Basketball: Jacksonville scouting report

 With Theo Robertson and Harper Kamp on the shelf trying to get healthy, the onus falls on a couple complementary players to hike up their production and help take the heat off senior guards Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher.

The Bears, who face Jacksonville on Tuesday night at Haas Pavilion, need something more from sophomore guard Jorge Gutierrez, now starting in place of Robertson, and from junior center Markhuri Sanders-Frison.

Mostly, the Bears need them on the floor.

The two have combined for 43 points, 36 rebounds . . . and 31 personal fouls through Cal’s first four games.

Sanders-Frison is averaging just 20 minutes per outing as a starter, mostly because he has been in foul trouble every game. He accumulated four fouls in each of Cal’s first three games, then fouled out last Friday night against Ohio State in the third-place game of the Coaches vs. Cancer event at Madison Square Garden. Gutierrez also fouled out of the Ohio State game.

The Bears simply don’t have the depth to afford either of these guys spending long stretches on the bench, nursing foul trouble.

“Markhuri is over-helping, getting himself in foul trouble with needless reach fouls,” coach Mike Montgomery said. “Jorge played (about) 24 minutes (per game) last year and could could go in and be very, very aggressive knowing that you were going to have some time off because you’re not a starter.

“If he’s going to play (more), then he’s got to recognize he can’t be as aggressive, perhaps, in the first part of the game. Save your fouls, then go after things,” Montgomery said. “If you’re down some people, you have to start thinking in terms of, `How do I stay on the floor?’ ”

Montgomery said it’s primarily a matter of displaying more sound fundamentals on defense. While Sanders-Frison may be guilty of reaching, Gutierrez was out of position on several fouls against Ohio State, Montgomery said.

 JACKSONVILLE SCOUT: The Dolphins (0-1) of the Atlantic Sun Conference lost 87-61 at Florida State in its only game to date . . . Jacksonville played non-conference games against FSU, Georgia Tech, Georgetown and Ohio State last season, losing by an average of fewer than seven points per game, to the way to an 18-14 overall record . . . Senior guard Ben Smith was named preseason Atlantic Sun Player of the Year after averaging 17.0 ppg a year ago. Smith enters Tuesday’s game with 1,336 career points . . . Senior forward Lehmon Colbert has scored 1,127 career points  . . . The Dolphins are “small, quick, athletic, real good at point of attack,” according to Montomery. “They play four-out, pass and cut, some pressure, probably some zone.” . . . Jacksonville was voted by both the coaches and media as the Atlantic Sun favorite.

ETCETERA: This is the first meeting between Cal and Jacksonville, which is not to be confused with Jacksonville State, the alma mater of former ABA/NBA star center Artis Gilmore . . . Randle ranks 15th on Cal’s career scoring list with 1,275 points and needs 17 to move past Dave Butler . . . Although he has not started a game, sophomore Omondi Amoke entered the week tied for sixth in the Pac-10 in rebounding at 7.3 per game, owing in part to his career-high 15-rebound performance against Ohio State . . . Even given the Bears’ difficult schedule, here’s a stat that won’t make Monty happy: The Bears rank last in the Pac-10 in scoring defense at 75.5 ppg allowed.

IN QUOTES: “He was probably nervous. I would be, too. A freshman in the Garden. He’s used to being guarded every day by Jerome, who is 5-8. Now he’s going against guys 6-7.” — Montgomery on freshman guard Brandon Smith’s rough time at Madison Square Garden.

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CAL (2-2)
Starters                                 Ht   Yr   Pts   Rebs
PF Jamal Boykin                        6-8  Sr.   9.8  7.0
C  Markhuri Sanders-Frison       6-8  Jr.   4.5   5.8
SG Jorge Gutierrez                   6-2  So.   6.3  3.3
SG Patrick Chrstopher              6-5  Sr.  13.8  3.5
PG Jerome Randle                  5-10  Sr.  22.8  3.5*

Key reserves
F  Omondi Amoke                   6-7  So.   5.0  7.3
C  Maz Zhang                         7-2  So.   3.7  3.7

Starters                             Ht   Yr   Pts   Rebs
SF Lehmon Colbert               6-6  Sr.    5.3   3.0
C  Glenn Powell                    6-5  Fr.   0.0    2.0
SF Ayron Hardy                    6-5  Jr.    2.0  2.0
SG Travis Cohn                     6-2  Jr.    9.0  1.0
PG Ben Smith                     5-10  Sr.   17.0  1.0*

Key reserves
SG Chris Edwards               6-1  So.    6.0  1.0
PF Chris Rozier                    6-6  Fr.    6.0  3.0

* – Assists

Jeff Faraudo

  • rollonubears

    let’s hope the officials don’t call a foul every time we touch an opponent. i think our scoring defense will be just fine when we actually get a game where that happens.

  • Bear IV

    I agree. That officiating in the Syracuse game was pathetic. Not that we would have won, but it definitely took us out of any chance of being competitive.

  • BadBill

    Just curious, why was my post removed pointing out the incorrect comment about Jacksonville U indeed being the same school as the one that went to the 1970 NCAA Final? It was shown earlier today, but appears to be no longer….

  • BadBill

    Meant to say that the “incorrect comment about Jacksonville U indeed NOT being the same school”, when it WAS…..

  • Jeff Faraudo

    BadBill, you are right. I may have said earlier that Jacksonville was not Artis Gilmore’s alma mater, but it was. Not sure why/if your earlier post was removed, but it’s not because you corrected a mistake. I will occasionally make a mistake, and I will own up to it.
    Happy Thanksgiving!