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Basketball: Portland game string

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FINAL: Cal wins 81-61, improving to 11-2 in their final game before the start of Pac-10 play Friday against Arizona. The Haas Pavilion crowd loved the final few minutes, when 7-foot-2 1/4 Max Zhang blocked two shots, and should have gotten credit for a third but was whistled for a foul. Afterward, Cal coach Mike Montgomery gave Portland coach and protege Eric Reveno a nice pat on the shoulder.

All-tournament team: Jerome Randle (MVP), Theo Robertson, Jamal Boykin, Cal; T.J. Campbell, Luke Sikma, Portland; Anwar Johnson, Air Force.

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3:30 2nd H: Max Zhang is entering the game, which means two things — his right wrist is OK and this game is over. Jamal Boykin has 19 points and 12 rebounds, Theo Robertson and Jerome Randle 16 each and Patrick Christopher 13. The Bears are at 55.8 percent from the field, the Pilots an even 40 percent. Cal leads 78-55.

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7:49 2nd H: Cal’s lead is up to 69-48 and this is just about over. The Bears continue to execute their offense well, shooting 59.5 percent from the field. Portland is at 40 percent with 12 turnovers. Randle is returning to the floor after a nice 5 1/2 minute rest.

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10:34 2nd H: Cal is taking charge. The Bears lead 62-46 after a jumper by Patrick Christopher, who has scored nine of his 13 points in the second half. Bears shooting 58 percent, Portland 41 percent.

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14:32 2nd H: Portland just called timeout after a steal by Jorge Gutierrez and fastbreak dunk by Theo Robertson pushed Cal’s lead to 54-41. Patrick Christopher has come alive on offense, scoring on consecutive possessions.

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15:53 2nd H: Cal leads 47-39. Portland is feeding the ball to the post at every opportunity, and Cal already has five fouls in the half. The Bears had just five in the entire first half, when they outscored Portland 11-1 at the FT line. The Pilots seem bent on reversing that. Jamal Boykin has scored twice for the Bears and has 14 points.

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HALFTIME: Cal leads 42-32 after being up by as many as 16 points with 5 minutes left in the half. Cal is shooting 54.2 percent, including 5-for-6 from 3-point. Portland is at 41.9 percent, but has hurt the Bears with offensive rebounds, leading to eight second-chance points.  Nik Raivio, the Pilots’ leading scorer, didn’t take a shot in the first half until burying a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left to get the visitors within 10 points.

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3:35 1st H: A 10-0 run by the Bears helped push them into a lead that is now 38-23. Patrick Christopher scored four points during the run, including a spectacular dunk off an alley-oop pass from Jordan Wilkes. The Bears are shooting 63.2 percent, the Pilots 41.7 percent.

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6:53 1st H: Randle just wowed the crowd with a change-of-direction drive to the basket and Cal leads 33-21. Randle has 14 points. Cal is shooting 62.5 percent, including 5-for-5 from 3-point.

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11:45 1st H: Cal leads 20-14 after a layup by Harper Kamp. He will be shooting one free throw after the timeout. The Bears led by as many as 12 points after a layup by Jamal Boykin made it 17-5 with 14:17 left. But Portland went 7-0, including a 3-pointer by Jared Stohl, to climb within four points before Kamp’s basket. 

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15:19 1st H: Cal leads 13-5 after hitting 3-pointers on its past three possessions — two by Jerome Randle and one by Theo Robertson off a feed from Randle. Cal is 4-for-4 from beyond the arc after making just three the entire game on Saturday against Dartmouth.  

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LINEUPS: The usual five for Cal — Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher, Theo Robertson, Jamal Boykin and Jordan Wilkes. A couple of changes for Portland. Former De La Salle HS standout Ethan Niedermeyer gets a start at small forward, and Luke Sikma starts again for Kramer Knutson, apparently still out after suffering a concussion during practice on Christmas.

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MAX WARMS UP: Sophomore backup center Max Zhang, who fell hard on his right wrist during Saturday’s Golden Bear Classic opening-round win over Dartmouth, is dressed and warming up with his teammates for tonight’s championship game vs. Portland.

His wrist is taped, but he’s taking shots and appears OK.

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RECORDS: Cal is 10-2, Portland 7-5

Jeff Faraudo