Dec. 29, 2009
BERKELEY - With tonight's 87-66 California victory over UC Santa Barbara, the Golden Bears have now won 38 of their last 40 games at Haas Pavilion, and the last 19 in a row. They've now won the Golden Bear Classic four years in a row.
With his game high 25 points tonight, Christopher now has 1,358 career points and passed Jackie Ridgle for 14th on Cal's all-time list. Jerome Randle notched 23 points tonight, giving him 1,415 for his career. He moved past Keith Smith and Rickey Hawthorne for 9th on the all-time scoring list. Russ Critchfield is in 8th with 1,437 points.
Cal has scored at least 70 points in 11 of 12 games this season, and the Bears have surpassed 80 points six times.
After falling behind 3-0 to open the game, the Bears rattled off 14 straight points en route to a 33-12 run. During the run, Cal hit 13 of 19 shots, including four of five from three-point range. In the first half, Cal shot 60 percent (18-30) from the field and was five of nine from behind the arc. They finished the half outrebounding the Gauchos 23-10.
As a team, Cal set a new season-best three-point percentage at 52.9% (9-17), and committed the fewest fouls all season, 11. The Bears are also enjoying a current team average of 79.4 ppg, which ranks third all-time in school history.
Patrick Christopher scored 19 points in the first half, while hitting eight of his 12 attempts from the field. He finished with 25, a new season high. Randle's 23 points came on a tremendous 7-for-10 shooting, going 6-8 from three-point range. He also went a perfect 3-3 from the foul line.
It was a night that saw many season and career bests from the Bears.
Markhuri Sanders-Frison had a career game and set new personal bests in
points (seven), rebounds (10), blocks (2) and assists (3). Theo
Robertson set a new season high in assists with three, and Jorge Gutierrez's
five assists tied his season high. Bak Bak once again used his limited
minutes well, scoring four points on 2-for-2 shooting and recording a block and
Cal finished the game outrebounding UC Santa Barbara, 39-23, and beat the Gauchos on the fast break, 15-5, second chance points, 22-12 and on points in the paint, 30-22. The Bears now boast a +7.7 rebounding margin, which is the second best in school history.
Christopher was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, and Robertson and Randle also made the all-tournament team from Cal. UC Santa Barbara's Orlando Johnson and Furman's Amu Saaka and Jordan Miller also made the all-tournament team.