Cal Seeks 10th Pac-10 Win of Season at Oregon State Saturday
Feb. 20, 2009
California Golden Bears (20-6, 9-4) at Oregon State Beavers (12-13, 6-8)
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m., Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Ore.
Radio: KYOU (1550 AM) TV: Fox Sports Northwest
Enjoying a four-game winning streak, California (20-6, 9-4) will play for its 10th conference win of the season when it takes on Oregon State on Saturday at Gill Coliseum at 2 p.m. The Golden Bears earned their 20th overall victory of the season Thursday night at Oregon with a 78-60 victory.
In Thursday's 18-point victory over the Ducks, Harper Kamp led the Bears in scoring for the first time this season with a career-best 18 points. In addition, Jamal Boykin earned his fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and 14 rebounds, which tied his career best. Jerome Randle also swished 17 points and Patrick Christopher added 16. The margin of victory was the largest at McArthur Court since Cal beat Oregon by 20 in Eugene in 1994.
Randle continues to lead the squad in scoring with 18.4 ppg and has been the Bears' leading scorer in 16 of 26 games. He is dishing out 5.1 apg, the best in the Pac-10 right now, and is second on the team in steals with 20. On Cal's career chart, Randle is eighth in assists with 341 and seventh in three-pointers with 137. He is also within striking distance of the school record for three-pointers in a season, having drained 59 this year, just nine shy of the 68 by Ryan Drew in 1990.
The Bears continue to pace the nation in three-point accuracy, connecting on 45.8 percent of their attempts. Theo Robertson is currently No. 1 in three-point accuracy at 54.8 percent (min 1.5 made per game). Robertson recently took over first place as Cal's all-time career three-point shooter at 45.0 percent. In addition, Cal's field goal percentage is currently second in the Pac-10 and tied for fifth in the nation (49.5%). The Bears have shot at least 50 percent in 10 of their last 16 games, including 66.7 percent vs. Oregon on Jan. 24.
On defense, the Bears are holding opponents to 66.7 ppg, far fewer than the 75.1 ppg Cal allowed last year. The Bears have held eight opponents to less than 40.0 percent shooting this, including holding the Ducks to 33.9 percent last Thursday. Only six teams have been able to make more than half their attempts against Cal.
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