Inside the Pac-12

January 29, 2010 1:54 AM

Bears Take Control Of First Place

pac10-08-icon-cal.gifCalifornia defeated ASU 78-70. The Bears found a lot of success from behind the three-point line. Cal was 8 for 20 from behind the arc. Once again PG Jerome Randle was on fire again making four out of the seven three's that he attempted. Three point shooting is a big part of the Bear's game plan, but their ability to control the paint will determine if they win the Pac Ten. Jamal Boykin stepped up again providing the Bears with an inside presence. Boykin scored 25 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Cal will need that same effort from Boykin when they play a very young, but talented Arizona team on Sunday.

The Bears have a few problems they need to address that came up again in their win over ASU. This is the second game in a row that Cal blew a double-digit lead in the second half. 6-5 185 pound Trent Lockett scored at will against the Bears and finished the game with 15 points and six rebounds. Players with size and speed have been a problem for Cal's defense. California will face a similar player in Arizona's Derrick Williams (6-8 235). Williams scored 23 points in the Wildcats win over Stanford tonight. The Arizona/California match-up on Sunday will give the Bears an opportunity to create some space between them and the rest of the Pac Ten and give the Wildcats a chance to get back in the race for the Pac Ten Title.

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