Nov. 27, 2009
California Golden Bears (3-2) vs. Princeton Tigers (2-2)
Sunday, Nov. 29, 2:00 p.m. (PT), Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: CSN California
After getting back in the win column with a decisive victory over Jacksonville last Tuesday, No. 23 California returns to Haas Pavilion for a clash with Princeton on Sunday, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m. The Golden Bears (3-2) posted a 32-point victory over the Dolphins after two loses at Madison Square Garden the week before.
Senior guard Patrick Christopher lit up the scoreboard after a couple of quiet games in New York. Christopher had his first 20-point outing of the season against Jacksonville, notching 23 points on the night. He drilled four of his six three-point attempts. Sophomore forward Omondi Amoke posted a career-best 15 points to go with his eight rebounds. Amoke is the team's leading rebounder with a total of 37 and an average of 7.4 rpg, continuing to be a nice surprise for the Bears on the boards.
Following his 10-point game last Tuesday, senior guard Jerome Randle now has 1,285 career points and is 15th all-time in school history. Christopher is 18th with 1,232 points, just four points shy of Ryan Anderson for 17th. Randle currently stands sixth on the school's career assist chart with 389, just seven shy of Butch Hays for fifth.
Since filling in for the injured Theo Robertson, sophomore guard Jorge Gutierrez has done a nice job with being a part of the starting five for the last three straight games. A solid defender, Gutierrez also tied his personal best in assists with four against Jacksonville. Another sophomore guard who helped the Bears off the bench against the Dolphins was D.J. Seeley, who notched a team-high and new career-best five rebounds.
Cal has been taking advantage of its trips to the free throw line in 2009. The Bears have connected on 83 of their 111 attempts (74.8). Randle has made 26 of his 28 attempts and Amoke has been 17-for-19 from the charity stripe. Last Tuesday against Jacksonville, freshman Bak Bak swished all four of his attempts.