Basketball: Cal postgame notes

A few notes of interest (presumably) . . .

— Jerome Randle needs just 11 points to move past Cal career scoring king Sean Lampley, whose record total of 1,776 points.

— Patrick Christopher now has 1,654 points, just one behind Kevin Johnson, two behind Joe Shipp. With three points, Christopher moves to No. 4 on the Bears’ career chart.

— Mike Montgomery wanted to rest his players as much as possible for Friday’s semifinal against UCLA, and he achieved it. Omondi Amoke played 32 minutes, but no one else reached 30. Randle sat the final 12 minutes.

— Jorge Gutierrez, who did not practice this week and was questionable after spraining his ankle at Stanford last Saturday, played 19 minutes and seemed fine.

— Minus Theo Robertson, who had a rare off-night shooting 2-for-10, the rest of Cal’s starters combined to shoot 27-for-41.

— Amoke’s 12 points marked the first time since Jan. 6 at home against UCLA that he’s scored in double figures.

— Senior Nikola Knezevic scored a season-high seven points off the bench.

— Oregon had 19 offensive rebounds, but Montgomery was so pleased — and apparently relieved — to get an easy win that he had trouble being very upset about it.

— With one more win, the Bears will have 23 — matching the most they’ve had in a season since the 1960 team that was 28-2 and lost in the national championship game. The Bears’ 1996-97 and 2001-02 teams both won 23 games.

— Oregon’s embattled coach Ernie Kent refused to address his job status after the game.

Jeff Faraudo

  • SteveNTexas

    Stanford is looking really good vs Arizona State- I think they are shooting 67%in the second half with about 4 min to go and they shot almost that much in the first half. Great defense too and ASU is flustered.
    60-47 with 3:47 left

  • SteveNTexas

    Announcers are saying “plenty of time left” with 46 seconds and up by 9 and at the foul line.
    Should ASU go to the NCAAs?

    Meanwhile in news from Texas that you are dying to hear. Sam Houston is struggling – which they have done ever since I talked them up here. UTEP in the other hand is leading at the end of the first half 48-20.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing a Cal -Stanford final. It would be nice to beat them 3 times in one season.

  • Otro Dan

    Your notes are always of interest, Jeff.

  • covinared

    With the new LA Live, Staples is a great place for the tournament. One suggestion, drink in the bars outside before the game. The large premium beers are $10.75.

  • BlueNGold

    Covinared- was the place yesterday really as empty as it looked on TV? I was really surprised by all the empty seats. After all, the main justification for playing at Staples every year is the potential for big crowds.

  • covinared

    It was probably 1/3 to 1/2 full for the day session which is typical for recent first days. It should be 2/3 full tonight. The surrounding bars were doing pretty good business. Alot of folks were drinking and watching on tv across the street. $85 face tickets to sit below and drink $10 beers is probably too expensive for all but the most dedicated.