Bears Face Iowa State in Big12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series
Dec. 4, 2009
California Golden Bears (4-3) vs. Iowa State Cyclones (6-2)
Saturday, Dec. 5, 8:00 p.m. (PT), Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: ESPNU
Still trying to get its starters fully healthy, No. 25 California welcomes Iowa State for the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. The Golden Bears just came up short of a win at New Mexico last Wednesday, despite numerous players battling illnesses. Cal and Iowa State square off on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.
The Bears are struggling with depth, as both Theo Robertson and Harper Kamp are out with injuires. Forwards Markhuri Sanders-Frison and Omonid Amoke, and guard Jorge Gutierrez are each recovering from illnesses.
One member on the squad who has not been slowed down from injury or illness is senior forward Jamal Boykin. In Cal's last two games, Boykin has scored 43 points and secured 20 rebounds. He tied his personal best in scoring with 22 points against Princeton on Nov. 29, and followed that with 21 points at New Mexico. His team-high 13 rebounds against the Lobos was also a season best for him. Boykin is also Cal's leading rebounder on the season, averaging 7.1 rpg.
Senior guard Jerome Randle boasted 20 points at New Mexico for his fifth 20-point outing of the campaign. Randle now has 1,327 career points and is 14th all-time in school history. Randle is three three-pointers away from second on Cal's all-time three-point list. He currently has 180. Randle is also fifth on Cal's all-time assist list with 405.
Senior guard Patrick Christopher is 16th on the all-time scoring chart with 1,252 points. Last Wednesday against New Mexico, Christopher drilled three first-half three-pointers. He is currently two shy of tying Ryan Anderson for 10th on Cal's career list for three-pointers made.
Sophomore guard Jorge Gutierrez put in 32 minutes of work against New Mexico, despite battling a head cold. Gutierrez a posted season high in scoring (10), and tied his personal best in assists with four.
Cal is 1-1 all-time in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series having played Missouri in both contests. The home team won each meeting, with Cal taking the first game, 86-72, while the Tigers won last season's matchup, 93-66. With four Big 12 victories thus far in 2009, the Big 12 holds the all-time lead in the series, 15-13.
POS NO NAME HT WT YR PPG RPGF 10 Jamal Boykin 6-8 240 Sr 12.7 7.1C 45 Markhuri Sanders-Frison 6-8 275 Jr 3.8 4.5G 3 Jerome Randle 5-10 172 Sr 20.4 4.4 apgG 2 Jorge Gutierrez 6-3 195 So 5.9 2.9G 23 Patrick Christopher 6-5 220 Sr 14.0 4.1