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Basketball: Cal-UNLV game string

By Jeff Faraudo
Friday, November 28th, 2008 at 5:04 pm in Basketball, Gameday.

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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/

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  • Benjamin

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

  • John

    GREAT WIN. LET’S DO THIS TOMORROW!!!!

  • calfan1

    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.

  • oskidunker

    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.

  • milo

    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.