Bears Hope to End Losing Skid With Road Trip at UCLA
Feb. 5, 2010
California Golden Bears (14-8, 6-4) at UCLA Bruins (11-11, 6-4)
Saturday, Feb. 6, 1 p.m., Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, Calif.
Radio: KFRC 1550 AM TV: CBS
Having lost its last two games in the final minutes, California enters Saturday afternoon's contest at UCLA in a four-way tie for first place in the Pac-10, with the Bruins as one of those teams in the tie at the top. Saturday's game also marks the end of the Golden Bears' four-game road trip. Following Saturday's game, Cal will play five of its last seven regular-season contests in the Bay Area. The Bears and Bruins square off at 1 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion.
Cal jumped out a 30-17 lead in the first half at USC last Thursday. However, the Bears offense went flat shortly thereafter, as the Trojans enjoyed a 25-0 run that put them up by 12 in the second half. Back-to-back three-pointers by senior guard Jerome Randle sparked a Cal comeback, and the Bears were able to reclaim the lead. Two key treys in the final two minutes by USC's Mike Gerrity proved to push USC over the top for the win. Sophomore guard Jorge Gutierrez tied his career high in rebounds with eight, helping to ignite the Bears' comeback.
Randle passed Ryan Drew on Thursday for the school record in most career three-pointers made. He needed two, and recorded six on the night. He tops the chart with 219 treys. He also needs 24 assists to become just the third player in school history to record 500 assists, and he is 18 behind Jason Kidd for third all-time.
The team leader in steals with 38, senior guard Patrick Christopher is ninth on the school's career scoring list with 1,510 points, having scored his 1500th career point against the Trojans. He is currently second on the team in scoring with 16.2 ppg and second in rebounding at 5.7 rpg.
Randle's 346 career free throws ranks seventh all-time in school history. He also leads the team in scoring, averaging 19.3 ppg, and is averaging 4.6 assists per game.
Cal is finally close to getting its team back to 100 percent health, something that hasn't been the case for the entire season. In addition to playing with short bench, the Bears have faced some tough teams, having played four nonconference opponents that were ranked in the AP Top 20 when they played. Cal's RPI is 27, and its Strength of Schedule is No. 4.