March 12, 2010
LOS ANGELES - With today's 85-72 win over UCLA in the semifinals of the Pac-10 Tournament, California improved its winning streak to six games, and the Golden Bears have won nine of their last 10 games.
Pac-10 Player of the Year Jerome Randle became Cal's all-time career scorer, surpassing Sean Lampley (1,776). With his team-high 24 points, Randle now has 1,790 career points. It was his 35th career 20-point outing, which ties him with Ansley Truitt for the third most 20-point games in a career.
Randle dished out six assists against the Bruins, giving him 518 for his career, just three shy of Kevin Johnson for second on the school's career assist list.
The Bears shooting percentage of 60.0 was a season high, led by Randle who shot 7-for-11 from the field.
After having a quiet quarterfinal game against Oregon on Thursday, Theo Robertson posted 20 points to give him a career total of 1,254 that ranks 17th in school history.
In their first two games on the tournament, Cal has shot a combined 63-for-111 (54.0 percent). Cal has also shot 17-for-36 (47.2 percent) from three-point distance.
Cal will play Washington in the final Saturday at 3 p.m. The teams split the season series with the home team winning each encounter. In the Pac-10 Tournament, Cal and Washington have only met once before. In 2008, the Bears edged the Huskies, 84-81, in the first round.
Cal now boasts an all-time Pac-10 Tournament record of 11-12, and this is the second time the Bears have reached the final. They lost to UCLA, 71-52, in the 2006 finale.
Each of Cal's last nine wins have been by at least 10 points, starting with the 72-58 victory at UCLA Feb. 6.
If Cal beats the Huskies tomorrow, it will give Cal 24 wins on the season, which is the most since 1960, the last time the Bears won the conference title. The 1960 Cal squad won a total of 28 games and lost in the NCAA championship game to Ohio State. Also if the Bears win on Saturday, it will be the seventh time in the 13 years of the Pac-10 Tournament that the regular season champion also won the tournament title.
An elite free throw shooting team, Cal entered the tournament at 74.8 percent and Randle at 92.8 percent (second in the nation in FT%, the best single season percentage in school history and third-best in Pac-10 history) The Bears shot 90.5 percent as a team (19-21, the fifth time this season over 90 percent) from the foul line, with Randle contributing 9-9.