Randle paces Cal to 102-65 win over Long Beach State
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP)—Jerome Randle scored 14 points in the first half to shake his team out of its offensive slump and California made a school-record 16 3-pointers on the way to a 102-65 win over Long Beach State in a first-round game of the Golden Bear Classic on Friday night.
Randle finished with 20 points, including five 3-pointers, and had four assists for California, which held the 49ers to 15 points in the first half and kept Long Beach State winless on the road this season.
Jamal Boykin, playing in just his second game for the Bears after transferring from Duke, added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears (8-2), who play North Dakota State in the championship game of the two-day tournament on Saturday. The Bison defeated Bucknell, 68-60, in an earlier game.
California opened the game by missing 11 of its first 12 shots from the floor but had no problems against the smaller, slower 49ers, who were no match once the Bears’ offense got rolling.
Randle had two of his 3-pointers in the second half, the last of which came as part of four straight 3-pointers by the Bears during a 14-2 run when California built a 77-39 lead.
The Bears, coming off their lone home loss of the season against Utah on Dec. 22, led by as many as 44 and finished the game 16 of 31 from 3-point range. The 16 3’s broke the previous California record of 15 set against Southern Cal on Jan. 24, 2002.
Greg Plater had 15 points while Darnell Porter had 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists for Long Beach State (3-7). The 49ers, struggling under first-year coach Dan Monson after losing five starters from last year’s team that won the Big West Conference and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, shot just 38.1 percent from the floor and were 10 of 30 on 3-pointers.
Ryan Anderson, Cal’s leading scorer who went in averaging 22.8 points a game, was held to 12 points, his fewest since scoring 11 in a season-opening win over Southern Mississippi. Patrick Christopher added 16 points and Devon Hardin had 10 points and six rebounds for the Bears.
California was 1 of 12 from the floor when Randle sank a 3-pointer from just beyond the arc midway through the first half to get the Bears going. They responded by going on runs of 14-0 and 13-2 over the final eight minutes and took a 38-15 halftime lead while committing just four turnovers.
Long Beach State, on the other hand, couldn’t hold on to its early good fortune. The 49ers, who led 9-2 at one point, struggled with their offense even more than California, shooting only 24 percent (6 of 25) in the first half while committing 13 turnovers.
Long Beach State also had no answer for Randle, who scored 14 of his points in the first half and fed teammate Nikola Knezevic with a behind-the-back pass on a fastbreak layup that gave the Bears a 16-12 lead.
Randle later hit his third 3-pointer of the first half as part of a five-point play but it was Christopher who brought the Haas Pavilion crowd to its feet with an emphatic dunk after he had blocked a shot by Long Beach State’s Donovan Morris.