California was likely a Thursday night loss away from being on the bubble of an at-large NCAA tournament berth. Not only did Cal continue to solidify its NCAA hopes, but also the Bears hurt the Wildcats' NCAA chances while spoiling the night honoring former head coach Lute Olsen.
"As I've said many times: if we shoot the ball, we're good, and tonight we shot the ball," said Cal head coach Mike Montgomery. "That's just how it is. The games we lost this year, if we had shot like this towards the end of the game then we would have won."
Cal put on a clinic from the outside. Jerome Randle was unstoppable in the second half, nailing 6-of-7 from three-point line.
"I'm just excited for the team," said Randle.
"We came out and guarded well, especially against Jordan Hill. He's a tough guy to guard. I was just happy about probably getting into the tournament. I wanted to lead the team to the NCAA Tournament, and make some noise ,and I worked hard all summer to get to that point and now here we are."
As a team, Cal was 16-of-30 from beyond the arc. Theo Robertson added 24 points for the Bears. It was the Bears' first win in Tucson since 1995. Cal improves to 22-8, 11-6 in Pac-10 play.