Bears Can't Overcome Mistakes in Loss

PALO ALTO, CA – The California Golden Bears' stay in the top 25 will most likely be a short one. The Cardinal did not show much hospitality to Coach Mike Montgomery in his homecoming of sorts as Stanford knocked off Cal 75-69 on Saturday night.

Randle and Christopher combine for just 22 points

In his first game back on the Farm, Coach Mike Montgomery's introduction was met with as many cheers as boos, which brought a smirk out of the former 18-year Cardinal head man.

The California was supposed to be the team with the dynamic duo but Stanford's Lawrence Hill and Anthony Goods looked to have the best tandem as they led the Cardinal with 25 and 19 points, respectively.

It seemed that neither player could miss. Their effort was made easier with Cal having the type of defensive lapses that we have not seen so far this year, leaving each player with far too many open jumpers.

The Bears played a very sloppy game that included lots of lazy passes and entirely too much dribbling without much ball movement causing 15 total turnovers.

Point guard Jerome Randle had six on his own and scored only 13 in easily his worst game of the season. Patrick Christopher's four-game streak of scoring double-digits came to an end with only a nine-point effort. Cal won't win many games this season with those two players only scoring 22 combined points.

Both teams started out on fire with Stanford hitting outside shots and California feeding Jamal Boykin down low in the post for some easy layups.

Boykin, nearly single handedly, kept his team in the game early on his way to a career-high 22 points. The game was close until a 14-5 run with about seven minutes remaining gave the Cardinal a 10-point lead that they would never relinquish.

Back to back 3's by Theo Robertson made it interesting with under a minute left but Cal ran out of time and sent the sold out Maples Pavilion crowd home with a win against their rival.

Game Notes

  • A very "interesting" first half in terms of the officiating, no free throws were shot by either team in the entire half.
  • Stanford's Anthony Goods was recruited by Coach Montgomery while he was still the coach of the Cardinal.
  • Tonight's loss ended the Bear's 9 game win streak and handed them their first loss in Pac-10 play.
  • The Bears will get their chance at revenge next month, the Cardinal travel to Berkeley on Feb. 14.

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