Cal Aims for Second Straight Pac-10 Win Vs. Washington State
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Jan. 11, 2011

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California (8-7, 1-2) vs. Washington State (12-4, 2-2)
Date: Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011
Time: 7:30 p.m. PT
Location: Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
TV: All
Radio: KNEW 910 / XM 193

Fresh off its first Pac-10 victory of the season, the Bears return home after playing on the road the past two weeks to face Washington State on Thursday, Jan. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears defeated Arizona State last Saturday, while the Cougars swept both of their games last week.

Cal (8-7, 1-2) got a career-high 21 points from junior guard Jorge Gutierrez and 17 from freshman Allen Crabbe in the Bears' 65-61 win at Arizona State. It was the second straight game that Crabbe tied his personal high of 17. He also notched eight rebounds, second only to senior center Markhuri Sanders-Frison's 11, which was part of his fourth career double-double (13 points). Sanders-Frison now has three double-doubles in his last five games played, and has hit double figures in his last five games, as well.

Junior forward Harper Kamp is currently second in the Pac-10 in free throw shooting at 85.7 percent (54-63). 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 13.1 and second in rebounds (5.6). After scoring 10 points at ASU in front of numerous friends and family, Kamp has now reached double figures in scoring the last four games.

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 40.8 that ranks fifth in the conference. Five opponents have shot under 40.0 percent and nine teams have scored less than 70 points against the Bears. Cal also boasts 86 steals on the campaign, led by Gutierrez's 22, after he secured four against Arizona and three at Arizona State. Crabbe is second on that list with 13.

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. The Bears' rebounding margin of +4.6 ranks third in the conference.

Facing four nonconference opponents currently in the AP Top 20, Cal currently boasts a strength of schedule ranking of No. 4. Earlier this season, the Bears faced No. 3 Kansas, No. 6 San Diego State, No. 9 Notre Dame (which was not ranked when the teams met) and No. 19 Temple. Cal defeated Temple, 57-50, on Nov. 26, in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla.

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Probable Starters

POS     NO      NAME                    HT      WT      YR      PPG     RPG
F       22      Harper Kamp             6-8     245     Jr.     13.1    5.6
Led Cal in scoring at Stanford with 16
C       10      Markhuri Sanders-Frison 6-7     265     Sr.     8.2     10.0
Earned his fourth double-double at Arizona State
G       2       Jorge Gutierrez         6-3     195     Jr.     12.9    4.0 (APG)
Notched a career-high 21 points at Arizona State
G       23      Allen Crabbe            6-6     205     Fr.     9.5     5.5
Posted a season-high 17 points three times, including Arizona and ASU
G       12      Brandon Smith           5-11    185     So.     4.3     1.8
Recorded personal-best 15 points against Hartford in first career start

Washington State Scouting Report

A Look at Washington State
Washington State has started conference play with a record of 2-2 (12-4 overall). After dropping both games in Los Angles to begin Pac-10 play, the Cougars rebounded with a pair of victories against the Oregon schools last weekend. Klay Thompson is averaging 22.3 ppg and 5.2 rpg.
Cal-Washington State Series History
Cal leads the all-time series against the Cougars, 72-45, and the Bears have won the past four meetings and the last five out of six. When these teams met at Haas last year, Jorge Gutierrez scored 15 points and notched six assists, four steals and four rebounds.
Washington State Head Coach Ken Bone
Ken Bone continues his second season as head coach of the Cougars. In his first year at the helm for WSU, Bone led the Cougars to a 16-15 overall mark and 6-12 Pac-10 record, while Thompson earned All-Pac-10 First Team honors.
Probable Starters

Pos     No      Name            Ht      Wt      Yr      Ppg     Rpg
F       23      DeAngelo Casto  6-8     255     Jr.     9.8     6.0
F       31      Abe Lodwick     6-7     208     Jr.     3.1     4.2
G       0       Marcus Capers   6-4     185     Jr.     6.9     5.1
G       1       Klay Thompson   6-6     202     Jr.     22.3    5.2
G       3       Reggie Moore    6-1     180     So.     8.6     3.1
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Golden Bear Notes

Bears Earn First Conference Win of Season at ASU
Led by Jorge Gutierrez's personal-best 21 points, Cal earned its first conference win of the season against Arizona State. Allen Crabbe tied his career high for the second straight game with 17 points, and he also chipped in eight rebounds. Markhuri Sanders-Frison posted his fourth career double-double and his third in the last five games that he's played in. After building a 15-point first-half lead, ASU cut it to eight at the half, and eventually tied the game, but the Sun Devils never led once. Up by three with a minute left, Cal held off four straight three-point attempts by ASU, eventually grabbing the rebound and holding on for the win.

Montgomery Reaches 600 wins
Mike Montgomery earned his 600th career NCAA Division I head coaching victory with Cal's win over Hartford on Dec. 28. 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.

Cal Sports Stingy Defense
Entering this season without a lot of size on the roster, Cal has held its own on defense The Bears have held five opponents to shoot under 40 percent, and have held nine opponents to score less than 70 points. Jorge Gutierrez paces the Bears with 22 steals, while Allen Crabbe is second with 13. The Jan. 2 loss at Stanford marked just the second time this season that Cal allowed its opponent to score 80 points (Southern Miss. 80). Stanford's 57.4 field goal percentage was also the first time the Bears allowed any of its opponents to shoot better than 50.0 percent. On the season, Cal's defense is holding opposing offenses to shoot just over 40 percent from the field at 40.8, which 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.

Gutierrez Leads the Way for the Bears
Jorge Gutierrez has reached double figures in 12 of the 15 games this season, after recording just four double-figure scoring performances last season. He paced the Bears with a new career high of 21 points at Arizona State last Saturday. Ever the tough defender, Gutierrez's 22 steals, part of the team's 86, leads the team. He set a new season high with four at Arizona last Thursday, and also chipped in three at ASU. He is second on the team in scoring at 12.9 ppg, and set previous 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 three times this season. He posted 19 points against San Diego State on Dec. 8, and shot 9-for-9 from the free throw line. In his last four games, Gutierrez has shot 17-for-24 from the free throw line. His apg of 4.0 is currently fifth in the Pac-10.

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 first on the team in scoring (13.1) and second in rebounding (5.6). After making his first 10 free throws this season, he has made 54 of his 63 tries (.857) from the charity stripe, including a perfect 7-for-7 effort against Hartford, which is second in the Pac-10 right now. He just missed a double-double at Arizona State last Saturday, tallying 10 points and nine boards.

Sanders-Frison Racking up the Double-Doubles
Despite battling lingering foot injuries, Markhuri Sanders-Frison has been a force for the Bears. He has four double-doubles to his credit this season, including recording three double-doubles over his last five games. During that stretch, he's averaging 12.8 points and 9.4 rebounds. 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 earned his most recent double-double at ASU (13 points, 11 rebounds). He has led Cal in rebounding 10 of the 14 games he has played in this season. Sanders-Frison is also pacing the Bears on the boards at 8.2 rpg on the season that ranks third 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. On the season, Sanders-Frison is shooting .600 from the field that ranks third among the Pac-10 leaders. In his first four games this season, Sanders-Frison made just nine of his 24 attempts. His 10.0 ppg stands third on the team.

Allen Crabbe: Raising His Game
Allen Crabbe has been coming on strong in recent games, showing more aggressiveness on the court. He tallied a season-high 17 points with nine rebounds against Hartford on Dec. 28. He tied that scoring mark at Arizona, notching 15 of those points in the first half. He repeated that 17-point performance last Sunday at Arizona State. He made seven treys over the Arizona trip. In his last four games, Crabbe is 13-of-28 (.464) from three-point distance. 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 9.5 ppg and third on the team in rebounding at 5.5 rpg. He has also been good on 22 of his 27 tries from the free throw line. His eight blocks are tied for second on the team, while his 13 steals also rank second on the squad. Last Thursday at Arizona, Crabbe also paced the Bears on the boards with seven, and he tallied eight against the Sun Devils.

Bears on the Boards
In Cal's 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). In three of their last four games, the Bears outrebounded Hartford by 13, Stanford by four and Arizona State by 16. 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), and racked up 11 boards at ASU last weekend. Harper Kamp is second on the team in rebounds at 5.6 rpg. He notched a career-high of 10 at Iowa State on Dec. 4. Allen Crabbe is currently averaging 5.5 rpg after posting a team-best seven rebounds at Arizona. He followed that performance with eight boards in the next game at ASU. Cal has outrebounded 10 of its 15 opponents this season and has a rebounding margin of +4.6 which currently ranks third in the Pac-10.

Smith Logs Solid Minutes
Brandon Smith has been a solid contributor off the bench, taking the departed Gary Franklin's spot in the starting lineup. Smith has totaled at least 20 minutes of playing time in nine games this season, including 29 against Hartford, which resulted in him posting a personal-best 15 points in his first collegiate start. He is second on the team in assists with 45.He notched a game-high five assists at Arizona. Smith had a solid night against New Mexico on Nov. 20, registering a career high of seven assists. On the defensive end, Smith, who is regarded as one of the finest defenders in De La Salle High School history, came up with a big steal in the final minutes at Arizona when the game appeared to be over to give Cal a last-second chance to tie or win the game. Last Saturday at Arizona State, Smith played 34 minutes, second only to Allen Crabbe, and boasted a team-high four assists.

Solomon Helps Swat Shots Away
Another key factor off the bench for Cal, Richard Solomon has collected 11 steals on the year, and is currently averaging 4.7 ppg and 4.3 rpg after earning a double-double against Hartford (personal-high 10 points, 10 rebounds) on Dec. 28. Solomon is also tied for second on the team in blocks with eight. He notched three blocks in his season-high night against Hartford. Solomon isn't afraid to take his chances from three-point distance, as well, connecting on two of his seven tries. Last Thursday at Arizona, Solomon registered nine points, but more importantly, he went 4-for-5 from the free throw line, and was good on all four of his tries in the final two minutes of the contest to keep Cal in the game after both Harper Kamp and Markhuri Sanders-Frison got into foul trouble and eventually fouled out.

Bears Boast High Strength of Schedule
Cal has definitely endured some growing pains with such a young team this season, but the competition has been pretty tough, as well. Cal has played three teams in the top 20 (No. 3 Kansas, No. 6 San Diego State, No. 19 Temple). The Bears defeated the Owls, 57-50, as part of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., back in November. Another team Cal played in the Old Spice Classic, Notre Dame, is currently sporting a record of 14-2 and an AP ranking of nine. The Fight Irish were not ranked when they faced the Bears. These four highly-ranked opponents have helped the Bears earn a strength of schedule ranking of No.4. On Sunday, Cal will face No. 17 Washington.

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. 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 ... Gary Franklin, a former freshman guard on this season's team, decided to transfer and left the team on Jan. 5 ... 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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