scoring at will on Monday, earning a season-high shooting percentage of 56.9 percent.
Always a strong free-throw shooting team, Cal connected on 15 of its 18 attempts from the charity stripe. Senior forward Jamal Boykin made all four of his free-throw attempts, and Robertson made five of his six shots.
Freshman forward Bak Bak made good use of his five minutes in the game, earning a team-high five rebounds. He also swatted away two blocks, but was outdone by sophomore Max Zhang and his three blocks, tying his career high. Zhang leads the squad in the category with 16 on the season.
The Bears (7-4) will play Santa Barbara for the tournament championship on Tuesday. The game will also be Cal's final tuneup before opening its Pac-10 schedule at home against Stanford on Jan. 2.
Jordan Swarbrick had 15 points and four assists for Utah Valley (6-6), which had won five of seven before falling to the Bears.