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Basketball: Detroit game thread

By Jeff Faraudo
Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 at 7:59 pm in Basketball, Gameday.

FINAL SCORE: Cal 95, Detroit 61. Next stop, Madison Square Garden. More later.

3:56 2nd H: This one’s just about over. Cal is up 85-59 and the regulars are resting. Robertson and Randle each finished with 22 points, combining to make 19-for-20 from the FT line. Christopher had 18 points. Despite giving up an inch or more at every starting position, the Bears are outrebounding Detroit 38-25. Bak Bak is in!

7:56 2nd H: The Bears are seemingly in control, ahead 72-53. Detroit has gotten no closer than 14 points after Cal’s 11-0 run. Randle has 20 points, Robertson 19 and Christopher 18 — that’s 57 points from the three seniors. And Cal’s other senior starter, forward Jamal Boykin, has 10 rebounds.

11:56 2nd H: Cal leads 61-44 thanks to an 11-0 run fueled by consecutive 3-pointers by Christopher, Robertson and Robertson again. Deadline looms for the print edition, so you may not hear from me much for a while.

17:07 2nd H: Detroit scored the first four points of the half, extending their run to 11-0 and pulling within 40-36. But Cal has scored eight straight, including six from the FT line, and now leads 48-36. Randle has 20 points and is 10-for-10 at the line. Detroit has missed four straight shots since battling back within four points.

HALFTIME: Cal leads 40-32, but isn’t happy about it. Bears were up 40-25 after a spike-tip by Christopher with 1:35 left, then allowed the Titans to score the final seven points of the half, thanks in part to back-to-back turnovers. Randle has 16 points, while Chase Simon has 15 for Detroit. Cal is shooting 40 percent, Detroit 37 percent. The Bears have a 23-16 edge on the boards.

3:15 1st H: Detroit trails 34-25 after 3-pointer by Kennedy, who has nine points on 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. The rest of his team is 0-for-7 from deep. The 6-foot-10 Holman, who sat for a few minutes after picking up his second foul, is back in the game for Detroit.

3:45 1st H: Cal pushed the lead to 27-14 before the Titans closed to 29-20 after a 3-pointer by Thomas Kennedy. The Bears were playing a zone with Max Zhang in the game. Max remains on the floor, along with Cal’s four regular starters. Randle had 14 points.

7:37 1st H: Randle came out for freshman Brandon Smith with 8:28 left. Cal leads 25-14. Detroit hasn’t made a field goal since 12:22, shooting 0-for-5 with three turnovers since. Titans are at 26.3 percent for the game, Cal has slipped to 36.8 percent. Christopher, who has been on the bench since 9:23, is coming back out of the timeout. So it’s Sanders-Frison, Amoke, Robertson, Christopher and Smith. 

9:19 1st H: Detroit just called timeout, trying to halt a 9-0 run that has pushed the Bears into a 23-11 lead. Randle hit his second 3-pointer and has 12 points. Christopher, meanwhile, is 0-for-5. Detroit shooting 29.4 percent.

11:46 1st H: The Bears lead 16-11. Montgomery took Sanders-Frison out with 13:55 left and went small with Jorge Gutierrez in as a third guard. But he picked up two fouls in a span of four seconds and was back on the bench with 12:40 left. Nikola Knezevic is now in. Randle has seven points, including a 3-pointer. Cal is shooting 50 percent, Detroit 35.7 percent.

15:48 1st H: Cal jumped out to a 6-0 lead and is up 8-3 at the first timeout. Sanders-Frison is going right at Richmond native Eli Holman and has scored over him twice from the key. Detroit is shooting 1-for-7.

IN THE HOUSE: Among the notables at Haas Pavilion tonight _ Cal’s all-time career scoring leader, Sean Lampley.

RECORDS: Cal is 1-0 after a 75-70 win over Murray State on Monday. The Bears were 22-11 in 2008-09. Detroit, playing its season opener, was 7-23 last year.

STARTING LINEUPS: Cal will start Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher, Theo Robertson, Jamal Boykin and Markhuri Sanders-Frison. Detroit’s starting five is Xavier Keeling, Chase Simon, Lamar Lee, Thomas Kennedy and Eli Holman.

COACHES VS. CANCER SCORES: Syracuse, which will face the Bears at Madison Square Garden a week from Thursday, dusted Robert Morris 100-60, led by guard Andy Rautins, who shot 7-for-10 from 3-point range and scored 22 points. North Carolina leads NC Central 87-37 with under 2 minutes left.

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  • Rollonubears

    We always try to chew up 30 sec at the end of the half and end up turning it over. Then we give up a bucket with 2 seconds left. Just let them play! It happened Monday and in almost every game last year. It’s half time. You don’t need the final shot. Just run the offense. We need more from sanders frison but he’s looking good. If we had a solid big man we’d be a top ten team. This arrangement right now though isn’t looking too good.

  • milo

    Nice game, Cal finally busted out. The trey got rolling. The Big 3 looked good as they should.

    It looks like front line got a little stronger. Boykins did well and Sanders-Frison look like he can shores things up well down low although he might have fouls issues. Hopefully Kamp comes back soon.

    And dang Max Zhang made a step forward tonight. If he can get 10-15 minutes a game, big big help.