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Cal Opens Five Game Homestand With No. 14 San Diego State
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Release:  12/06/2010

Dec. 6, 2010

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The California men's basketball opens a five-game homestand this week against its second opponent ranked in the top 20 this season in No. 14 San Diego State. The Golden Bears and the Aztecs square off on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.

Cal (5-2) was victorious in its first true road test of the season last Saturday at Iowa State. The Bears topped the Cyclones, 76-73, thanks to a career day from junior forward Harper Kamp and another solid contribution from sophomore forward Bak Bak. Kamp posted his first career double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds). The 10 boards were also a new career high for Kamp, and he also tied his personal best in assists (5) and set a new career best in blocks (3). Bak scored nine points, all in the second half. Bak also made three clutch free throws in the final minute of the game to help seal the win.

Four Bears reached double figures in scoring for Cal, including 12 from senior center Markhuri Sanders-Frison, who also boasted six rebounds against the Cyclones. Sanders-Frison has reached double figures in scoring the past three games. Junior guard Jorge Gutierrez and freshman guard Allen Crabbe chipped in 11 points each. Crabbe and fellow freshman guard Gary Franklin each swished two treys in the first half at Iowa State.

A team that will pride itself on its defense all year, the Bears' defense is holding opposing offenses to shoot under 40 percent from the field (39.6). Cal boasts 48 steals on the campaign, led by Gutierrez's 11. In addition, in the past five games, opponents have shot just 26.3 percent (26-for-99) from behind the arc.

With a 3-0 record in Haas Pavilion thus far this year, Cal has won 41 of its last 43 nonconference home games, including the last 22 in a row, after the victory over UC Davis on Dec. 1. Cal went 15-1 for the entire 2009-10 season at Haas Pavilion. In 2008-09, the Bears were 9-0 in Berkeley against teams outside the Pac-10. If Cal defeats SDSU, it will be the first time Cal has defeated two nonconference teams ranked in the Top 25 since the 1996 Maui Invitational (No. 25 Iowa, No. 15 UMass) and the first time the Bears have beaten a top-25 nonconference opponent at Haas Pavilion since 1988 when Cal topped No. 17 Villanova, 73-71. The Bears wins over No. 9 North Carolina in 1998 and No. 22 Gonzaga in 1999 occurred at the Oakland Coliseum.

With the win over UC Davis on Dec. 1, Mike Montgomery reached 50 wins at Cal in 74 games -- faster than any coach at Cal since Nibs Price won 50 of his first 60 games from 1924-25 through the start of the 1928-29 season. He is also two wins away from his 600th career collegiate head coaching victory. His 598 career wins currently ranks sixth among active Division I NCAA head coaches.

Probable Starters

POS NO NAME                 HT   WT   YR   PPG   RPG
F   22 Harper Kamp          6-8  245  Jr.  12.0  6.0
Earned first career double-double at Iowa State (14 points, 10 rebounds)
C   10 Markhuri Sanders-Fri 6-7  265  Sr.  8.7   7.1
Reached double figures in scoring in past three games
G    2 Jorge Gutierrez      6-3  195  Jr.  12.4  4.0 (APG)
Made four of his five three-point attempts against Boston College
G   23 Allen Crabbe         6-6  205  Fr.  8.4   5.9
Secured his first collegiate double-double vs. Notre Dame (10 pts, 10 reb)
G    4 Gary Franklin        6-2  195  Fr.  9.7   1.4
Led Cal in scoring with 13 points against UC Davis

San Diego State Scouting Report
A Look at San Diego State

San Diego State is a perfect 8-0 on the season and is currently enjoying an AP ranking of No. 14. The Aztecs knocked off then-No. 11 ranked Gonzaga, 79-76, in Spokane earlier this season. The Aztecs are led by Kawhi Leonard and Malcolm Thomas who are averaging 16.3 ppg and 9.3 ppg, respectively. Leonard also paces SDSU on the boards, averaging 10.4 rpg.

Cal-San Diego State Series History
Cal leads the all-time series against the Aztecs, 4-3, with the Bears claiming the past three out of four decisions. These teams last met in Berkeley during the 2006-07 campaign and Cal won, 77-69.

San Diego State Head Coach Steve Fisher
Steve Fisher continues his 12th season as head coach for the Aztecs. In 11 seasons, he has taken the program to new levels as one of the best programs on the West Coast and in the Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll. Fisher led the Aztecs to the NCAA Tournament a year ago and a Mountain West Conference title in 2006.

Probable Starters

Pos No  Name           Ht   Wt   Yr  Ppg   Rpg
F    4  Malcolm Thomas 6-9  220  Sr. 9.3   5.9
F   15  Kawhi Leonard  6-7  225  So. 16.3  10.4
F   32  Billy White    6-8  235  Sr. 12.6  4.3
G   22  Chase Tapley   6-2  200  So. 8.8   2.4
G   23  D.J. Gay       6-0  170  Sr. 11.0  2.5

For more information: www.goaztecs.com

Golden Bear Notes
Cal Escapes Iowa with Three-Point Victory

Playing its first true road game of the year, Cal picked up its second straight victory with a 76-73 win at Iowa State last Saturday in Ames, Iowa. Harper Kamp had a career day for the Bears, garnering his first career double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds). The 10 boards were also a new career high for Kamp, and he also tied his personal best in assists (5) and set a new career best in blocks (3). Kamp was not the only Bear to come up huge for Cal, Bak Bak put together his second straight solid outing, scoring nine points, all in the second half. Bak also made three clutch free throws in the final minute of the game to help seal the win.

Cal's Defense on Top of its Game
While Cal's offense has sputtered at times this season, its defense has been up to par every game so far. The Bears have only given up 70 points in game once, and opposing defense are shooting under 40 percent from the floor (39.6).That mark currently ranks third in the conference. Cal held Notre Dame to 21 first-half points on Nov. 26. Notre Dame ended the contest shooting 27.8 from the field. In Cal's victory over Temple on Nov. 25, the Bears held the Owls to shoot just 33.3 from the field. Opposing offenses are averaging just over 60.0 ppg against Cal this season (62.4), which ranks fourth in the conference. The 2004-05 Cal squad held nine of its first 10 opponents to under 70 points. In the past five games, opponents shot 26-for-99 (26.3) from behind the arc against Cal.

Gutierrez Starts Season Off on Right Foot
Jorge Gutierrez set new career highs in scoring in the first two games of the season (18 vs. Cal State Northridge and 20 vs. New Mexico). His previous career high was 15. He also posted a new personal best in assists with eight against the Matadors. Gutierrez was also clutch at the free throw line, connecting on 20 of his 26 attempts in the two games, including 13-for-15 against CSUN. In his past two games, Gutierrez went 8-for-9 at the charity stripe. He led Cal in scoring against Boston College in last week's Old Spice Classic, collecting 12 points, four assists and four rebounds. Gutierrez is the team's scoring leader at 12.4 ppg. Ever the tough defender, Gutierrez's 11 steals, part of the team's 48, leads the team.

Montgomery Moving Up the Ranks Quickly
With the victory over UC Davis on Dec. 1, Mike Montgomery reached 50 wins at Cal in 74 games -- faster than any coach at Cal since Nibs Price won 50 of his first 60 games from 1924-25 through the start of the 1928-29 season. He is also two wins away from his 600th career collegiate head coaching victory. His 598 career wins currently ranks sixth among active Division I NCAA head coaches.

Bak's Got Bears' Back
In the past two games, Bak Bak has scored 21 points, shooting an impressive 9-for-12 from the field and snagging 11 rebounds, second to just Harper Kamp. Bak also collected two steals in the two contests. He made three free throws in the final minute against Iowa State, converting on a crucial and-one to help Cal seal the road win.

Harper Kamp: Picking Up Where He Left Off
After redshirting last season due to a nagging knee injury, Harper Kamp has picked up right where he left off in the 2008-09 campaign. Kamp posted a career-best 25 points against New Mexico on Nov. 20. Kamp had a career day last Saturday at Iowa State, recording his first career double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds). The 10 boards were also a new career high for Kamp, and he also tied his personal best in assists (5) and set a new career best in blocks (3). He led Cal in scoring for the second straight game against Temple on Nov. 25 with 13 points. Kamp is currently second on the team in scoring (12.0) and second in rebounding (6.0). After making his first 10 free throws, he has made 21 of his 23 tries (.913) from the charity stripe, including a 4-for-4 effort at Iowa State, which is the best in the Pac-10 right now.

Sanders-Frison Makes an Immediate Impact
After battling back spasms through the second half of last season, Markhuri Sanders-Frison got his senior season off to a great start with his first career double-double against Cal State Northridge on Nov. 16. Sanders-Frison tallied a personal-best 15 points and tied his career high in rebounds with 10. He shot 4-for-6 from the field and 7-for-10 from the free throw line. He has led Cal in rebounding four of the seven games this season, boasting nine rebounds twice. Sander-Frison is pacing the Bears on the boards at 7.1 rpg on the season. He has posted double figures in scoring the past three games, including 12 points at Iowa State last Saturday. Sanders-Frison is currently averaging 8.7 ppg on the season.

Franklin For Three
Gary Franklin is 16-for-53 (30.2) from behind three-point range on the season. He swished four treys against New Mexico on Nov. 20, part of his season-high 16 points. He is third on the team in scoring at 9.7 ppg. While he only shot 6-for-24 from three-point distance in the three games in the Old Spice Classic, Franklin came back with a 3-for-6 effort against UC Davis on Dec. 1, part of his team-high 13 points on the night. Helping out on the defensive end, as well, Franklin snared a season-high three steals at Iowa State last Saturday.

Crabbe Gets First Collegiate Double-Double
Allen Crabbe earned his first collegiate double-double, the second this season for Cal, when he notched 10 points and 10 rebounds against Notre Dame on Nov. 26. Crabbe is averaging 8.4 ppg and third on the team in rebounds at 5.9 rpg. Crabbe has also been good on nine of his 10 tries from the free throw line. He just missed getting his first double-double against Temple on Nov. 25, when he boasted a season-best 12 points and eight rebounds. He nailed three treys at Iowa State.

Pete Newell Career Achievement Award
To honor the legacy of Hall of Fame basketball coach Pete Newell Cal Athletics will designate one men's home game each year as the Pete Newell Classic, beginning with the Bears' matchup with No. 4 Kansas on Dec. 22. In addition, the Pete Newell Career Achievement Award will be presented to a deserving former men's basketball player at a ceremony during the Classic game. The award will be given to a Cal men's basketball alumnus who has distinguished himself in his career accomplishments, upholding the highest ideals of Coach Newell and the University of California. The 2010 recipient will be announced prior to the Pete Newell Classic.

Cal Brings in Top-20 Recruiting Class
Cal's incoming freshman class was ranked No. 17 by Rivals.com and No. 24 by ESPN. Leading the way is guard Allen Crabbe out of Price HS in Los Angeles, who was named the 2010 California Gatorade Player of the Year and Parade All-American. Among Cal's other standout recruits is Gary Franklin (Mater Dei HS), whom ESPN listed as the No. 66 recruit in the nation. Two other freshmen join the squad from the Los Angeles area - forward Richard Solomon and Justin Cobbs, a transfer from Minnesota who attended Bishop Montgomery HS. Solomon was a high school teammate of Crabbe's and was rated the No. 20 power forward in the nation by Rivals.com. One of the Bears' later signings, Emerson Murray from Vancouver, British Columbia, played on the Canadian Junior National team this past summer and was regarded by Hoopstars Canada as the second-best backcourt prospect in Canada. Alex Rossi is a natural shooter who is also known for his defensive abilities.

Golden Bear Notes
Max Zhang, Cal's 7-3 center who would have been a junior this season, recently signed with a professional team in China, ending his collegiate career ... Harper Kamp played chess competitively as a child ... Brandon Smith, a graduate of De La Salle High School, has been to four different continents, including working for an outreach program for schools and orphanages in India ... Emerson Murray comes from a family with a history of competing in track and field. His father is a long time track and field coach, and his sister was a member of the Canadian National Track and Field team and competed at Hawaii ... The lone signee this fall for the Bears was 6-9, 210-forward Davis Kravish out of Lee's Summit, Mo ... Cal's Pac-10 title last season was the Bears' first since 1960 ... Cal was 24-11 overall and 13-5 in the conference in 2009-10 ... Mike Montgomery has won 46 games in his first two seasons in Berkeley, breaking the school record of 39 set by Lou Campanelli in 1986 and '87.

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