Basketball: UC Santa Barbara game thread

FINAL SCORE: Cal 87, UC Santa Barbara 66. Christopher had 25 points was named MVP.  Randle scored 23. Randle moved past Keith Smith and Rickey Hawthorne into ninth place on Cal’s career scoring list with 1,415 points. Robertson added 10 points and joined Randle on the all-tournament team. Sanders-Frison had career-best totals of seven points and 10 rebounds, an encouraging performance with the start of Pac-10 play just four days away.

MIDWAY THROUGH THE SECOND HALF: Been gone for a bit, trying to think of how to explain this in the print edition. It’s 70-50 and it’s gotten no closer than 14 points. Christopher has 25 points and Randle just hit another 3-pointer — he has five of them — and has 20 points. I’ll return when it’s over, but trust me, you’re not missing a thing. Oops, another Randle 3, and it’s 73-50.

HALFTIME: Cal 49, UCSB 32. The Gauchos outscored Cal 8-2 over the final 1:53, with Will Brew (Berkeley-St. Mary’s HS) hitting a pair of 3-pointers. But Cal has complete control. The Bears shot 60 percent in the half, getting 19 points from Christopher, 10 from Robertson and nine from Randle, who has moved past Keith Smith (1987-90) into 10th on Cal’s career scoring list. Randle currently has 1,401 points. Brew has nine points for the Gauchos and freshman brother Chris Brew has five. The two are a combined 5-for-5 from the floor — everyone else in a UCSB uniform is 8-for-26.

3:54 1st H: A timeout and it’s up to 43-19. Robertson banked in a 15-footer off the break and has 10 points. Cal is shooting 64 percent, the Gauchos just 33.3 percent. This gets any worse and we could have a  UC system-wide crisis.

4:54 1st H: Ths has officially reached blowout status. It’s 41-19 and the Bears need just two more points to eclipse their season-high of 42 first-half points (at New Mexico). Christopher already has 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting, Robertson has eight points and Randle seven. Somogyi has won the battle of the ultra-big men, so far, hitting a pair of mid-range jump shots — only one of them defended by Zhang, who is now out of the game.

7:37 1st H: Forget the game — it’s 33-15 Cal, and it’s over. The compelling subplot is Cal’s 7-foot-2 1/4 Max Zhang vs. UCSB’s 7-2 Greg Somogyi. Max is from China, Somogyi from Hungary, by way of Woodside Priory HS across the Bay. First of all, Zhang appears an inch or two taller than his rival, meaning that either Somogyi is “only” 7-feet tall, or Max has miraculously grown to 7-5. (Perhaps his mother’s great home cooking). Anyway, each guy has shot an airball so far, but it’s fun stuff.

11:01 1st H: No sluggish start tonight. The Bears lead 24-12 and Randle is going to the line for one FT after being fouled while making a 25-foot 3-pointer. Why? Bears are shooting 10-for-16, while UCSB is 5-for-14. Christopher already had eight points and Sanders-Frison is playing well — three points, five rebounds and two assists. But he’s getting a rest and Max Zhang is on the floor. Randle, by the way, made the FT, to make it 25-12.

15:57 1st H: Cal has jumped out to a 9-3 lead, scoring the past nine points. The Bears are moving the ball well, and Sanders-Frison already has passed for two assists. Robertson has five points on a 3-pointer and a fastbreak layup. Cal is shooting 4-for-7, UCSB 1-for-6.

STARTING LINEUPS: Same as last night for the Bears, who will go with Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher, Theo Robertson, Jamal Boykin and Markhuri Sanders-Frison. UCSB will start Will Brew (Berkeley-St. Mary’s HS) and Paul Roemer (De La Salle HS) in their backcourt, along with Jamie Serna, James Nunnally and Orlando Johnson.

CONSOLATION FINAL: Furman (6-6) got 24 points from Jordan Miller and 22 points and nine rebounds from Amu Saaka to beat Utah Valley (6-7) 77-69. Corey Claitt and Shawn Deadwiler each scored 16 for the Wolverines.

WELCOME: Good evening all. We’re back for the championship game of the 17th Golden Bear Classic, with Cal (7-4) facing UC Santa Barbara (5-4) in its final tuneup before Saturday’s Pac-10 opener at home against Stanford.

We’ll have starting lineups in a few minutes.



Jeff Faraudo