Coming into the game, the Pac-10 is dead last in conference RPI rating. So when you bring up a classical Pac-10 rivalry between Washington and Cal, you won’t get the attention of many. But to both Cal and Washington this is a big important game. James Randle came into the game with a lot to prove. Not only did this help the confidence of the Cal Bears but taking a one game lead in the Pac-10 was needed.
In the first seven minutes there were already six different lead changes. The first half was very entertaining, both teams exchanging baskets early on. But the first half was all Cal. At one point in the first half Cal rode a 19-4 run, led by senior guard James Randle.
In the first matchup Washington contained Randle, allowing him to score 5 points. That wasn’t the story today, James Randle kept the score takers busy by lighting up Washington for 33; 21 of which he scored in their dominant first half.
Cal played some inspired basketball at home. Randle pushed the ball up in down the court at a fast pace, leading to easy points in transition. All starters were in double figures on the night.
Cal did virtually everything they needed to do right in order to win the game. Cal used their size advantage down low, shared the basketball, shot the ball well, and most importantly played well on Quincy Pondexter.
Points off turnovers
The Cal Bears converted on their turnovers all night. Cal forced 10 turnovers and scored 14 points off of turnovers.
2nd-chance points/ Offensive Rebounds
Cal had a monster game in the paint. The Bears snatched down 12 offensive rebounds, and scored 16 second chance points. This is an area that that Cal struggled with in the first match-up but in this game they owned the offensive glass.
Points in the paint
The Cal Bear’s muscled down 37 rebounds. In their offensive set Jerome Randle could throw the ball inside and get the bucket or take it himself. The frontier players did well moving without the ball and it showed. Cal accumulated for 40 points in the paint; one major reason why Cal pulled out the double-digit win.
This win places Cal at (8-4) in the Pac-10 virtually setting them up for their first conference title in nearly five decades. For the remainder of the 7 games, 5 of them are at home for the Bears which is a plus since they’re a very good home team.
To sum it up, Cal got the early lead and never let the Huskies’ get back in the game. The Huskies’ got it down to as close as nine but that was it.
The Cal Bears are in action next at home against Washington State.
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