Cal Comes Right Back to the Court Against Colgate
Dec. 22, 2008
After holding off Nevada last Saturday, California returns to thehardwood against Colgate on Monday, Dec. 22, at 8 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. The GoldenBears (8-2) have won their last three out of four contests. Cal's matchupwith the Raiders is the second game of a six-game homestand thatextends into the start of Pac-10 play.
The homestand started with a 75-66 victory over Nevada on Dec. 20.Once again it was junior G Jerome Randle leading the way for theBears, posting a team-high 23 points, including going 7-for-7 from thefree-throw line, and racking up a game-high eight assists, tying hisseason best.
The Bears continue to pace the nation in three-point accuracy,connecting on just over half their attempts (52.3%). Junior F TheoRobertson is currently No. 1 in the nation from behind the arc (min. 1.5made per game), shooting 62.5 percent (20-of-32) from three-point land.In his last two games, Robertson has nailed all five threes he's taken.Randle is hitting on 27-of-45 for a 60.0-percent success rate, No. 2 inthe country.
Randle also paces the squad with 20.6 ppg and has led the Bears innine of 10 games. He matched his career high with 26 points vs. FloridaState on Nov. 29. He is dishing out 4.7 apg and owns a team-best 12steals.
On the defensive end, the Bears are holding opponents to 66.5 ppg,far fewer than the 75.1 ppg Cal allowed last year. Four teams have notbroken 60 points, with UNLV being the last opponent to not break 60(55) on Nov. 28.
Junior G Patrick Christopher has also been one of the keys on bothends of the floor. In addition to contributing 14.4 ppg, he has stepped upon his defensive assignments. Christopher led the Bears in reboundsagainst Nevada, grabbing six defensive boards. Offensively against theWolf Pack, he posted 16 points.
Note: Today's women's basketball game between No. 9 California andNo. 7 Baylor scheduled for 5 p.m. was cancelled due to bad weatherthat prevented Baylor from traveling to Berkeley, from Eugene, Ore.,where the team remained after defeating Oregon Saturday night. A new date is still being considered for the game.