Bears Hope to End Losing Skid Against Ducks
Jan. 23, 2009
California (15-4, 4-2) hopes to get past Thursday's loss to Oregon State when it faces Oregon on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 3 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Since enjoying a nine-game winning streak, the Golden Bears have suffered back-to-back conference losses, most recently to the Beavers last Thursday. Cal has its sights set on remaining near the top of the Pac-10 Conference.
Jamal Boykin recorded his third double-double of the season against Oregon State, collecting 15 points and 10 rebounds. It was the team's fifth double-double on the season.
Jerome Randle continues to pace the squad with 18.8 ppg and has been the Bears' leading scorer in 13 of 19 games. He is dishing out 5.2 apg and is tied for first in steals with 15. Against the Beavers, Randle posted 20 points and eight assists. He is now just one assist away from 10th all-time in school history. He moved into ninth for career three-point field goals made with 123. Randle is also getting close to 1,000 career points, currently standing at 935. Patrick Christopher may get there sooner as his current career point total is 974. They would be the 37th and 38th players in school history to reach 1,000 points.
After cooling off a bit against the Cardinal, Christopher had a good game against the Beavers, tallying 15 points and four rebounds. Christopher was four-for-seven from behind the arc.
The Bears continue to pace the nation in three-point accuracy, connecting on 47.2 percent of their attempts. Theo Robertson is currently No. 1 in the nation in three-point percentage at 55.4 percent (min 1.5 made per game). In addition, Cal's field goal percentage has been at least 50.0 percent in six of its last nine games.On defense, the Bears are holding opponents to 65.3 ppg, far fewer than the 75.1 ppg Cal allowed last year. The Bears have held six opponents to shooting less than 40.0 percent this season, and only three teams were able to shoot 50.0 or higher against Cal.