Cal Hosts 16th Annual Colliers International Golden Bear Classic
Dec. 26, 2008
Following the brief holiday break, California continues its six-game homestand with the 16th annual Colliers International Golden Bear Classic Dec. 27-28 at Haas Pavilion. The Golden Bears (9-2), which currently sport a 4-1 record in the month of December, square off against Dartmouth on Saturday in the first game of the tournament at 1 p.m. Portland and Air Force will also compete in the tournament.
Cal won its third in a row on Dec. 22, topping Colgate by a lopsided score of 83-48. The 35-point win was the Bears' largest margin of victory this season and their largest margin of victory since a 43-point win against Jackson State last season. Junior G Jerome Randle led Cal with 16 points, while junior G Patrick Christopher posted 15 points.
The Bears continue to pace the nation in three-point accuracy, connecting on just over half of their attempts (51.0%). Junior F Theo Robertson currently leads the nation in three-point percentage at 61.8 percent (min 1.5 made per game). Randle is tied for sixth in the NCAA in the same category at 57.1 percent.
Randle paces the squad with 20.2 ppg and has led the Bears in 10 of 11 games. He matched his career high with 26 points vs. Florida State on Nov. 29. He is dishing out 4.7 apg and owns a team-best 12 steals.
On the defensive end, the Bears are holding opponents to 64.8 ppg, far fewer than the 75.1 ppg Cal allowed last year. Colgate was the second Cal opponent to not score 50 points this season.
Junior G Patrick Christopher is currently averaging 14.5 ppg. He is also third on the team in rebounds with 43, averaging 3.9 per game. Offensively against Colgate, he posted 15 points.