Bears Hope to Split Weekend Series Vs. Arizona State
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Release:  01/07/2011

Jan. 7, 2011

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California (7-7, 0-2) at Arizona State (8-6, 1-2)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011
Time: 12:30 p.m. PT
Location: Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe, Ariz.
Radio: KNEW 910

Following Cal's two-point heartbreaking loss at Arizona on Thursday night at the McKale Center, the Golden Bears look to get a split on the weekend road trip when they face Arizona State Saturday, Jan. 8, at 11:30 a.m. PT from Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. The Sun Devils are currently 1-2 in conference play after falling to Stanford on Thursday, 55-41.

Cal (7-7, 0-2) lost a tough one at Arizona on Thursday, 73-71. For the third straight game, four Bears reached double figures, led by freshman guard Allen Crabbe's 17, which tied his career high. Fifteen of Crabbe's points were scored in the first half when Cal overcame a 10-point deficit to take a one-point lead into the locker room. The Bears pushed their lead out to as many as nine before the Wildcats began to chip away at the lead, thanks to Derrick Williams' career-high 31 points and school-record 22 free throw attempts.

Junior forward Harper Kamp is currently second in the Pac-10 in free throw shooting at 85.2 percent (52-61). Kamp paced Cal in scoring against Hartford on Dec. 28 with 19 points and nine rebounds before his team high 16 at Stanford on Jan. 2. He is the team's leading scorer at 13.3 and second in rebounds (5.4). He put up 12 points at Arizona.

A team that will pride itself on its defense all year, the Bears' defense is holding opposing offenses to shoot just over 40 percent from the field at 40.6 that ranks fifth in the conference. On Dec. 18, Cal Poly shot 29.4 percent against the Bears and 14.3 percent from three-point distance. Five opponents have shot under 40.0 percent and eight teams have scored less than 70 points against the Bears. Cal also boasts 80 steals on the campaign, led by junior Jorge Gutierrez's 19, after he secured four against Arizona. Crabbe is second on that list with 13. His eight blocks are tied for the team lead after freshman Richard Solomon swatted away a season-best of three against Hartford.

Cal has also been successful in the rebounding department. In the Bears' loss to then-No. 14 San Diego State on Dec. 8, the Bears outrebounded the Aztecs by 10 (38-28). Against No. 3 Kansas, Cal was outrebounded by only one (40-39). Senior center Markhuri Sanders-Frison currently leads the team on the boards at 8.0 rpg. The Bears' rebounding margin of +3.8 ranks fifth in the conference.

Along with Cal's victory over Hartford, Montgomery earned his 600th career collegiate head coaching victory. He became the seventh active head coach to record 600 Division I victories. With the win over UC Davis on Dec. 1, 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.