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Basketball: Cal-UNLV game string

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FINAL: Cal wins 73-55 for its first victory over UNLV in four tries. Cal plays Saturday night against either Cincinnati or Florida State in the finals of the Global Sports Classic at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The Bears (5-0) had five players in double digits, led by Jerome Randle with 18 points to go with eight assists and six rebounds. Patrick Christopher played a superb all-around game, helping to lock down UNLV star Wink Adams while also contributing 12 points.  

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2:28 2nd H: Things are looking up for the Bears. Yes, Boykin made the FT to compete the 3-point play and a put-back by freshman Omondi Amoke and a drive by Theo Robertson have the Bears ahead 65-50. UNLV called timeout.

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3:57 2nd H: The Bears are holding on, ahead 59-48, but it’s getting sense at the Thomas and Mack. The 54-34 lead with 13:34 left shrunk to 57-48, as Cal went nearly 9 1/2 minutes with just one field goal. But Boykin converted a pass from Randle for a layup and is going to the line with a chance to push the lead back to 12 points.   

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8:59 2nd H: The Rebels continue to put the heat on. They got within 54-41 before freshman Jorge Gutierrez ended a 4 1/2-minute Cal scoring drought with a hard drive to the basket, making it 56-41.

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11:52 2nd H: It’s not over yet.  The Cal lead reached 20 points when Theo Robertson scored a layup off a nice feed from Patrick Christopher for a 54-34 margin with 13:36 left. But UNLV has scored six straight, cutting the gap to 54-40 and prompting a Cal timeout. Turnovers fed the last two Rebels’ baskets.  It’s getting loud in here, for almost the first time all night.

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15:06 2nd H: UNLV scored the first four points of the second half, but Cal has survived the rush and now leads 48-32. Randle finally missed from 3-point range, then hit one, and fed an alley-oop pass to Patrick Christopher for a dunk that pushed the margin to 16 points. The Rebels are shooting 25 percent.

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  HALFTIME: Cal leads 39-26 after its best half of the young season. The Bears are shooting 55.6 percent from the field — including 6-for-7 from beyond the 3-point arc — and have limited the unbeaten Runnin’ Rebels to 25.8 percent. Cal has a 22-15 rebounding edge and is outscoring UNLV 16-8 in the paint. Randle has 13 points and six assists and the Bears got lifts off the bench from freshman guard Jorge Gutierrez (a season-high seven points) and redshirt freshman center Max Zhang (2 blocks). Remarkably, the Bears are converting 62 percent from 3-point range through 5 1/2 games. UNLV star senior guard Wink Adams, the team’s scoring lead the past two seasons has two free throws and is 0-for-5 from the field.

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3:59 1st H: Cal’s lead is 35-21. The Bears survived 3 minutes without Randle on the floor, the teams going 2-2 during his absence. Randle returned and buried a long 3-pointer for the 14-point lead. He now has 11 points and five assists and is 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. He is 15-for-20 from 3-point distance — 75 percent! — for the season. Cal is outrebounding UNLC 18-12 and is shooting 60.9 percent from the field 

11:46 1st H: Cal’s lead up to 20-9. The Bears are shooting 4-for-4 from 3-point range and the Rebels have four turnovers. Max Zhang is playing center for Cal after Jordan Wilkes picked up his second foul with 13:54. UNLV still struggling to shoot the ball: 3-for-11 from the field. Randle has eight points and four assists and is 14-for-19 from 3-point range for the season.

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14:54 1st H: Cal missed its first five shots from the field, but leads 10-4 at the first timeout. Jerome Randle has five points and two assists, and Jamal Boykin has a 3-pointer. Randle is being guarded by 6-foot-6 Rene Rougeau, and Patrick Christopher is assigned to chase UNLV point guard and top scorer Wink Adams. The Runnin’ Rebels are shooting 2-for-9.

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 PRE-GAME: Annoying, excessive fireworks during player intros.

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LINEUPS: Cal is starting its usual five — Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher, Theo Robertson, Jamal Boykin and Jordan Wilkes.

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RECORDS: Cal is 4-0, UNLV 5-0/

Jeff Faraudo

0 Comments

  1. So far so good. I just hope the Bears can keep on improving, and keep shooting lights out on 3’s.

  2. Jeff,
    From your observation, how much does it have to do with Monty that Cal is 5-0 in early going here?

    BTW, Thanks for the commentary. Checking score online doesn’t tell the whole story.

    Go Bears.

  3. The Championship game will be televised by ESPN 2 Saturday night at 7:30 pm. there is no mention of this on the Cal web Site, so I though I’d give you guys a heads up.

  4. Great win. UNLV is a good team. It should content for the MWC.

    I think the shooting and D are Monty’s doing. Basically the same players as last year but better shooting and some actual defense.

    side note: I listend to Jay John in the post-game interviews. John was a great hire by Monty.

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