Dec. 9, 2011
BERKELEY - The Golden Bears host Jackson State in a Sunday-afternoon matinee coming off a 45-point victory over San Jose State. Cal bounced back from its second loss of the season by routing the Spartans, and can continue to build its momentum with a victory over the Tigers.
The Bears have a perfect 6-0 record in home games, this season, and average 15 more points at Haas Pavilion than they do, away from home (77.3-62.0). Cal also enjoys a 50.9 shooting percentage on its home floor as opposed to a 39.5 clip away from Berkeley. In their six home victories, the Bears have won by an average margin of 24.5 points, and out-rebounded opponents by 12.8 rpg.
The last time Jackson State visited the Bay Area to face Cal, senior F Harper Kamp was a freshman and the Bears claimed a 117-74 victory on Dec. 5, 2007. F Patrick Christopher led the way with 26 points, and F Ryan Anderson poured in another 23 with four three-pointers. Kamp scored a season-high 16 points to go with five rebounds and two assists on 5-for-7 shooting.
Kamp is averaging 8.9 ppg and 5.9 rpg, this season, and leads the team in field-goal percentage (30-59, .508). His field-goal shooting rates 15th the Pac-12. Sophomore G Allen Crabbe leads the Bears with 15.7 ppg (6th in the Pac-12) and pulls down 5.9 boards per game.
Thanks to the consistent charity-stripe shooting of senior G Jorge Gutierrez, the Bears lead the conference in free-throw percentage (134-180, .744). Gutierrez is 29-for-32 for a 90.6 percentage. Sophomore G Justin Cobbs leads the conference in three-point field-goal percentage (11-18, .611) and has the Bears atop the league in that statistical category, as well (48-110, .436). Cobbs is third on the team with 11.6 ppg, and leads the squad with 39 assists.
SiriusXM satellite radio 128 will carry the KNEW 910AM call of the game by Roxy Bernstein and Todd McKim.
GAME RECAP (SAN JOSE STATE): In an 81-36 rout of San Jose State, the Golden Bears earned their largest win of the season and the greatest margin of victory in two decades, since a 47-point win against Morgan State, 97-50, on Nov. 25, 1991. The Cal defense held the Spartans to 36 points on 20-percent shooting, both season lows for a Cal opponent. Sophomore G Allen Crabbe led the Bears with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting and senior G Jorge Gutierrez had 14 points and four assists. Gutierrez's defense held SJSU's leading scorer, James Kinney, scoreless on 0-of-12 shooting. Sophomore G Justin Cobbs was the third Bear to hit double figures with 10 points and a game-high five assists. Freshman F David Kravish had a career-high 10 rebounds and three blocks to go with nine points. Kravish paced Cal to 52 team rebounds; the first time the Bears have topped 50 boards since Dec. 5, 2009, against Iowa State. Freshman G Raffi Chalian notched his first collegiate points on a jumper with 2:08 to play, but the game was never in doubt after Cal opened up on a 17-2 run, followed by a 13-0 streak to start the second half. For the Spartans, Wil Carter led the way with 13 points and D.J. Brown joined him in double figures with 11 points and six rebounds.