Cal Hammers Pacific 79-54

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) - Patrick Christopher had game-high totals of 22 points and nine rebounds Wednesday night to lead California to a 79-54 victory over Pacific.

The Stockton Showcase turned into a showcase for Cal's shooters as the Bears shot 53 percent in the first Division I basketball game played at Stockton Arena. The crowd of 8,704 was the largest ever for a Pacific home game.

Jerome Randle had 15 points and six assists for the Bears (6-3), who took command early in the first half and extended their lead throughout the game.

Jamal Boykin had 13 points and six rebounds for Cal, and Jorge Gutierrez added 10 points.

Michael Nunnally led Pacific (6-2) with 16 points and four rebounds.

Cal limited the Tigers to 33 percent shooting and held Sam Willard, Pacific's leading scorer, to one point.

Pacific hadn't allowed more than 63 points to any of its first seven opponents, but hot-shooting Cal surpassed that total with more than seven minutes remaining.

Cal took its biggest lead at 27 points on a late basket by Nikola Knezevic. Pacific never cut Cal's lead below 20 points in the final eight minutes.

Pacific traded baskets with Cal early before Christopher scored six consecutive points to begin a 12-4 run by the Bears that Christopher finished with a jumper and a dunk.

That pushed Cal's lead into double digits for the first time, and the Bears raced to a 31-15 advantage on a 3-pointer and drive by Randle.

Pacific got back within 11 points before Gutierrez beat the halftime buzzer with a 3-pointer that gave Cal a 41-27 lead at the break.

Christopher made all five of his shots as Cal shot 57 percent in the first half while limiting Pacific to 33 percent.

Christopher then made four free throws as Cal began the second half with an 8-0 run to push its lead past 20 points for the first time.


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