Cal Looks For Third Win in a Row as Wildcats Visit
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Release:  12/15/2011

Dec. 15, 2011

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Game #11
California (8-2) vs. Weber State (6-2)
Haas Pavilion | Berkeley, Calif.
Friday, Dec. 16 - 7:30 p.m. PT
Series Record: Cal leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: Cal 75, WSU 65 (Dec. 12, 1970 | San Francisco)
Radio: KNEW 910AM (Roxy Bernstein and Todd McKim)
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Game #12 | 2011 Pete Newell Classic
California (8-2) vs. UC Santa Barbara (5-2)
Haas Pavilion | Berkeley, Calif.
Monday, Dec. 19 - 7:30 p.m. PT
Series Record: California leads, 8-0
Last Meeting: Cal 87, UCSB 66 (Dec. 29, 2009 | Berkeley)
Radio: KNEW 910AM (Roxy Bernstein and Todd McKim)
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BERKELEY - The Golden Bears (8-2) have their sights set on a third straight win when Weber State (6-2) visits Haas Pavilion, this weekend. Cal has two remaining non-conference home games before the start of the inaugural Pac-12 season, and can close the pre-conference schedule in strong fashion with a win over the Wildcats.

The Bears are 7-0 in home games, this year, and pushed their non-league record under head coach Mike Montgomery to 27-3 with a resounding 73-46 victory over Jackson State on Sunday.

Ten games in, Cal leads the Pac-12 in six different statistical categories, including free-throw percentage, three-point field-goal percentage and assists. The Bears hold a 9.7 rpg margin to top the league, as well. The Bears are third in scoring defense and allow 56.5 points per contest, which will be key, as Weber State brings in the NCAA's leading scorer in junior G Damian Lillard (26.9 ppg).

Sophomore G Allen Crabbe is fifth in the Pac-12 with 15.8 ppg, but the Bears boast three scorers in double-digits including senior G Jorge Gutierrez who averages 12.9 ppg, and sophomore G Justin Cobbs who puts up 11.3 ppg. Senior F Harper Kamp shoots 52 percent from the field and pulls down 5.6 rebounds per game.

GAME RECAP (JACKSON STATE): The Bears moved to 7-0 in games at Haas Pavilion, this season, with a 73-46 victory over Jackson State. Thanks to a team-high 17 points from Allen Crabbe, Cal scored more than 70 points for the eighth time, this year. Crabbe also pulled down five boards and three assists as the Bears shot 52.9 percent, for the game. Junior F Bak Bak scored a season-high 10 points and grabbed three rebounds of his own. Behind a season-high of 10 assists from senior G Jorge Gutierrez, the Bears posted the most assists in a game, this season, with 24. The Bears started slowly, but built a 12-point lead at halftime, 31-19, and for the first time since the 1984-85 season, Cal held back-to-back opponents under 50 points. Senior F Harper Kamp had six points and three rebounds, and sophomore G Justin Cobbs put in nine points and six assists as Cal pulled away in the second half, and led by as many as 27 points with 3:54 left in the game. The Bears played some tough-nosed defense, to hold the Tigers to 34-percent shooting, from the field, and caused a season-high 16 turnovers. For Jackson State, G Jenirro Bush led the way with 16 points and six rebounds while G Howard Kelsey had 11 points and three boards.

PETE NEWELL CLASSIC TO HONOR EARL ROBINSON: The Cal-UC Santa Barbara game at Haas Pavilion on Dec. 19 has been designated the second-annual Pete Newell Classic. This year, Earl Robinson--a two-sport star (baseball and basketball) at Cal in the 1950's--will receive the Pete Newell Career Achievement Award during a special halftime ceremony. The special night honors the legacy of Cal's Hall of Fame basketball coach Pete Newell and the contributions he made to California basketball. The award is presented to a Cal men's basketball alumnus who has distinguished himself in his career accomplishments; upholding the highest ideals of Coach Newell and the University.