Cal Hosts Sonoma State in Exhibition Game

Oct. 30, 2006

BERKELEY - California takes to the court for its lone exhibition game in preparation for the 2006-07 season when the Golden Bears host Sonoma State at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Haas Pavilion.

Video of the Cal-Sonoma State game will be streamed free on CalBears.com (click on the Golden Bear Sports Network link) with Roxy Bernstein and Todd McKim adding play-by-play commentary.

The Golden Bears begin the regular season Wednesday, Nov. 15 vs. Utah Valley State and hold two more home games in November - Nov. 20 vs. Santa Clara and Nov. 29 vs. Kansas State.

Cal is led by senior guard Ayinde Ubaka, an All-Pac-10 performer last season when he averaged 14.5 ppg and 3.8 rpg. Other returning starters include junior guard Omar Wilkes (7.6 ppg) and junior center DeVon Hardin (7.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg), who was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 choice in 2005-06.

Sonoma State, from nearby Rohnert Park, is coming off its first CCAA championship and has earned a No. 15 preseason national ranking from the Division II Bulletin. It is the highest preseason ranking ever for the Seawolves, who finished 18-9 last year.

Golden Bear Notes
Cal's top three returning three-point threats - Ubaka, Wilkes and sophomore Theo Robertson - combined to make 109-of-276 from behind the arc last season (39.5%) ... a statue of legendary head coach Pete Newell has been installed in the Haas Pavilion Club Room ... in last year's exhibition game, the Bears defeated Humboldt State, 106-62, behind 29 points from Ubaka and 25 points by Wilkes ... Ubaka has been named one of 50 preseason candidates for the Wooden All-America team ... junior center DeVon Hardin (shoulder) and sophomore guard Nikola Knezevic (knee) both underwent offseason surgery, but have returned to practice at full strength ... Cal basketball games will be broadcast again this season on KYOU Radio (1550 AM); Roxy Bernstein will be in his 10th year calling play-by-play and he will be joined for the first time by Todd McKim as analyst.

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