By Jeff Faraudo
Thursday, November 12th, 2009 at 1:24 am in Basketball.
A few quick thoughts and observations in the aftermath of the Bears’ 95-61 win over Detroit:
– In a span of 8 minutes, 55 seconds early in the second half, the senior twosome of Patrick Christopher and Theo Robertson combined for 28 straight Cal points. All by themselves. Fourteen apiece. When the offense is flowing like that, the Bears are pretty good.
– Mike Montgomery talked afterward about how much better the offense functions when the ball moves quickly. That will be critical next Thursday when the Bears face Syracuse and its famous zone defense. Too much dribbling against the Orange won’t work.
– Robertson was 3-for-4 from 3-point range in the game, but far more encouraging was his willingness to take the ball to the basket and either score or draw fouls. Montgomery said a few weeks ago that Robertson was physically back to 100 percent, but the final step in his recovery from off-season hip surgery was having the confidence to play aggressively without worry that he’d re-injure himself. We saw that in this game.
– Jerome Randle carried the team offensively in the first half, scoring 16 points. He finished with 22 and now has 1,224 for his career, moving him into 17th place on Cal’s all-time list. Christopher has 1,185 points, tying him with Gene Ransom for 20th place.
– Randle is 22-for-23 from the free throw line in two games.
– Center Markhuri Sanders-Frison ran into foul trouble that limited him to 16 minutes, but twice the left-hander scored over a taller defender near the hoop. He had six points, six rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot and didn’t turn the ball over.
– Two nights after appearing timid and tentative against Murray State, Max Zhang came off the bench and played with some spark. The sophomore center had seven points and four rebounds in 14 minutes — all career highs.
– Monty said no idea yet whether junior forward Harper Kamp’s knee will allow him to play at Madison Square Garden next week.