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Patrick Christopher scored all 21 of his points in the first half, but it was the 14 straight that catapulted the Golden Bears to their fourth win of the Pac-10 season Thursday night.
Christopher’s 14-point run for Cal blew the doors off of a 17-13 game with 7:30 left before halftime. By the time the break’s buzzer sounded, the Golden Bears (12-6, 4-2 Pac-10) had built a 48-21 lead on their way to a 89-57 victory over Oregon (10-8, 2-4 Pac-10) at Haas Pavilion in front of 8,535 happy Cal fans.
“I think I was just–let’s see, I made my first shot, then it got away from me for a little bit,” said Christopher when explaining his hot hand at the end of the first half. “So, the next time I touched it, I got a little more aggressive. And then things just got rolling from there, my teammates started finding me, and we were playing good basketball.“
The Golden Bears’ defense held Oregon to 38.1% field goal shooting and also forced them into a horrid 1-18 shooting from three-point range. Cal was so good defensively, that even when they shot 43.3% from the field in the second half, they outscored the Ducks 41-36.
“To not let them come back in the second half, like we’ve allowed a lot of teams to, this probably was our most complete game defensively,” said Jamal Boykin after the game.
The game got so out of hand that nine of Cal’s players played 10 minutes or more in the game and five players scored in double-digits. Along with Christopher’s 21 points, Theo Robertson scored 18, Jerome Randle and D.J. Seeley scored 11, and Boykin scored 10. Omondi Amoke led all players with 11 rebounds on the night.
Cal’s hot streak will be put to the test on Saturday when they face an Oregon State team at 11am at Haas Pavilion. The Beavers swept Cal last season and have every intention of doing it again this year.
Oregon State Beavers(8-10, 3-3 Pac-10) at California Golden Bears (12-6, 4-2 Pac-10)
DATE: Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010
TIME: 11:00 AM PST
LOCATION: Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Ca.
Radio: KFRC (1550 AM)