Bears Open Pac-10 Slate at Stanford on Sunday
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Release:  12/30/2010

Dec. 30, 2010

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California (7-5, 0-0) at Stanford (7-4, 0-0)
Date: Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011
Time: 5 p.m. PT
Location: Maples Pavilion, Stanford, Calif.
Radio: KNEW 910

Ending the nonconference portion of the schedule two games over .500, California treks down the Peninsula this week to face Stanford in the Pac-10 opener. The Golden Bears, who have won the past three meetings in the Bay Area rivalry, will face the Cardinal Sunday, Jan. 2, at 5 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.

Cal (7-5) ended its five-game homestand on a high note, defeating Hartford, 74-56., giving head coach Mike Montgomery his 600th career NCAA Division I head coaching victory. The Bears secured the win without the services of senior center Markhuri Sanders-Frison, who was given the night off for rest. In his place, freshmen Allen Crabbe and Richard Solomon posted career nights. Crabbe tallied a personal-best 17 points, while Solomon registered his first career double-double with career highs of 10 points and 10 rebounds. In addition, sophomores Brandon Smith and Bak Bak made their first career starts. Smith collected a personal-best 15 points and Bak snagged a career-high 10 boards.

Junior forward Harper Kamp currently leads the Pac-10 in free throw shooting at 88.7 percent (47-53). Kamp paced Cal in scoring against Hartford with 19 points and nine rebounds. He is the team's current leading scorer at 13.2 and second in rebounds (5.8).

A team that will pride itself on its defense all year, the Bears' defense is holding opposing offenses to shoot just under 40 percent from the field at 39.4 that ranks second 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 69 steals on the campaign, led by junior Jorge Gutierrez's 15. Crabbe is second on that list with 12. His eight blocks are tied for the team lead after 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). Sanders-Frison currently leads the team on the boards at 8.2 rpg.

Last season's trip to Maples Pavilion was the regular-season finale, and the Bears clinched the outright Pac-10 regular season championship with the win.

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. 393 of those wins came at Stanford when Montgomery was at the helm for the Cardinal from 1987-2004. 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.

Probable Starters

POS     NO      NAME                    HT      WT      YR      PPG     RPG
F       22      Harper Kamp             6-8     245     Jr.     13.2    5.8
Collected 20 points against So. Miss.
C       10      Markhuri Sanders-Frison 6-7     265     Sr.     9.2     8.2
Earned double-doubles in last two games played
G        2      Jorge Gutierrez         6-3     195     Jr.     12.3   3.9(APG)
Reached double figures in scoring nine times this season
G       23      Allen Crabbe            6-6     205     Fr.     8.5     5.2
Posted a season-high 17 points against Hartford
G        4      Gary Franklin           6-2     195     Fr.     7.6     1.1
Led Cal in scoring with 13 points against UC Davis

Stanford Scouting Report
A Look at Stanford

Stanford welcomes Cal with a 7-4 record after topping Yale, 60-44, last Tuesday at Maples. Jeremy Green is the Cardinal's leading scorer at 16.4 ppg. Josh Owens is also averaging double digits in scoring (11.6). Stanford has been strong defensively, currently leading the conference in scoring defense at 60.4.

Cal-Stanford Series History
Cal leads the all-time series over the Cardinal, 142-113, and has won the last three in a row. Last season's contest at Maples ended with the Bears sealing the outright conference championship in the regular-season finale.

Stanford Head Coach Johnny Dawkins
Johnny Dawkins returns for his third season on The Farm. Dawkins helped the Cardinal reach 20 wins and an appearance in the semifinals of the CBI Tournament in his first year, and last season, guided former standout Landry Fields to be an all-league performer and eventual NBA draft pick.
Probable Starters

Pos     No      Name            Ht      Wt      Yr      Ppg     Rpg
F       13      Josh Owens      6-8     230     Jr.     11.6    6.3
F       45      Jeremy Green    6-4     198     Jr.     16.4    2.6
C       50      Jack Trotter    6-9     230     Jr.     5.0     5.7
G        2      Aaron Bright    5-11    175     Fr.     5.5     0.8
G       22      Jarrett Mann    6-4     190     Jr.     3.1     2.0

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Golden Bear Notes
Bears Beat Hawks, Montgomery Gets 600 Wins
Behind some significant contributions from the freshmen, Cal powered past Hartford, 74-56, last Tuesday night at Haas Pavilion. Richard Solomon earned his first career double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, both of which were season highs for the freshman. Fellow freshman Allen Crabbe added a career-high 17 points and nine rebounds. Sophomores Brandon Smith and Bak Bak earned their first career starts, and both turned in career nights. Smith recorded a personal-best 15 points in 29 minutes of work, while Bak posted a career-high 10 rebounds. Harper Kamp paced the Bears with 19 points, and also chipped in nine rebounds.

Montgomery Reaches 600 wins
Mike Montgomery earned his 600th career NCAA Division I head coaching victory with Cal's win over Hartford on Tuesday. He became the seventh active head coach to record 600 Division I victories. 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.

Bears Strong Defensively and on the Boards
Entering this season without a lot of size on the roster, Cal has held its own on defense and on the boards. The Bears have held five opponents to shoot under 40 percent, and have held eight opponents to score less than 70 points. In the Bears' loss to then-No. 14 San Diego State on Dec. 8, the Bears outrebounded the Aztecs by 10 (38-28). On Dec. 22 against No. 3 Kansas, Cal was outrebounded by only one (40-39). A big reason for the strong play on the glass comes from Markhuri Sanders-Frison, the team's leading rebounder at 8.2 rpg. He has hit his personal high of 12 rebounds twice this season (San Diego State, Kansas). Harper Kamp is second on the team in rebounds at 5.8 rpg. He notched a career-high of 10 at Iowa State on Dec. 4. Allen Crabbe is currently averaging 5.2 rpg after collecting nine rebounds against Hartford last Tuesday. Crabbe is also second on the team in steals with 12. Jorge Gutierrez paces the Bears with 15. Cal has outrebounded eight of its 12 opponents this season and has a rebounding margin of +4.2 after outrebounding Hartford by 13 (43-30).

Allen Crabbe: Raising his Game
After going through a bit of a dry patch, Allen Crabbe has put together back-to-back strong efforts on the court. He tallied a season-high 17 points with nine rebounds against Hartford on Tuesday. Crabbe was also one of the Bears' solid contributors against Kansas on Dec. 22, finishing with 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals. Earlier this season, he earned his first collegiate double-double against Notre Dame on Nov. 26 when he notched 10 points and 10 rebounds. Crabbe is averaging 8.5 ppg and third on the team in rebounds at 5.2 rpg. He has also been good on 15 of his 18 tries from the free throw line. His eight blocks are tied for the team lead, while his 12 steals rank second on the squad.

Gutierrez Leads the Way for the Bears
Jorge Gutierrez has reached double figures in nine of the 12 games this season, after recording just four double-figure scoring performances last season. Ever the tough defender, Gutierrez's 15 steals, part of the team's 69, leads the team. He tied his season high with three against Southern Miss. He is second on the team in scoring at 12.3 ppg, and set new career highs in scoring in the first two games of the season (18 vs. Cal State Northridge and 20 vs. New Mexico). Taking over as the team's primary point guard, Gutierrez has recorded a personal-best eight assists twice this season. He collected six against Hartford on Tuesday. He posted 19 points against San Diego State on Dec. 8, and shot 9-for-9 from the free throw line.

Harper Kamp: Picking Up Where He Left Off
After redshirting last season due to a nagging knee injury, Harper Kamp has jumped into the fire as one of the Bears' most reliable players this season. Kamp posted a career-best 25 points against New Mexico on Nov. 20, and secured his second 20-point outing against Southern Miss. on Dec. 12. He also had a career day at Iowa State on Dec. 4, recording his first career double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds). The 10 boards were 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 paced Cal in scoring against Hartford, posting 19 points (shooting 6-for-7) with nine rebounds. Kamp is currently first on the team in scoring (13.2) and second in rebounding (5.8). After making his first 10 free throws this season, he has made 47 of his 53 tries (.887) from the charity stripe, including a perfect 7-for-7 effort against Hartford, which is the best in the Pac-10 right now.

Sanders-Frison Racking up the Double-Doubles
After battling back spasms through the second half of last season, Markhuri Sanders-Frison has produced double-doubles in his last two games. He posted 10 points and 12 rebounds against Kansas on Dec. 22 and 15 points and 10 rebounds against Cal Poly on Dec. 18. He has led Cal in rebounding eight of the 11 games this season. Sanders-Frison's efforts on the boards have helped Cal currently lead the conference in defensive rebounds at 27.4 per game. Sanders-Frison is also pacing the Bears on the boards at 8.2 rpg on the season that ranks fourth in the conference. He posted double figures in scoring three consecutive games earlier this season, including a 12-point effort at Iowa State on Dec. 4. He got his senior season off to a great start with his first career double-double against Cal State Northridge on Nov. 16, tallying a personal-best 15 points and tied his then-career high in rebounds with 10. He is shooting 26-for-36 from the field in his last six games. On the season, Sanders-Frison is shooting .591 from the field, which ranks third among the Pac-10 leaders. In his first four games this season, Sanders-Frison made just nine of his 24 attempts. His 9.2 ppg ranks third on the team.

Help Off the Bench
As much as the Bears rely on their veterans to lead the team, Cal has also gotten significant help off the bench. Brandon Smith has totaled at least 18 minutes off the bench in nine games this season, including 29 against Hartford, which resulted in him posting a personal-best 15 points. He is second on the team in assists with 35. Richard Solomon has collected 10 steals on the year, and is currently averaging 4.8 ppg and 4.8 rpg after earned a double-double against Hartford (personal-high 10 points, 10 rebounds). Bak Bak and Nigel Carter have made the most noise on the court off the bench. Carter went 4-for-4 from behind the arc against Southern Miss. on Dec. 12, while Bak garnered his first career start with Smith against Hartford, and snagged a personal-best 10 rebounds and two steals. Transfer Jeff Powers made his Cal debut against Hartford, notching two rebounds.

Cal's Freshman Class Ranked in the Top 20
Cal's freshman class this season was ranked No. 17 by 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 newcomers join the squad from the Los Angeles area - freshman forward Richard Solomon and Justin Cobbs, a sophomore 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 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 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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