Cal Goes for Fourth Straight Win Against Arizona State
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Release:  02/01/2011

Feb. 1, 2011

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California (12-9, 5-4) vs. Arizona State (9-12, 1-8)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011
Time: 8 p.m. PT
Location: Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
TV: FSN/CSN Calif.
Radio: KNEW 910 / XM 193 / Sirius 214

California continues its four-game homestand this week against Arizona State and Arizona. The Golden Bears (12-9, 5-4) are currently enjoying their first three-game winning streak since the first three games of the season. Cal faces Arizona State Thursday, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.

Jumping out to a big first-half lead against Oregon last Saturday, the Ducks made it interesting when they cut the deficit down to one, but the Bears held on for the 85-77 victory. It was the Bears' 10th win over the Ducks in the past 11 meetings in Berkeley. Senior center Markhuri Sanders-Frison posted a career-high 18 points, shooting 6-for-7 seven from the field. His season field goal percentage of 60.7 currently ranks second in the conference. Freshman guard Allen Crabbe also notched 18 points, and also notched a team-high seven rebounds. Sanders-Frison and Crabbe are the team's leading rebounders at 7.9 rpg and 5.6, respectively.

A team that doesn't have a lot of depth on the bench, Cal has gotten strong consistent performances game-by-game from Sanders-Frison, Crabbe, junior forward Harper Kamp and junior guard Jorge Gutierrez. The quartet has collectively reached double figures in scoring six times this season, including both games against the Oregon schools last weekend. The fifth starter, sophomore guard Brandon Smith, has taken the role as the team's primary point guard, and is currently second on the team in assists, averaging 3.4 a game.

Cal has also moved towards a bigger lineup, using forwards Richard Solomon and Bak Bak more frequently in the front court. Bak has played at least 15 minutes in the last three games, scoring 16 points and snaring 13 boards in those contests. In the last six games, Solomon is averaging 8.0 ppg, while shooting 17-for-20 from the field.

Since the start of Pac-10 play, nobody has come on stronger for the Bears than Crabbe. Second on the team at 16.2 ppg in the first half of the conference schedule (Kamp 16.3), Crabbe has shown more aggressiveness on the court since the start of Pac-10 play. His success was highlighted by his career-high 30 points against Washington State on Jan. 13 after tying his then-season high of 17 points in the previous two games. Crabbe has hit double figures in the last eight consecutive games and paced the Bears on the boards in three of the last eight games.

Kamp leads the team in free throw shooting at 82.9 percent (87-105) that ranks second in the conference, while Crabbe is second on the team at 80.0 percent (48-60). Last Saturday against Oregon, Cal made 17 of its last 18 free throw attempts and Gutierrez ended the game 11-for-14 from the line.

Probable Starters

POS     NO      NAME                    HT      WT      YR      PPG     RPG
F       22      Harper Kamp             6-8     245     Jr.     14.5    5.4
Reached double figures in last 10 games
C       10      Markhuri Sanders-Frison 6-7     265     Sr.     10.9    7.9
Scored career-high 18 points vs. Oregon
G       2       Jorge Gutierrez         6-3     195     Jr.     12.4    4.4 (APG)
Notched first career double-double against Oregon State
G       23      Allen Crabbe            6-6     205     Fr.     11.8    5.6
Garnered double figures in past eight games
G       12      Brandon Smith           5-11    185     So.     5.2     3.4 (APG)
Nailed two treys at USC, and finished the game with 12 points

Arizona State Scouting Report
A Look at Arizona State

Arizona State comes to Berkeley on a five-game losing streak and losers of seven of the last eight games. The Sun Devils had a rough weekend last week, losing by two to USC and falling to UCLA in overtime at home. Cal beat ASU in Tempe earlier this season behind a career-high 21 points from Jorge Gutierrez and Allen Crabbe tying his previous personal best with 17. Markhuri Sanders-Frison also boasted a double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds).

Cal-Arizona State Series History
The season series is tied, 35-35, between these two teams and Cal has won the last three in a row. The 62-46 win by the Bears over the Sun Devils at Haas Pavilion last season clinched a share of their first conference championship in 50 years.

Arizona State Head Coach Herb Sendek
Entering his fourth season at the helm for ASU, Herb Sendek has led the Sun Devils to three straight 20-win seasons. In his first season, Sendek helped ASU win a school record 15 home games, one year after ASU endured a 15-game losing streak and a 2-16 Pac-10 record.

Probable Starters

Pos     No      Name                    Ht      Wt      Yr      Ppg     Rpg
F       5       Kyle Cain               6-7     210     Fr.     6.0     5.8
G       3       Ty Abbott               6-3     205     Sr.     13.9    3.9
G       10      Jamelle McMillan        6-2     180     Sr.     6.0     2.8
G       24      Trent Lockett           6-4     210     So.     13.8    5.5
G       30      Rihards Kuksiks         6-6     206     Sr.     10.4    2.7

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Golden Bear Notes
Cal Uses Big First Half to Top Oregon, 85-77

Markhuri Sanders-Frison and Allen Crabbe scored 18 points each (career high for Sanders-Frison) in Cal's 85-77 win over Oregon last Saturday to help Cal win its third straight conference game and its first three-game winning streak since the beginning of the season. Jorge Gutierrez added 17 points, shooting 11-for-14 from the free throw line, and Harper Kamp scored 13. After enjoying a large first-half lead, including a 16-2 run, the Ducks used a second-half 9-1 run to cut the lead down to one, but Cal was able to hold on for the win. Crabbe's seven rebounds paced the Bears who improved to 18-4 in conference home games with Mike Montgomery at the helm. Montgomery also improved his all-time record against Oregon to 33-9.

Allen Crabbe: Raising His Game
Allen Crabbe boasted a career-high 30 points against Washington State on Jan. 13, shooting 10-for-15 from the field. It was the most by a Cal player this season and the most by a Pac-10 freshman in the last past three seasons. He is the first Cal freshman to score at least 30 since Shareef Abdur-Rahim did so four times during the 1995-96 season. Before his monster game against the Cougars, Crabbe tallied a then-season-high 17 points with nine rebounds against Hartford on Dec. 28. At UCLA on Jan. 20, he posted 13 of his 17 points in the final three and a half minutes, including a three-pointer to tie the game with 10 seconds left. He also scored 17 against Arizona and Arizona State, notching 15 of those points in the first half against the Wildcats. He made seven treys over the Arizona trip. Earlier this season, he earned his first collegiate double-double against Notre Dame on Nov. 26 when he garnered 10 points and 10 rebounds. He has registered double-digit scoring performances in the last eight games. Crabbe is averaging 11.8 ppg and is second on the team in rebounding at 5.6 rpg. He has also been good on 48of his 60 tries from the free throw line, giving him a percentage of 80.0 that ranks second on the team and fifth in the conference.
Most Points by a Freshman in a Conference Game in 2010-11
Terrence Jones (Kentucky) - 35 vs. Auburn
Allen Crabbe (California ) - 30 vs. Washington State
Trey Zeigler (Central Michigan) - 30 vs. Toledo

Harper Kamp: Picking Up Where He Left Off
After redshirting last season due to a nagging knee injury, Harper Kamp has become one of the Bears' most reliable players this season. He has reached double figures in scoring the last 10 consecutive games, and been Cal's leading scorer in four of the last five, including 18 points against Oregon State last Thursday. He has made at least half his field goal attempts each of the last six games, going 38-for-66 (57.6%). Kamp posted a career-best 25 points against New Mexico on Nov. 20, and secured 20-point outings against Southern Miss. on Dec. 12, Washington on Jan. 16 and UCLA on Jan. 20. He also had a career day at Iowa State on Dec. 4, securing 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). Kamp is first on the team in scoring (14.5) and third in rebounding (5.4). He has made 87 of his 105 tries (.829) from the charity stripe, including a perfect 9-for-9 effort at UCLA on Jan. 20, which tied the team-best performance from the line this season. Kamp`s free throw percentage ranks second in the Pac-10 and best on the team.

Sanders-Frison Racking up the Double-Doubles
Markhuri Sanders-Frison has been a force for the Bears. He has reached double figures in scoring in the 10 of the last 11 games he's played in. He collected a career-high 18 points in Cal's last game against Oregon on Jan. 29, converting on six of his seven shots and going 6-for-9 from the free throw line. He has five double-doubles to his credit this season, and just missed one against Oregon State on Jan. 27 (15 points, 9 rebounds). He earned his most recent double-double vs. Washington State (14 points, 10 rebounds) on Jan. 13. He got his senior season off to a great start with his first career double-double against Cal State Northridge on Nov. 16, tallying 15 points and tied his then-career high in rebounds with 10. Sanders-Frison is also pacing the Bears on the boards at 7.9 rpg on the season that ranks fifth in the conference. On the season, Sanders-Frison is shooting .607 from the field that ranks second among the Pac-10 leaders. Over his past four games, he is shooting 21-of-33 from the floor (63.6%). His 10.9 ppg stands fourth on the team.
Sanders-Frison's Double-Doubles

Nov. 16            - Cal State Northridge - 15 points, 10 rebounds
Dec. 18            - Cal Poly             - 15 points, 10 rebounds
Dec. 22            - Kansas               - 10 points, 12 rebounds
Jan. 8             - at Arizona State     - 13 points, 11 rebounds
Jan. 13            - Washington State     - 14 points, 10 rebounds

Bears Boast High Strength of Schedule
Cal has endured some growing pains with such a young team this season, but the competition has been pretty tough, as well. Cal has played four teams in the top 20 (No. 2 Kansas, No. 7 San Diego State, No. 9 Notre Dame, No. 20 Washington). The Fighting Irish were not ranked when they faced the Bears. The Bears also defeated then-No. 20 Temple, 57-50, as part of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., back in November. These four highly-ranked opponents have helped the Bears earn a strength of schedule ranking of No.7. No. 21 Arizona will be the fifth ranked team Cal will play this season.
Cal's Games Vs. Ranked Opponents

Nov. 25 vs. No. 20 Temple          - 57-50, Cal
Dec. 8  vs. No. 14 San Diego State - 77-57, SDSU
Dec. 18 vs. No. 3 Kansas           - 78-63, Kansas
Jan. 16 vs. No. 17 Washington      - 92-71, Washington

Solomon Boosts Bears off the Bench
Cal's best option off the bench, Richard Solomon notched a personal-best 14 points against Washington on Jan. 16. He earned a double-double against Hartford (10 points, personal-high 10 rebounds) on Dec. 28. On Jan. 20 at UCLA, Solomon posted 12 points and a season-high three steals, giving him 15 on the year. On Jan. 6 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. Against Washington State on Jan. 13, Solomon finished with seven rebounds, and shot 3-for-4 from the field to record eight points. Solomon's season averages include 5.6 ppg and 4.2 rpg. In his last six games, Solomon is shooting 17-for-20 from the field and 13-for-22 from the free throw line.

Gutierrez Leads the Way for the Bears
Jorge Gutierrez has reached double figures in 15 of the 21 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 on Jan. 8. He also earned his first career double-double against Oregon State last Thursday, boasting 16 points and personal-high 11 assists. Last Saturday against Oregon, Gutierrez finished with 17 points after shooting 11-for-14 from the free throw line. Ever the tough defender, Gutierrez's 31 steals, part of the team's 117, leads the team. He set a new season high with four at Arizona on Jan. 6, and tied that mark at USC on Jan. 22. After having a quiet first half against UCLA on Jan. 20, he responded with 11 second-half points to finish with 15 for the game. He posted 19 points against San Diego State on Dec. 8, and shot 9-for-9 from the free throw line. He is second on the team in scoring at 12.4 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). His apg of 4.4 is currently second in the Pac-10.

Down To the Wire
Cal enters Saturday's game against Oregon with a record of 4-4 in the Pac-10, but the Bears easily could have had a couple of those losses swing the other way. Two conference games Cal lost were not decided until the final play of the game - Jan. 6 at Arizona and Jan. 20 at UCLA. Including a loss to Southern Miss., the Bears have lost three games by two points, and they picked up their first win by that score differential at USC on Jan. 22. Besides the win over the Trojans, Cal has also picked up a couple close-call victories. The Bears hung on to win at Iowa State by three and at Arizona State by four. Cal also held off Washington State in overtime in Berkeley after the Cougars were good on a three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation to send the game into the extra session.
Games This Season Decided by Three Points or Less

Dec. 4 at Iowa State       - 76-73, Cal
Dec. 12 vs. Southern Miss. - 80-78, So. Miss.
Jan. 6 at Arizona          - 73-71, Arizona
Jan. 20 at UCLA            - 86-84, UCLA
Jan. 22 at USC             - 68-66, Cal

Smith is Set as a Starter
Brandon Smith had a career night against Washington State on Jan. 13, securing new career highs in assists (9), rebounds (5) and playing time (44 minutes). On the defensive end, Smith, who is regarded as one of the finest defenders in De La Salle High School history, shut down WSU's Klay Thompson in the overtime period after Thompson put up 36 on the Bears in regulation, helping the Bears earn the win. He also 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. Smith earned his first collegiate start against Hartford on Dec. 28, which resulted in him posting a personal-best 15 points. Smith has started every game since that career-high night against Hartford and into the conference portion of the schedule. On Jan. 22 at USC, Smith nailed two key three-pointers after entering the game with only one trey this season. He is currently second on the team in assists with an average of 3.4, after collecting seven against Oregon State last weekend.

McKeen to be Inducted into Pac-10 Hall of Honor
Bob McKeen, a 6-7 center who played for the Golden Bears from 1952-55, will be inducted into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor during a ceremony at the 2011 Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles. McKeen played for two of the most notable coaches in Cal history - Nibs Price and Pete Newell - and finished his career as the school's all-time leading scorer (1,654 points), setting a record that stood for more than 30 years. McKeen averaged 15.5 points per game over his four-year career and finished with 1,654 points, nearly 400 points more than any Bear up to that time. The mark remained atop Cal's scoring chart until 1987 when Kevin Johnson tallied just one point more. McKeen will become the 10th Golden Bear enshrined n the Hall of Honor, following coaches Pete Newell and Nibs Price and players Kevin Johnson, Darrall Imhoff, Jason Kidd, Andy Wolfe, Russ Critchfield, Charles Johnson and Earl Robinson.

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 ... Richard Solomon practiced karate as a child, achieving the rank of junior black belt ... 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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